The Fruit Hand Grenade

The Fruit Hand Grenade

We have written about pomegranates before as they are so abundant in Periana and can be obtained freely from friends and neighbours who can seldom eat all of their crops.

They are in season now and when we tell our staff how expensive they are in the UK, they look rather disbelieving, so we photographed a sales ticket in Waitrose. It shows ONE pomegranate costs £1.60 or say 2€!

Our story about the pomegranate can be seen here: http://www.cantuesoblog.es/2010/10/11/driving-over-pomegranates-in-periana/

Two euros each! Not sure if the label also says “Scam me”

 

The Camino de Santiago (The Pilgrim’s route)

Tarta de Santiago

About the Pilgrim’s Route
The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching about 500 miles across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. Some people set out on the Camino for spiritual reasons; many others find spiritual reasons along the Way as they meet other pilgrims, attend pilgrim masses in churches and monasteries and cathedrals, and see the large infrastructure of buildings provided for pilgrims over many centuries.
Without doubt at the end of their journey they will visit the great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the relics of the apostle St. James are believed to be buried. They will also see Tarta de Santiago in the window of every pastry shop and restaurant.

About the Tarta: Torta de Santiago (in Galician) or Tarta de Santiago (in Spanish), literally meaning cake of St. James, and is an almond cake. The Galician name for cake is Torta but often the Spanish word tarta is used instead. It is made from ground almonds, eggs, and sugar, lemon zest, sweet wine and brandy.

Originating from Galicia in North-Western Spain during the time of medieval pilgrimage, this tart is traditionally decorated with the St James cross. With its wonderfully moist almond and citrus flavours, this torte makes a perfect dessert or partner to an afternoon café con leche.

It is a round shape and can be made with or without a base. The top of the pie is decorated with powdered sugar in the shape of the Cross of St. James, which gives the pastry its name.

At Cantueso we cheated with our photo and placed the cross on a slice rather than the complete cake! But at least you don’t have to walk so far 🙂

Chen Style Taijiquan

This week we were pleased to welcome back CTND from Germany for their third visit to Cantueso.

CTND Tai Chi at Cantueso

CTND hold a series of workshops throughout the week and find the tranquillity of our setting perfect for their specialist branch of Tai Chi which is an ancient Chinese system of health, martial arts, and mental conditioning.

The Chen Style Taijiquan Network in Germany was founded by Nabil Ranné and Konstantin Berberich both of whom have spent many years studying and teaching Tai Chi throughout the world.

Here in Periana they provide an intensive series of workshops teaching the first form (Yilu) in the tradition of Chen Fake, Chen Zhaokui and Chen Yu. The course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.

The class of 2017. CTND Students come from all over Europe

Konstantin in action

Nabil leading by example

CTND also hold seminars and workshops in several locations throughout Europe and further details can be found on their website: www.ctnd.de

 

2017 Menu now Available

We have been working over the last few months on our new menu and hope you will find something to tantalise your taste buds. As always we can accommodate specific allergies and will guide you through the ingredients of each dish, and whenever possible cook a variation to suit your needs.

Cantueso menu

as at 12th July 2017

 

¡que aproveche!

San Isidro Fiesta 2017


The annual festival in honour or the patron saint of Periana, St Isidro, will take place on the 12th to 15th May. As usual it will have plenty of entertainment for all ages and feature some well known Spanish musical performers. The village will be very much alive during the days and nights of the festival with plenty to see and do. Typically the villagers come out en masse late at night accompanied by their children (who normally sleep during the day.) Highly recommended to those with strong constitutions!

The official programme of events is as follows.

THURSDAY, MAY 11

18.00 Hours: Celebration of the festival Saint, with “besapies” (kissing of the feet) and the offering of floral tributes to San Isidro Labrador. Villagers are asked to contribute floral gifts with red and white carnations. These are used to decorate the throne of the patron saint.

20.00 Hours: Departure from the children’s throne of San Isidro to the town fountain. You are all invited to bring along and play musical instruments.

FRIDAY, MAY 12

20:00 Hours: Parade of the Municipal Music Band of Periana, announcing the beginning of the Fiestas.

21:00 Hours: Traditional Proclamation of the Festivities of San Isidro Labrador by Francisco Ramón Larrubia.
00:00 Hours: Fireworks and firing of rockets at the crossing of the Paseo Bellavista.
00:30 Hours: Coronation of the Miss and the Mister of the Festival of San Isidro 2017, in the Municipal House.

01:00 Hours: Opening of the Municipal House with the Melodies Orchestra.

02:00 Hours: Performance of the Quartet La Perdición.

03:30 Hours: We will continue with the Melodies Orchestra as long as the body holds out.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

11:30 Hours: Children’s party in the San Isidro Labrador School with our monitors Sonia and Sandra. Playground.
Election of the Children’s King and Queen of the fiesta of San Isidro 2017.

13:30 Hours: Beer tasting offered by Paco Zorrilla.
Tasting of sausages offered by butcher Pepe and María Dolores.

Endowed by the Panda of Verdiales San Isidro de Periana and the Choir Path of Olivares de Periana.

There will be a wine tasting by courtesy of Spectacles Rosa.

16:00 Hours: 7-a-side female soccer tournament on the municipal soccer field.

18:00 Hours: Ribbons Race on the Bellavista Promenade.

23:30 Hours: Opening of the Town House quartet La Perdición.

01:30 Hours: Support group to be nnounced.

02:30 Hours: The Orchestra of Melodies continues until the wee hours of the morning.

SUNDAY, MAY 14

13:30 Hours: Opening of the Day Fair in the Town House with a performance by the Abraham Ortiz group.

Beer tasting offered by Paco Zorrilla.
Sausagetasting offered by Rafael and Mónica.

18:00 Hours: Fiesta in Honour of the third age with a dance performance by Laura Maria.

Snacks offered to all grandparents of Periana and their villages.

Election of the Grandfather and Grandmother of the Celebrations of San Isidro 2017.

22:30 Hours: Opening of the Town House with the Quartet of Perdition.

00:30 Hours: Performance of the Mesmer “Anian Berto”.

01:30 Hours: We will continue to dance until the body gives in, with the Quartet of Perdition.

MONDAY, MAY 15

11:00 Hours: Solemn Mass in honour of our patron Saint Isidro Labrador, officiated by our parish priest Eduardo Romero.

Election of Mayors 2018

Mass enlivened by the rociero choir “Camino de Olivares” and Periana Municipal Music Band

13:00 Hours: Transfer to the Fountain Square of Santa Maria de la Cabeza, accompanied by the Mayordomos 2018.

Tasting offered by the Mayordomos 2017 in Plaza de la Fuente.

16.30 Hours: Departure of the procession of San Isidro Labrador accompanied by the Band of Municipal Music of Periana and Band of horns and drums La Estrella

23:30 Hours: Opening of the Municipal booth by the quartet “La Perdición”

03:00 Hours: Closure of San Isidro Labrador accompanied by fireworks

 

Cantueso Weather During the Last 24 hours

Periana — Play 24 hours

We have now added a timelapse view to our normal webcam page as shown above. It can be found below the live webcam picture here. You will also find more information about the local weather trends. It is interesting to note that our webcam generates up to 2000 viewers each week and on the www.webcams.travel website (which is our source of timelapse images) there were nearly 50,000 hits since 2014.

Driving Licence Changes and Car Hire

New regulations for UK driving licences

New regulations for UK driving licences (excluding Northern Ireland)

From June 8 the UK two part driving licence will change. No longer will the paper part be valid and all convictions, classes of vehicle that may be driven and your penalty points record will now be held by the DVLC centrally. In some ways this is a welcome change and means you no longer need to carry that bulky paper part around in your wallet. However it may cause trouble when hiring a car abroad and at the present time there is no clear guidance as to what foreign hire companies will need or accept.

Before you travel abroad it will be prudent to ask the hire company what they need. The DVLC will allow you to look at your driving licence details online or even download a summary. There is also a facility to create an access code which is valid for 72 hours and this will allow a hire company to go online and check your details.

Go to the DVLC page “View your driving licence”

You can use this service to: view your driving record, create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, eg your employer or a car hire company

The check code will allow someone to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last 8 characters of your driving licence number. To get this information you will need your driving licence number, national insurance number and post code that is on the licence. Better to get this sorted out before you travel rather than stand in the car hire queue with your smart phone!

See also our blog entry regarding travelling to Cantueso from Malaga airport and our tips for avoiding those car hire queues.

An unwelcome visitor!

It is not often we would describe a visitor as unwelcome, but last Saturday we had a power cut that stopped our restaurant operating and left guests in our cottages without power. A great saga ensued due in the main to Endesa the electricity supplier failing massively  to give the service we pay for. We are supposed to have a 90 minute emergency call out but on Saturday, after more than 25 telephone calls they turned up after 8 hours! And then to blithely say “not our problem get someone else to fix it.”

To cut a long, long, story short we finally found a competent contractor that could help at 7.30 am the next morning. It took him 20 minutes to change a fuse (one that was as long as your arm) and we had power restored, which brings me to the nub of our story. A visiting Genet had decided to climb the pylon and electrocuted himself in the process, and this in turn took out one of the three phases.

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Gineta, Jineta or Gato Almizclero (musk cat)                    Photo copyright Steve Garvie

Genets are cat-like carnivores closely related to the mongoose and most of them have a spotted coat with long bushy tails, and whilst seldom seen they are not rare creatures, but found throughout Europe having originated in Africa and most likely been imported as pets many years ago.
Nowadays wild Genets live all over Spain and can live in olive groves by eating small animals and insects. They are nocturnal and generally live alone.

What our Genet was doing up an 80ft pylon we will never know and quite how it climbed up is puzzling as its retractable claws would presumably be of little use on steel. Not the ideal way to see our first Genet and hopefully we won’t see another in such circumstances.

 

Periana Olive Oil Day and news update

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On Sunday, April 6 Periana celebrates its fifteenth Verdial Oil Day, which this year will be
attended by Javier Ojeda and Fran Perea . This celebration honours Periana’s extra virgin oil (verdial variety), offering visitors one of the best products in the land.
In many stands, around the centre of town, this liquid gold will be offered for tasting together with bread for dipping and from the 11 o’clock you may savour the typical miller’s breakfast. Olive oil based, with cod, beans and oil from Mondrón and Periana.
Visitors can also purchase other local products such as bread, brandy, sweets, seasonal fruits and meats …

• 10:30 AM Parade of the Municipal Band of Periana. Delivery of Passports and sealed “Singular Economy” all morning in the Plaza Alfonso XII.

• 11:00 AM : Miller’s Breakfast

• 11:30 Folk entertainment on stage in Fountain Square and Plaza de Alfonso XII.

• 1 2:30 Flamenco Performance “Nuria Martin”

• 13.00 Address 2014 by Javier Ojeda, vocalist of the band Danza Invisible.

•  13:15 Awards Ceremony 2014 Verdial Olivo.

Olivo Verdial Cultural Awards 2014 to Fran Perea , the actor and musician who is currently touring with his play’ Feelgood ‘.

Olivo Award Verdial Málaga to Stephanie Martin Palop , Provincial Coordinator of the Andalusian Institute for Women;

Olivo Verdial Axarquia Award to The Association “Hope” for Women with Breast Cancer in Axarquia

Olivo Verdial Award Informationto Gema Cold Luque for her Blog Periana and Districts;

Olivo Verdial Periana Prize to the Adult School “José Alarcón” ;

•  15.00 Tasting of typical products, enlivened with music.

•  17.00 h Concert 2014 OIL Falete.

There will also be a Playground for children.

 Malaga Airport Road Changes
The final part of the new access road to Malaga Airport has been opened and means that there are now two ways in and out. Our website instructions are still valid but will be amended when we have had time to explore all routes and to note the road number changes which affect car hire pick up points. Google maps show the new layout quite well and might help to explain the following information.

As a temporary measure please note the following:

When leaving the airport from a car hire pick up point follow signs to Malaga and look out for either the MA20 (Ctra Ronda Oeste) or MA21 (Av Velazquez) roads signed to Motril and Almeria. If you follow these roads you will connect onto the A7/E15 motorway also signed to Motril and Almeria, as per our detailed instructions. We always recommend caution when using satnav because the new roads tend not to be “seen” and when you get to the point where we say keep left onto the A7 often a satnav will urge you to go via the Granada motorway which is slightly shorter but very winding. See our website How to Find Us Page.

Airport collections:
Anyone collecting friends from the airport should be aware that there are now two ways to leave the usual collection area outside departures (yes departures!). As before you can go past parking P2 and keeping right go down the slip road to the brewery roundabout. However confusingly this slip road is now signed to Torremolinos and a fork to the left is signed to Malaga. This left hand lane leads onto the new arial motorway section and links up to the MA20. This is the link which has been open in the other direction since last year.
The completed works took five years and cost 61 million Euros and was funded by the EU. So as Jeremy Clakson would say we own it!

Malaga Metro Soon to Open
After many years of disruption caused by engineering work on Malaga’s new underground system there is light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 Sorry. The new metro should open late June or early July. Staff training and trial runs are already taking place.

Olive Oil Ban in Spanish Restaurants

From 1st January it has become illegal to use the traditional cruet sets on tables which dispense olive oil, and as from now it must be presented in sealed bottles with labels to denote the quality, origin and production date.  And then after opening, even if you only use a drop, it must be thrown away!

DSC00646The Spanish government has introduced this law after a setback in the EU parliament last year when at first EU wide legislation was passed and then following lots of criticism from ecologists and politicians it was reversed.  David Cameron, UK prime minister, said he was against such legislation and commented:  “This is the sort of thing that deservedly gets the EU a bad name.”  Ecologists also argued that the waste packaging and added costs to both producers and customers made little sense and was simply protectionism.

The Spanish olive lobby did not give in and the new legislation is the result of pressure in Spain and follows Portugal and Italy who already have such laws in place.  It is indeed true that oil often gets mis-labelled with virgin being sold as extra virgin by unscrupulous dealers and the Spanish government thinks this latest law will help stamp it out.  They also argue it is to protect the consumer who might add a little to his salad or dip his bread into a dish of extra virgin oil when in fact it is only virgin!

DSC02191A large part of the problem stems from 2010 when olive oil prices dropped by 25% causing severe problems for the many small growers (often the only income for an extended family) and who only get one pay day each year.  This decrease was as a result of over production and lower demand, mainly due to the economic crisis, and with cheaper oil from emerging markets adding to the problem.

As restaurateurs we don’t think this legislation will help at all and the bigger worry is whether the government will decide to legislate on what is used in kitchens where by far the larger consumption takes place.  Many restaurants will ignore the law and some may get around the problem by using an alternative oil such as walnut or rape seed and having olive oil available on request.  Either way the law will not produce the hoped for result.

For the record we never use anything except our local grown “Periana Gold” extra virgin oil for everything except high temperature frying when it is not suitable.

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August Festival in Periana

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From the 15th to 18th August the annual festival will take place in and around Periana. As last year it will now include the XI Peach Festival and is repeating many popular features including: Outdoor painting competition; municipal band performances on several days; The Cuban Show Band; Peach and Sangria tastings; cookery competion (using peaches of course); fireworks most nights; children’s festival; foam festival in front of the town’s fountain; The Seguridad Social showband; The spectacular Pasacalles and many more singers, dancers and other acts every evening until late.

There will be lots to see and do so go early and be prepared to stay late and best of all it is free.