As a child I always had a couple of walnuts and a tangerine tucked into the toe of my Christmas stocking. I wasn´t very impressed with them then but tradition is tradition and it is still carried on in our house every year. Of course, fruit and nuts then were much more valuable and seen as riches in those long-off days! Nowadays most of us know that nuts help us live longer so we are lucky to be able to grow quite a variety of them here. Here are four giants for the best nutty Christmastime.
You might not expect ingredients for the perfect Christmas party to include 2000 kilos of flour, 500 litres of olive oil and 3000 litres of sweet Moscatel wine, but that´s exactly what´s required to cater for the 40,000 guests who visit the annual Migas Festival in the village of Torrox.
Many towns and cities throughout the world have unique dishes that encompass their overall culture and tradition. Migas is a traditional Andalucían peasant dish often made from breadcrumbs, although in Torrox the migas are made with flour. Normally served as an accompaniment to a main dish, of fried fish for instance, migas comprises of fried bread crumbs liberally laced with garlic, and may also contain small pieces of chorizo, ham or peppers.
The Mudejar in Archez reopened in November under new management.
The Mudejar is a lovely rustic building with both a dining area and centre patio space for eating and or drinking along with five unique rooms for rental on the floor above. Nicky and her partner Thomas have taken over this new venture and have opened up the building, which had been closed since 2010, painted it and added their own small touches. In essence the feel of the place is still similar to before as it is a lovely building full of charm and character. Nicky’s aim is for the Mudejar to become a popular place to eat or have a drink in the bar area, for both tourists and locals alike.
It was around 16 years ago that Caroline and Tony owners of Taurus Real Estate bought what they thought was going to be a holiday home in the village of Competa. They found Competa towards the end of a two week visit to the area starting in the Costa Blanca. In actual fact they were beginning to become disillusioned over whether they would ever be able to find their perfect place for a holiday home. However, once they found Competa and sat in the main Almijara square they knew straight away it was the village for them.