Food and drink

Anyone who has been to Spain knows that food and drink are an all consuming passion across the country, I could not mention the country without including this subject, and so I wished to incorporate the smells and flavours as well as the sounds and colours to describe the vibrancy of life in Alicante …

During the previous four days and nights, she and Ron, who had been enjoying a mini-break off work, squeezed between longer spells away on his shifts, had been out and about joining the heaving, ebullient throngs, eating local delicacies and drinking.

… and there are certain tastes that go with particular occasions …

Coca amb Tonyina is Valenciano for the famous tuna pie, a local dish that is baked for the fiestas in Alicante, it is sold in the local bakery shops and supermarkets during the Hogueras in June. It’s wonderfully tasty, un exquisito manjar …

… read more about Coca amb Tonyina, this yummy, oh so delicious, dish.

If you are in town, the Central Market is a must visit ...

This morning I took Betty and the children to the Central Market to buy a kilo of atún de sorro, tuna belly strips, some pine kernels, parsley and a sack of onions.

… get a further taste … Mercado Centralof the fulsome flavours there.

Around the corner from the Central Market was a lovely restaurant, a shame that since a few years ago now, it has closed for business …

There is a very nice restaurant called Tres Pinguinos, not far from here.

Most of the tables were full, the diners busy eating and chatting and she immediately felt a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Eden’s mouth watered instantly with the delicious smells of food, garlic being the dominant one. It was cool inside despite being absolutely packed with people.

… in my tale of two cities, someone had to take a little care, after a long lunch in that restaurant …

An effect of the wine suddenly caught up with her, Eden felt a little dizzy and gripped the railings firmly to try and stop space moving around.

… and there are another couple of providers of comestibles and other products I should also mention …

… as well as a particular beverage, which I most definitely want to highlight, which is …

… there are also a couple of beverages from the province of Alicante I would like to mention, which are …

… and amongst all the splendid wines that are produced in Spain, I have been seduced and enamoured with one in particular, known globally by it’s regional denomination, but producing an instantly recognisable, splendid flavour which the numerous bodegas manage to maintain at such a high level of quality.

Eating out in Spain is so common that we forget that homemade food is also a serious business, although not necessarily a professional endeavour, as commented upon here …

The half cooked omelette flew up, small globs flying off, leaving splashes on the floor and the cooker, did a flip and landed neatly, unbroken, back in the pan with a sizzling sound, cooked side up.

In the novel most of the narrative is based in Spain, however, there are, to a lesser degree passing references to food and drink in Croydon, one such …

Betty: ‘Remember, last month we were in that favourite pub of yours, next to the street market?’
Craig: ‘The Dog and Bull.’
Betty: ‘Yes, and your two mates came in, they were fundraising for their charity, lifeboats, the RNLI. You gave more than anybody else, remember how good you felt?’

… and here the narrator is talking about Eden’s father …

His fruit juice combo had three ingredients – apples, carrots and mangos, just like in the Miso restaurant, which was a favourite for their occasional meals out.

… and further on mentions the following …

… and later on that day, in their favourite Miso, he made a little speech saying that those forty years were full of love, mutual respect, tolerance and then he cried!

22/11/2019