Saturday, March 04, 2006

Today's special...

Today at the neighbors':
Calçots! Catalonian cuisine.
You can read a vivid description here

Calcots (pronounced kalsot) are roasted over charcoals on big wire racks. Even though the cooking is gentle, the outside of the calçots becomes charred. Small bundles are then wrapped in paper and arranged lengthwise on the inside of a long clay roof tile.


At the table, you're provided a bowl of romesco sauce - special red pepper, almond, garlic and olive oil sauce.



Strip the charred outside sheath off, dip or drag the white part of the calçot through the thick sauce and lower it into your mouth, biting off the juicy, tender bottom half.


This is what your hands look like afterwards...


Bon appetit! Guten Appetit!

40 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun lunch will check back tomorrow for the update.

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  2. Those bonfire google pictures make it look like eating these things can be a lot of fun!

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  3. Hey Mar - I forgot to tell you your site is back and normal and looking awesome again. :) Hmm - I'll have to check back for those pics.

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  4. hello - from michele
    sounds YUMMY!

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  5. Why am I suddenly so hungry?

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  6. Looks like fun eating those things...Michele says hi!

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  7. Oh my gosh that sounds delectible. I love getting messy when i eat.. those are the best meals!

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  8. They sound like a cure for what ails you, lol! I'd love to try this-- Thanks :)

    Here from Michele's

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  9. Hey... where are your fantastic photos? :)

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  10. Hi Mar, here from Michele's today.

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  11. You are right that does look like fun. I hope you had plenty of wet wipes with you lol.

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  12. YUM. I love food that is an event in itself.

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  13. it does look like an event in itself...but I can't stand to get messy when I eat :( personal freaky thing

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  14. cool, i vicariously enjoyed it -- gotta go wash my hands now.

    ~michele sent me.

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  15. Sounds good. I gotta try it.

    Here via Michele.

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  16. Sounds delicious!!!

    Michele sent me.

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  17. Looks very yummy. Thanks for sharing that information about calcots.

    Here via Michele's.

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  18. Thank you for trying to leave the mesage. I'm new to this stuff and at this time, I don't know if you post on my page with yahoo account. I like the 360 thing, but they need to correct that issue. Thanks

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  19. Well, that's different! I'd make a complete mess of myself eating those, hehe.

    Here via Michele's :)

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  20. Yum, that looks like it would be worth the mess. What do they taste like?

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  21. Katherine, the calcots selves have a very mild onion taste. The best part is the almond- olive oil- Ñora (a sort of red peppers) sauce...

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  22. Well, I wasn't commenting anonimously in my own blog... blogger is playing games on this site.

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  23. That looks interesting.... I'm not a fan of getting messy when I eat (at least in public!) but I knwo 2 people who don't care!!

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  24. Kontan ,Frog Legs- I don't like to eat with my fingers at all. I married the one who would peel off my shrimps and calcots for me :)

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  25. This looks fun and good - kind of reminds me of Artichoke's in the way that you eat them.....
    Smiles,
    Chrissie

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  26. Didnt mean to post that as Anonymous.

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  27. gastronomic delights abound! i wish i was there now.:)

    by the way, nar, your blog's looking better and better. how do you make those drop down windows for the archives and the posts? want to make mine a little bit neater by incorporating those but no one seems to be able to help me. :( hope you can give me some tips. :)

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  28. oops! sorry for misspelling your name...aargh! that's what happens when you type fast...

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  29. Hey Ribbit! I will e-mail you tomorrow with the goodies :)

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  30. Are they anything like ramps? My dad used to go to ramp fests and he'd come home stinking terribly!

    Michele sent me.

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  31. looks delicious - and messy - great fun. I don't think I have tasted them.

    They look a bit like a cross between a leek and a spring onion. I assume they have an oniony taste?

    I doubt whether our local shops here will stock them. But I shall ask!

    Here today via Michele's.

    rashbre

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  32. Wow.... I cannot even imagine what that tastes like. They look sort of like asparagus. Or are they sweet? I'm intrigued!!!

    Here via michele...

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  33. Kenju - I looked it up, since calcots are a crossing between leeks and spring onions and ramps are a leek kind, they are related. But I cannot tell you the difference in taste! plus I read ramps are boiled in water, calcots are roasted, never boiled...

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  34. Those look like leeks? Are they the same as English leek?

    Yummy.

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  35. Hi Mar, visiting via BlogMad..your site looks great!! That looks like fun food!! Though wipes would be in order! ;)

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  36. that looks so interesting....
    I'm growing some garlics in my backyard - looks similar.?

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