A while ago I posted about the differences between the Spanish Paella and the Italian Risotto (read my post here) and I promised I would also share my Paella recipe. So here we come to my personal interpretation of this Spanish Flagship food, which is popular all around the globe and appreciated pretty much by all.
As far as food is concerned, there are several similarities in the food tradition of Italy and Spain: we both use olive oil rather than butter, we both make large use of tomato sauce, onions and the aromatic herbs of the mediterranean basin. Some local products are also very smiliar such as the Spanish Jamon (Serrano and Iberico) and the Italian Prosciutto Crudo (Parma and San Daniele being the most popular, although an immense variety is available).
Although the concept of Mediterranean Diet is shared pretty much by every Country bordering the sea, the inclusion in the world heritage list was promoted by 4 Countries from both the north and south shore: Italy. Spain, Greece and Morocco.
Have you ever wondered where the scenes of the operas are? Where does those dramatic or comic event take place? I did, and I found 10 places to visit based on the plot of some very popular Operas and some of the least represented worldwide. I have identified 10 cities (actually 11) or geographical areas that in some cases I already know, in some others cases are brand new to me.
Within the context of the Mediterranean sea the cooking techniques and traditions are somehow similar, thus making it difficult sometimes to allocate a recipe to a specific Country rather than to another.