Summer Menu at Cantueso

Our chefs have been busy creating some new dishes and many old favourites for this summer, which we hope you will try and enjoy.

As always all our food is home made and please remember we can cope with allergies and food intolerences. Just let us know and look at our special menu which lists all the main allergens. Click below to see full details of our summer  menu.

Cantueso menu May 18

Figs Galore in Periana

Fig Parfait currently on the menu at Restaurante Cantueso

August in Periana is so very fruitful and we have been enjoying lots of peaches and are now trying to cope with a bountiful supply of figs, grapes and almonds. Bonnie our black lab has a preferred route for her morning constitutional which passes our neighbour Antonio’s plot so that she can pick her own grapes which hang from his hedge (or rather the chain link fence). Around here they tend to be the Muscatel variety, greeny red, very juicy and sweet. but complete with seeds. If you have become accustomed to the supermarket seedless/tasteless varieties just come for a walk around the village and sample these delights.

While on your stroll watch out also for figs which are all around and often never picked. We have this summer been asking our guests to help out so as not to waste these black beauties which grow in abundance in the garden at Cantueso. Figs are full of fibre and minerals such as calcium and magnesium and just two will contribute to your five a day quota.

For those of you reading this in Britain you can of course buy some at M & S but they will cost about 80p each!

Eating one of your five a day has never been easier.

We have as in other years turned some surplus figs to good use by making Fig and Ginger Chutney. Not very Spanish we know but our kitchen often make their own version which they call marmalade and use it as an accompaniment to Serrano ham or cold cuts. In case we can tempt you the recipe is below.

Fig & Ginger Chutney

1.3kg Figs, chopped

450g onions chopped

1.1l malt vinegar

450g cooking apples peeled and chopped

450 g seedless raisins or dates, chopped

3 tablespoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon salt

900g granulated sugar

Chop as coarse or as fine as you like.

Place onions in a preserving pan or large saucepan with a little of the vinegar and cook to soften but not brown.

Add apples, raisins or dates and continue to cook until soft and pulpy.

Add the figs, ginger, salt, sugar and remaining vinegar, bring to the boil and then simmer until thick again. Be careful not to burn the sugar on the bottom of the pan.

Pot into sterilised jars.

Hints: if you don’t have a preserving pan with sloping sides evaporation of vinegar will not be as efficient so reduce the vinegar to 1 litre.

Sterilise jars by washing in the dishwasher. Ideally use Killner type jars but any metal cap jar will normally work well as long as they are sterilised.

Makes about 2.2 to 2.7 kg. Keep for at least two months before eating.

Cooking time about two hours.

and if you still have figs why not try

 

Figs in Syrup

1 kilo Figs

500g Caster Sugar

Juice of one lemon

1 Vanilla bean (cut in half lengthways)

1 tablespoon rum or brandy

Method:Place sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean and 625ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Add the figs lower the heat and cook uncovered for about 20mins.

Remove the softened figs with a slotted spoon and set aside. If the syrup is still watery and pale, boil it a little more until thickened. Place figs in a suitable preserving jar. Let the syrup cool and then pour over the figs adding the rum or brandy over the top.

Place a disc of greaseproof paper on the top making sure the figs are submerged.

Once opened, keep in the fridge and use within one month.

Perfect for pouring over vanilla ice cream.

Goes Down like a Bomb!

Might not look explosive but it certainly packs a punch!

Might not look particularly explosive but it certainly packs a punch!

At Restaurante Cantueso we are always seeking to offer you new or different Spanish delacacies either “para picar” or on the a la carte menu. This summer is no exception.

Potato Bombs (Patas de Bomba) is the latest and as we are already getting favourable feedback and questions about the dish’s origins we thought we might explain. It is currently the signature dish in many of Barcelona’s tapas bars and was created by an enterprising bar owner (Maria Pla) in the late 1920s. It turns the humble croquette into a bomb shaped potato ball which, whilst maybe not too explosive, has a deliciously piquante filling.

During the ’20s and ’30s before the civil war had begun there were many anarchists operating throughout Catalonia, particularly in Barcelona, where they had copied the techniques of the Italian underground movement to wreak havoc against the nationalist authorities. During this period, because of these anarchists, Barcelona became known as la rosa del fuego, the rose of fire. And the weapon of choice in this urban warfare was a steel ball, filled with explosives, and having a string fuse. This became the inspiration for Maria Pla and her culinary creation found immediate acclaim. No doubt when George Orwell sat writing his famous works on the bloody wars surrounding him in Barcelona he would have also been familiar with this less damaging bomb. Not only is it now a reminder of those troubled times but also a credit to the gastronomic resilience of Catalonia’s tapas culture.

We hope you will come and try this latest dish and maybe some of our other new additions.