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Paloma Paloma | 10:57 UK time, Friday, 22 July 2011

Hello everybody!

In my last blog entry when I said native home museum what I meant was that there is a museum in the same house where Pablo Picasso was born. They tried to show us the house like it was when he lived there. Sorry, I thought it was the right word!

Last saturday I went with my family to a restaurant by the beach to say goodbye to the sun, the nice weather and the Spanish food. I took pictures of everything that we ordered.

Here are the pictures of the delicious food that we ate!

Sardines. I'll explain later how they cook them.


Paella. (I prefer my mum's paella!)


Clams cooked with garlic, parsley, olive oil and water.


Fried little squids. (One of my favorite!)


Fried Anchovies.


Fried aubergines. We eat them with sugar-cane syrup.


If you go to Malaga and walk along t of these promenade seaside restaurants don't worry if you see a man cooking sardines in a boat full of sand. It's very common! I asked the man who was cooking them how they do it and he told me that they put the sardines on a cane, being careful of putting the bones of all the sardines on the cane (not some of them under and some of them on). Then they put the canes in the sand near the fire.

Beach restaurant

Here you can see where they cook them.

As I told you before, I love my mum's paella. She cooks it almost every sunday and all my siblings come to my house to have it too. Some of the ingredients are prawns, chicken, rabbit, peas, peppers (red and green)... Here is a picture of my mum's paella.


I'm in the UK at the moment! I arrived at East Midlands Airport last Monday evening. My plane was full of tanned British, I think I was the only Spaniard on board!
As I told you on my first entry, I'm working as au pair until the 17th of August. It is the third time that I work for this family, so we already know each other. Although it's cloudy and cold I'm happy to be here, I really love this country and its people!
See you soon!


  • Comment number 1.

    Dear Paloma,

    First of, welcome as a student blogger of July! I have read your all posts and have enjoyed reading them. Your today's post is making me hungry and it's so interesting to learn how sardines are cooked. As of Paella, I would call it the taste of Spain and Spaniards should be proud of it. I am a kind of curious to know if Paella is your national dish? Are fried aubergines sugar cane syrup a combination of sweet and savory? This one sounds simple yet delicious.

    Enjoy your blogging month!

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Paloma,
    Your blog looks yummy:)
    In the north coast of Colombia ,as a result of our spanish roots ,we have very similar dishes but with that "caribbean touch" that make our food more spicy.Aubergines prepared mostly in the italian way baked with pasta and tomatoes and similar paella but without rabbit(your mum´s paella look great...I can smell it!Can you give us the recipe?).After read your blog..I´m really hungry.
    All the best in your new au pair season.

  • Comment number 3.

    To Naheed: Yes, we could say that Paella is one of our national dishes. It's even more popular in the east of Spain (in Comunidad Valenciana). I really love it. If you come to Spain you have to taste it. And as I said you can have a fish Paella or a chicken Paella. I think I prefer chicken Paella, but they are both delicious!
    To Alfonso: Here food isn't too spicy but I like spice. I'll try to give you the recipe!
    Thanks for your comments!

  • Comment number 4.

    Dear Paloma:

    Thanks for the blog and the photos. All the dishes are very popular here in Argentina. They are really delicious and very tempting in the pictures, especially your mum´s paella. Congratulations to her and good luck in your new au pair season in the UK.
    I´m going to cook now, it´s very difficult not to be hungry after your tasty blog.
    The best for you! Beatriz.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Plaoma

    this blog is very delicious :) in my country we have many dishes delicious also for example ceviche this is from Perú i hope one day you taste.

  • Comment number 6.

    Congratulations! your blog is very interesting. I like it. bye

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Plaoma,

    first of all i woud lıke to thank to you for your wonderfull shares.They were all great and i believe that everbody loved them as i.Thanks to you we learnd about piccasso and your natıonal dishes and the beauties of malaga.
    by the way i admıt that i am one of the squid lovers too.One day maybe i could try its in spain

  • Comment number 8.

    Thanks Paloma for your quick response! Looking forward to reading more from you.


  • Comment number 9.

    Hello, Paloma
    Photographs look picturesque and appetizing so I think I’d like to test every one of the dishes. Undoubtedly every one of them is mouth watering. I don’t know which one I want more. It was difficult to read text to end. Are you going to cook any Spanish dishes being in UK, Paloma?

  • Comment number 10.

    Add your comment Hi Paloma , it 's my first comment on your Blog . it 's too Nice to know you and your land ! I didn't know about eu pair So I surfed the Net . It sounds interesting ! Hope to read your lines about life in UK !
    see you soon and bye
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Paloma,
    Cooking fish in a boat filled with sand - I've never seen anything like that, but it seems like a good idea - if you have a spare boat, that is... No, seriously, I loved reading your blog, and once again I experience this wish to see everything with my own eyes and visit the blogger-of-the-month's country on the spot...
    Well, I may not be able to do that, but I might learn to cook a proper paella to begin with - or fried aubergines with sugar cane syrup, which sounds really exotic to me as I've only seen (and tasted) aubergines used in savoury dishes so far.
    By the way, I worked in London as an au pair many years ago, after secondary school. It must be nice to return to the same family - hope you have a good time!
    Elisabeth from Austria

  • Comment number 12.

    wow really i loved your blog and i love love sea food so much

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Paloma,
    I was feeling hungry while i read your article. There is no doubt that the foods you mentioned all are delicious indeed. However, I am from Bangladesh and lot of rivers flew along the country. Fortunately, our hometown is located on the shore of a river and thus, of course, i grew up on having the fresh water fishes such as hilsha, prawn, puti, taki and so on. However, Bay of Bengal is also covered southern part of Bangladesh and results in availability of sea food in that area. I travelled twice to Bay of Bengal but i dont remember much about it because it was almost ten years ago when i was a child. Moreover, as far as i can remember, i had eaten sea fish such as Rupchanda at that time.
    I wish you good luck in your trip to England and hope you enjoy the most.
    Best wishes...

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Paloma
    I tottly injoiable and feel full it's really dilacious meal even though we have sardian in a country but it's not major meal , I wish I had lived there beautifull wheather and and m, and a beach as well as I love madly spain people .


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