Friday, 12 August 2016

My Escudella Recipe Plus Catalan Foodie Hamper Giveaway

Regular readers will know that I used to live in Gran Canaria and whilst I was there I fell in love with the Spanish and Catalan cuisine. It is healthy, full of flavours and dishes that keep you wanting more!

I was recently asked if I would like to talk about Catalonia. We are due to fly into Barcelona soon so this has got me thinking about one of Europe's most beautiful city that is overflowing with culture. But being the foodie that I am, food plays a big part in my travels. I love to try new foods and discover new cuisines. The cuisine in Catalan is very similar to Spanish cuisine. They use similar ingredients which I love.

Heading towards historic Pals
Picture courtesy of Inntravel

Today I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite dishes and also share with you a recipe that I have created using some delicious, chorizo style sausage that came all the way from Catalonia. I am also excited to tell you that one lucky Hijacked By Twins reader can also win their very own foodie hamper of artisan foods direct from Catalonia!

The meal pictured above it a dish that would be a perfect lunch. Fresh bread that has been gently grilled topped with a variety of vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, peppers and artichokes then topped with olive oil and deliciously fresh anchovies. This would go down a treat with an ice cold glass of either a local cerveza or rose wine from a local vineyard. I simply adore being able to sit by the sea and eat while basking in the Mediterranean sun, what bliss!

As well as the many sea front eateries Barcelona also is the proud owner of 22 Michelin star restaurants. So you know that whether you are visiting Sagrada Familia, the iconic Gaudi designed church, shopping down La Rambla, or watching the Magic Fountain of Montjuic you are guaranteed to find a restaurant that everyone will love.

Today I am sharing with you my version of an Escudella a Catalan stew. For my version I have used root vegetables and a chorizo style Catalan sausage. This is what I did...

My Escudella

Ingredients

250g carrots, sliced
1 lg red onion, chopped
125g parsnips, sliced
100g green beans, trimmed and cut in half
200g swede
600g new potatoes, cut into quarters
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
200g Somaia extra sausage or whole chorizo, cut into thick slices
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper

Method

Pre heat the oven to 200C if cooking quickly or 150C if slow cooking

1 - Place all of the vegetables, smoked paprika and sausage into a casserole dish and pour over the chopped tomatoes

2 - Mix everything together, cover and place in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes if cooking at a higher temperature. If you are slow cooking then it will need about 4 hours.

3 - Once cooked season with salt and pepper to taste


This dish is so easy to make but is so full of flavour. The sausage does all the hard work with regards to flavours. You simply add it to the dish and let it add the perfect amount of spice to the dish. This can be served as a main meal, as a tapas dish or as a side order with meat or even fish. This recipe made enough escudella for the five of us to have it as a main course then as a side portion the following day. If you want to bulk it out even more you can add pre soaked beans to the stew.

Now onto my giveaway!

Inntravel are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Catalan, artisan foodie hamper like the one pictured below. I have only included one of the products in this recipe but cannot wait to use some of the others and when I do I will be sure to share with you my recipe! To find out more about the cuisine in Catalan pop over and take a look at Inntravel's blog post about the Top Ten of Catalan Cuisine or visit the Catalunya tourist board.


The hamper contains:
  • 1 Somaia extra sausage as featured in this recipe
  • 1 box of Fesols de Santa Pau beans
  • 1 bottle of truffle oil
  • 1 box of Especialitats Cobo wafers and biscotti
  • 1 jar of grape marmalade

To be in with the chance of winning simply complete all of the mandatory sections on the Rafflecopter below and as many of the optional extras as you wish.

Terms and Conditions
  • Giveaway only open to UK residents
  • All mandatory options must be completed
  • Hijacked By Twins cannot be held responsible for the prize once the winner has been selected and their details passed on to Inntravel
  • Inntravel will be sending out the prize once the winner has provided me with their details
  • No other prize is available and cannot be exchanged for cash
  • If the selected winner does not make contact within 14 days a new winner will be selected
  • The winner will be notified via email
Good luck and enjoy x

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162 comments:

  1. Have never tried any but the escudella looks lovely x

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  2. I am sorry but i have never tried any, but heres hoping i get the opportunity

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  3. Can't say as I've never tried Catalan before but would love to

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  4. SALSITXES - really my husband's favourite but I enjoy them too!

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  5. This looks gorgeous - we're off to Spain this weekend (to a different region) and I'm looking forward to some yummy fresh produce! #CookBlogShare

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  6. I've never tried any, but I *love* paprika, so anything made with that would be a contender, including your stew!

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  7. I love turron, their traditional nutty nougat and crema catalana - reminds me of my childhood when my Spanish father used to take us to Spain to see our relatives in Barcelona

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  8. I have never tried but I would love to they sound so tasty

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  9. i havent try any before but would love thankyou

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  10. i havent rtied anything but i do love chorizo so anything with that is perfect

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  11. Pan Catalan with serrano ham and manchego

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  12. Pan Catalan with serrano ham and manchego

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  13. Many years ago I had a seafood casserole - it was gorgeous !

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  14. My favourite food is fricando.Thank you for the chance :)

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  15. Butiffara, think I spelt it right , it's a sausage I had

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  16. Escudella for us!

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  17. To my knowledge, I've yet to try a Catalan dish. However, I do love cooking with tomatoes, olives, chorizo, and spices!

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  18. Would love to try (all sorts!) of Catalan food and let you know :-))

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  19. Butifarra is my favourite! x

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  20. I haven't tried any so can't say!

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  21. The best dish I had was a sausage and beans casserole in a heavy tomato and garlic sauce, it was amazing.

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  22. The sausage looks lovely would like to try a meal

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  23. Escudella - tried it on holiday - gorgeous x

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  24. I have never tried it before but very interested

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  25. I loved the Seafood Paella I had in Barcelona.

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  26. I love Fideuas, I like how its very much like a paella but served with noodles not rice.

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  27. That looks amazing, I would love to try it

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  28. Rachel Stephenson13 August 2016 at 20:50

    Never tried it before but would like to

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  29. Crema Catalana - so creamy and a great finish to a meal

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  30. I've never actually tried any yet, though the Stew does look very tempting x

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  31. I've never tried a Catalan meal before but this looks delicious x

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  32. Not sure whether I've tried any yet tho did taste my mums seafood paella once xx

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  33. I love any dishes using chorizo and this sounds so tasty! It's just the type of food I like to cook at home if I want an easy tasty meal that I can prepare quickly and then just leave in the oven to cook slowly. Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice as well!

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  34. Fab recipe, looks yummy! Enjoy your trip to Barcelona xx

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  35. I've never tried it before but would love to!

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  36. Ooh this sounds delicious, Kirsty! I have never been to Catalonia and have just flipped over to Wiki to see if I have actually tried any Catalonian food - turns out the only thing on the list I've tried is allioli - but I love that!! I have however tried lots of Catalonian wines - it's a great area for getting great tasting but good value wines. Really must visit one day!! Hope you enjoy your trip :-) Eb x

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  37. I love Canelons, I had them in Barcelona

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  38. Unfortunately I've never tried again

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  39. My Auntie is Catalonian and she makes a delicious tomato dip by blending super ripe tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. It's so simple but beautiful.

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  40. I can never decide my favorite

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  41. I love Fideuas a type of seafood noodles :)

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  42. Paella is always my favourite, thanks for the giveaway.

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  43. tapas is the ideal prelude to a lovely meal

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  44. Margaret Clarkson
    I've never had the chance to try any

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  45. I have never tried it before. I am a lover of food and would love to try something new

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  46. Don't think I've tried any, but patates d’Olot sound good.

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  47. I don't think I've tried any but would love to! :)

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  48. chicken and chorizo paella CHERYL HADFIELD

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  49. I like Ollado - a bit like a stew. EJ Dunn

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  50. Anything with chorizo in it -- love chorizo.

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  51. Lots of different tapas dishes - yum! (@PeanutHog)

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  52. A Spicy Pork, Chickpeas and Sausage Stew yum yum!

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  53. I've never tried any but they look yum.

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  54. Suquet de Peix - seafood stew. My favourite with lots of crusty bread.

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  55. Catalan Biscotti is a gorgeous recipe

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  56. Never tried it, but winning this is a great way to find out

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  57. We love Escudellla. (@FCWedding on twitter)

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  58. I'm veggie so I don't know really

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  59. Ive never tried Catalan food, although I love spanish dishes

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  60. I love anything with chorizo in it!

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  61. We've just got back from a fortnight in Lanzarote so we've been eating crinkly potatoes, paella, fideua and patatas bravas, but I don't think any of those are really Catalan !

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  62. Patatas bravas

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  63. I don't think I have ever had any but it sounds scummy

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  64. I don't think I have ever had any but it sounds scummy

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  65. Escalivada (Grilled vegetables)

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  66. I haven't tried but would like to x

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  67. My favourite is mongetes amb botifarra

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  68. I love the chorizo in cider

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  69. I think it would be some kind of stew

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  70. Escudella but mine always looks different & never as good as yours

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  71. Escudella so yummy

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  72. Ooh I absolutely love Escalivada :) This hamper looks fab

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  73. Mandonguilles amb sípia was nice

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  74. Have never tried Catalonian food before but seeing this recipe I would love to give it a go. Just need to win the hamper now so that I can try this recipe xxxx

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  75. No idea, never tried any I don't think. It will likely include ingredients popular along the Mediterranean coast such as tomato, garlic, aubergine and prawns all of which I love.

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  76. The Grilled Vegetables. Emma Schofield.

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  77. i havent try any before but would love to thankyou

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  78. christine westlake26 August 2016 at 19:44

    never tried catalan so this would be a great prize for me

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  79. I have never tried Catalan food unless paella is one, in which case this is the one for me!

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  80. I love grilled vegetable dishes, especially with aubergines.

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  81. Crema Catalana is my favourite. Can't beat a good dessert.

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  82. I can't say as I've never tried Catalan before. I'd love to try it though!

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  83. Im not sure I've had any but love tapas and chorizo and this dish looks yummy

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  84. Escalivada is my favourite dish. Simple, but fabulous.

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  85. has to be tapas, we loved trying a little of everything!

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  86. I have never tried catalan cuisine.

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  87. I love tapas but would love to try a wider variety.

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  88. As a light meal, it has to be Pa Amb Tomaquet Pan Con Tomate- delicious!

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  89. Butifarra sausage is good

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  90. Love anything with Chorizo!

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  91. Is Paella Catalonian 'cos I love that.

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  92. I've not tried any but would love to

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  93. Paella with lots of garlic and chorizo

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  94. Spencer Broadley27 August 2016 at 15:21

    I don't know if I've tried any properly, but I know I like serrano ham, so anything with that and not too spicy

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  95. chicken and chorizo paella

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  96. I really like paella with lots of seafood

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  97. Never tried Catalan food before but having looked at a few recipes it certainly looks delicious

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  98. There's a fab patatas brass recipe gorgeous with allioli

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  99. I can't remember what it's called but it's like a paella but with little noodles instead of rice.

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  100. Definately a classic catalan fish stew, lots of fresh seafood, chorizo, vegetables, white wine, sweet paprika and saffron. Muy Bien Gracias!

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  101. I think i'd love to have an ollada again. I had one many many moons ago and loved it!

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  102. Loved cod in a tin ballaca a la llauna Louise ryves

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  103. I love anything with chorizo in :)

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  104. Ihave never tried it. looks lovely

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  105. never tried catalan food but would love too

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  106. I have never tried it but sounds like food that I would enjoy x

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  107. I have never tried it but sounds like food that I would enjoy x

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  108. I'm not sure I have tried any but anything with chirizo is good by me!

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  109. Pollo A LA Catalana, but I haven't actually tried that many Catalan dishes (at least, not that I know of)

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Thank you for your comments I do love to hear what you think and try to reply to as many as I can x