In this series I invite you to explore Catalonia through its gastronomy and wines. As in many other Mediterranean cultures, wine is an integral part of almost every meal. We cook with wine, we talk about wine, and we enjoy our wines responsibly. In the second part of this series, I will prepare an arròs negre, a traditional Catalan version of the Spanish paella where the rice is coloured black by the ink from cuttlefish or squid. This is an unforgettable Catalan classic that looks dramatic and brings a lot of delicious and delicate flavours to the table. It can be served as a starter or as the main dish, and you can make it with almost any kind of seafood. I will also mix up an all-i-oli, the Catalan garlic mayonnaise that adds that extra punch to this dish. I will pair my arròs negre with a white grenache, a quite powerful white wine with a nice balance of acidity and body, but as always, follow your own taste when choosing a wine for your meal. While cooking, I will introduce you to the beautiful wine region of Terra Alta, the highlands of Catalonia, where the white grenache, or Garnaxa Blanca, is at its best. Black Rice with Baby Squid Cook it on the stove, in the oven, or as I prefer, on the barbecue. This recipe is from the Catalan Culinary Institute, with a tiny change, I add a splash of white wine to my rice. • 500g baby squid (chipirones), cleaned • 500g Spanish Bomba rice (paella rice), or Italian Arborio rice (risotto rice) • 16-20g (4-5 sachets) squid ink • 2 medium sized onions, peeled and finely chopped • 3 tomatoes, halved and grated • 1 litre fish (or chicken) stock • 250 ml dry white wine • olive oil to fry • salt and pepper to taste • a handful of flat-leafed parsley, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped All-i-oli All i oli, literally means garlic and oil in Catalan, and the authentic recipe is an emulsion of fresh garlic and virgin olive oil alone, but it has become popular to make the milder version with egg yolks. And if making mayonnaise is not your thing, just add garlic and a splash of olive oil to your preferred shop bought mayonnaise. • 3-5 garlic cloves, pounded to a paste (roast or boil if you prefer milder flavours) • 200ml sunflower oil (using only olive oil can make the aioli taste bitter) • 100ml mild virgin olive oil • 2 large egg yolks • 2-4 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste • A pinch of salt, to taste Welcome on this culinary journey and good luck with your cooking!
The host and presenter, Sinisa, has been living and working with wine tours, in the more rural parts of Catalonia for more than 10 years, and is now sharing his passion and personal experiences around Vermouth! Besides his love for wine and travel, he has a great passion for old cars, so in 2016 he did the Mongol Rally. The Rally itself is a crazy event, starting in London and ending in Ulan Ude in Siberia, passing though Mongolia and before that some 22 countries. The race was for charity but also for the adventure and for wine. Together with a sommelier friend from Sweden, he stopped in many of the wine producing countries on the way, visited cellars and tasted wine! Some of the countries that were visited: Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Did you know they make some quite good wine in Kazakhstan?
Sinisa has been guiding since Mar 2012
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