This is what Isaac made me for lunch on Saturday:
Arroz con mariscos. Basically seafood paella without the big, round pan. He’s officially the best boyfriend in the world, and an excellent cook to boot!
But then again, when Isaac got out of the shower this morning, I had chocolate chip muffins already in the oven…so I guess we’re about even.
I have to say, we eat REALLY well. It’s one of the things I most love about Spain in general and Galicia in particular. Galicians love to eat, and, well, so do I!
We usually start our days with fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee -in actual mugs with saucers that we drink while sitting at our dining room table and not in the car- and whatever fresh baked thing I’ve come up with lately.
For lunch we have whatever the garden gives us. Today for lunch we had roasted vegetables over rice (tomatoes, onions, peppers, and zucchini). It was DELICIOUS, and the only thing that didn’t come from Isaac’s parents’ farm was the rice.
We get all our eggs from the farm (and sometimes chickens!), as well as a wide variety of fruits and vegetables: peas, green beans, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, garlic, pumpkin, favas, spinach, chard, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, plums, lemons, pears, and apples (and there’s probably something else I’m forgetting). It makes us pretty creative too, because when there’s zucchini, there’s a LOT of zucchini, and most of the pumpkins reach an obscenely large size, so we get pretty inventive sometimes.
Dinner for us is generally a tapas affair. More often than we probably should, we just cut a big hunk of semicurado cheese, set out some salami or pepperoni and some olives, and rip off hunks of the baguette we bought (fresh, of course) at lunchtime. In fact, last week, I packed up all of those things for a picnic and we took our dinner to the park when Isaac got home from work (since the sun doesn’t set until about 11pm here in summer, we can still enjoy the evening sunshine!). Now that it’s summer, we also usually have some tinto de verano (red wine mixed with slightly sweetened carbonated water). When we’re feeling ambitious, we fry some pimientos de padrón in olive oil and salt (“ones are spicy, anothers don’t!” – but that’s a story for another time), or just cut up a ton of fruit into a big bowl and grab forks. Lately I’m into making parmesan flatbread, because it’s so ridiculously simple, I can have it made and out of the oven before we sit down to watch TV. (Okay, we also sometimes just eat popcorn -homemade- or an entire pint of ice cream, but that’s not nearly as glamorous.)
But for me, eating well (that is, eating simple, local, fresh, delicious, unadorned things) is one of the major joys in life, and I have to say, I’m very happy.