04 Mar 2016
GASTRONOMY and TRADITIONS.- Are we what we eat … ??
Typical dishes of Catalan cuisine
Wise men say that “we are what we eat” and the reflection of society is in the cuisine of each one. In Catalonia, since ancient times, it has forged a unique history in Catalan kitchens and stoves, which has left a trail of incalculable cultural value and has become the cornerstone on which one of the best cuisines of the world is built for the richness and variety of its foods. The history of Catalan cuisine dates back to the very creation of this small country and its ability to incorporate the finest cuisine with which it has come into contact throughout the centuries. Thanks to these historical ties and to take advantage from the possibilities dishes from countries around the world offered, Catalan cuisine has become a gastronomic model.
By the hand of products around the Mediterranean, Catalan cuisine has been forged as a true reflection of the people who have grown and have made it possible, becoming an essential part of the cultural fabric of the Catalan people. Edible museum of the skills of its people around the world, the result of this goal is to enjoy a recipe that conveys the values and know-how of the Catalans, which helps to define its own identity and has led Catalonia to be considered one of the cultures of reference par excellence.
A simple bread with tomato, an unmatched snails, calçots (sweet onions), uniques; escudella (a kind of soup) with big meatballs, sauteed chanterelles from this land, unmistakable grandmother’s cannelloni and an endless list of delicious dishes, to close with desserts and sweets as typical as the cocas, panellets and Catalan cream, all accompanied by the best wines.
Catalan cuisine is also synonymous with tradition and deeply rooted customs of the people. While we can enjoy it whenever we want, there is nothing like enjoying the sausage egg for Carnival, or traditional fritters Lent, alone or cream and chocolate fillings, now we approach dates close to Easter. And of course, do not forget godparents give to their godchildren the traditional Easter Mona, with correspondingly large chocolate egg. Linking regional fare with celebrations and traditions of culture is very narrow, but it is precisely this feature that distinguishes Catalan identity from many of the major economic reference and social leaders, weak when the time to sit around the table and share a good meal with family and friends, arrives.
CATALONIA, European Region of Gastronomy 2016
Catalan cuisine, as we said, is much more than a cluster of exquisite experiences. Its relevance has become so notorious throughout the country between its population and visitors that it has become a gastronomic model. The degree of significance that kitchens of these lands awaken has become the reason why Catalonia has received a deserved consideration with an award that credited that: the recognition of European Region of Gastronomy 2016.
The award, which rewards extend education for healthy and sustainable food, while promoting gastronomic innovation and contribute to a better quality of life; highlighted Catalonia as one of the European food cultures of this 2016.
The award also is not only a clear reference to an example of food that provides healthy benefits for consumption, but also promotes the degree of involvement to position the local food product as singular exponent of the territory and the base of a kitchen that brings a particular culture accent.
Catalonia, a land that amazes by its appearance, and surprises us to fall in love for what it offers.