Jan en Granada
Follow Jan Marot on his gastronomic trips through Spain
Jan Marot has been a freelance foreign correspondent for Spain, Portugal and North Africa, travel guide author (ADAC, Marco Polo) and photographer since 2006. The gourmet and hobby chef was born in Graz (Austria, in 1981) and, thanks to a student exchange programme during the Semana Santa of 1998 in Granada, he discovered his love for Spain, its people and of course its diverse, traditional and innovative gastronomy. With his University degree of journalism, social and cultural anthropology, political science and biology in Vienna and Zurich in his hands, his suitcases were already packed, and he had the one-way flight booked. For 14 years now, the frequent traveller based in Granada, who is always keen to discover new tastes and dishes, has been writing and photographing for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including Der Standard, Profil, Die Welt, WOZ and Jungle World. As well as lately for the gourmet magazine Falstaff.
"What makes our Pimentón de la Vera so special is smoking"
"For two weeks, our peppers are gently smoked over oak wood and dried in the process," says Carlos Olivo in an exclusive interview for Colono on the "Pimentón de la Vera" from "La Chinata"and the smoked olive oil from “Finca La Barca”. It is the same procedure that monks used half a millennium ago in the famous monastery of Yuste, where Charles V spent his old age. "This not only gives the paprika its unique aroma, but also preserves the carotenes for the intense red color."
Elegance and equilibrium in the Manchego cheese
We're starting the new 2021 year with the outstanding “Manchego” cheese specialties ,which father Emilio and son Jesús Alonso mature to perfection in the hills south of Toledo (Castile-La Mancha) from the milk of their more than 2000 sheep and also refine with pimentón peppers, red wine or rosemary.
The art of winemaking high above the Duero River
Our journey takes us to the Spanish wine region Ribera del Duero D.O., where we will visit the winery Cillar de Silos in Quintana del Pidio (Burgos). We will learn what makes wines of the Aragón García family truly outstanding, what we can expect from the 2020 Pandemic vintage and which red is a more than worthy wine pairing for the Christmas feasts on the approaching holidays. And, of course, for the numerous festive occasions that we will hopefully celebrate in 2021
Close to "almond heaven"
We start our joint journey of discovery on the palate, quite Christmasally, after all, the "Navidades" are at the door. And this with a top and natural product that must not be missing at any Christmas party:Mandel-Turrén de Jijona, the cradle of production and for this we visit the family business Pablo Garrig's Ibéez.