Especias Antonio Sotos

You go to your kitchen willing to prepare a great recipe for your friends and family who are your guests at home. You prepare all the ingredients your dish needs, the pans and pots and other kitchen utensils to cook with. There! you really think that you are ready to become the best of chefs… but you aren’t, in fact. You still need one of the most important ingredients that will make the difference in your dishes: spices. what outstands in the Mediterranean cuisine is the excellent top class products as well as the wide varierity of spices used. These add aroma and flavour to all dishes; on the other hand, you have to know which to choose for each dish and the right amount.

 Spice range depending on what you are cooking.

There are different types of spices used as a basic ingredient. These are usually added to soups, sauces, rice, mushrooms, legumes and vegetables. Amongst all, the most outstanding are Paprika, Nutmeg, Thyme, or Basil. For main and strong dishes such as meat, vegetables and legumes, we can use stronger spices: cumin, different varieties of peppers (black and white), bay leaf, mustard o dill. Sweet spices can be used in desserts, although they can also be added in some salads. We are actually referring to the aphrodisiac cinnamon, vanilla, anis, fennel, and clove.

Paprika range.

We can find different types of varieties in some of them, such as sweet or hot Paprika. Both are used in rice (for instance paella, very typical in Mediterranean cuisine in which we can also add saffron also called “red gold”), potatoes, stir fry, stews or also in some sauces. Add paprika in the last moment of the cooking since, if you toast it too much, you will then get a bitter taste. The number of spices used is vast: rosemary, thyme, clove, coriander, peppermint, curry, ginger, oregano, basil, fennel… Which one are you cooking today?

05Sep 2016
Lose weight with saffron

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19Sep 2016
the cultivation of saffron

  Have you ever wondered what happens to this spice which we like so much, that which is known as red gold or saffron, before reaching our table? Five (5) are the phases which it goes through. However, taking advantage that at the end of the first stage approaches, we will discuss what the cultivation […]

28Sep 2016
Saffron, the spice against cancer and Alzheimer’s

Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are distinct diseases, but both have disastrous effects on a person’s body. Great strides forward have been made in science as regards their treatment, but there are still many years ahead until a final cure is obtained which achieves to palliate the diseases in their entirety. Until then, any contribution at […]

04Oct 2016
Learn how to toast saffron

Continuing on with the phases of saffron. If in previous posts we discussed the phases ranging from cultivation to peeling, now we will be going onto the next step: the roasting or drying of our red gold. And that is, after harvesting and peeling the saffron filaments, it is now time for drying and toasting […]

20Oct 2016
Meatballs with saffron and almond sauce

We’ll show you how to make meatballs, but no…. not in the usual way.  This time it’s a classic recipe but with two variations that it give it a delicious exquisite taste. We’ll be adding almonds and then adding that golden magical touch of saffron. Put your apron on and … let’s get down to […]