This week on What’s Cooking, World? I am proud to introduce one of my favorite food bloggers on the whole blog-o-sphere. Directly from Barcelona, Spain Núria writes about one of her favorite places of her beautiful country, the Basque country, and shares with us a delicious Codfish recipe. Please put your hands together for the lovely and beautiful Núria of Spanish Recipes.
I’m posting about Bacalao al Pil Pil, first because I think it has a funny name… Pil Pil. And second because I’m cooking all these catalan recipes lately and I wanted to give a wider vision of my country.
The evergreen Basque country is a region I admire and love. The first time we visited it with my husband was back in 94 during a hot summer. Traveling north is always a good thing during Mediterranean summer and the temperature was dropping while we were heading north. The food we ate during our journey was so remarkable that it’s one of the things that stands out when we remember that trip.
We didn’t have a car back then and we borrowed my father’s. Started our way up to the north and stopped for dinner at the Leyre Monastery (picture enclosed) in Navarra, were my husband asked for some Pochas con guindillas… Beans with hot chilli. Teardrops fell from his eyes while eating those guindillas they were so hot and spicy I would have died there if I had tried just one!!!! The Monastery has a Restaurant and also rooms. I highly recommend it.
Next dinner I remember was in Pasajes de San Juan (picture enclosed of the cute village) in a beautiful restaurant (too bad I don’t remember the name) but it was quite famous, it had Hollywood stars’ black and white pictures hagging on its walls whom once upon a time were there eating and feasting and whom probably had the foodie experience of their lives… I had a Bacalao al Pil Pil… and I also had the experience of my life and the best time! Many other dishes followed like some kokochas, some stuffed piquillo peppers, some hake in green sauce. My Bacalao will never be as good as the one I ate there 😀
The people of the Basque country treated us so nicely and their food seduced us from the first second… if you have the chance… go and visit it!!!