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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Two by Two

Garachico

Two fishermen, two pigeons and the two pieces of the minimalist Carrara marble sculpture by Japanese artist Kan Yasuda, entitled Tensei Tenmoku or Door without Door, exhibited on the esplanade adjacent to the quay in Garachico.

Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos

San Antonio Abad 2008 - Los Silos
Plaza de la Luz in Los Silos during the San Antonio Abad Crafts Fair

A report in 20minutos, says that the Livestock Fair and Arts & Crafts Fair in honour of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos – along with the procession, blessing, etc. - celebrates it’s 263rd Anniversary this weekend, according to a press release from the Los Silos town hall. This is unusual, because this fiesta is normally celebrated in Los Silos on the 3rd weekend of January. We thought that a 263rd Anniversary was a funny one to make a “newsworthy” press release from, but to mention that would seem like we’re splitting hairs!

Then we go on to read that even the 263 is a bit tentative ...

According to a local historian the first religious icon of San Antonio Abad arrived in Los Silos on August 4th, 1748 (2011 – 1748 = 263 and, yes I did check the maths.) Although, the report continues, there’s no documented source in that respect, it is logical to think that the image arrived in the cited year, in order that it could go out in the procession the following year. OK. The first documented report to that effect actually wasn’t until 1906.

Those anecdotes notwithstanding, the release goes on to detail the events of this year’s fiesta, which begins today at 8 pm with the inauguration of a photographic exhibition and a folk festival in the patio of the former convent of San Sebastián.

Tomorrow, January 23rd, at 10 am, the Arts & Crafts Fair will be open in the Plaza de la Luz, the patio of the former convent of San Sebastián and the surrounding streets. Meanwhile, the Livestock Fair will assemble 400 head of cattle, sheep, goats and horses in the Fairs Enclosure (waste ground) behind the cited ex-convent. Mass will be held at mid-day, after which will be the procession of the icon, followed by all the livestock and pets, which will subsequently be blessed by the clergy.

The Arts & Crafts Fair is lovely and it all makes a great day out.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Puchero Canario (Canarian Stew)

Plato de puchero canario Image by J Toledo Some rights reserved

Andy Montgomery mentioned that all the vegetable ingredients for puchero were laid out for sale on a special display at her local supermarket yesterday.

In my opinion, puchero is by far the best dish in Canarian Cuisine.

It’s a wonderfully warming stew of meat, vegetables and legumes, which is a perfect dish for a party or family gathering. Indeed one of my recipe books has a version that was used for weddings in the 19th Century. However, it’s also perfectly suited to everyday eating, so here’s a translation of the most typical version used in Canarian home cooking.

Ingredients:
200 grs dry chick-peas (garbanzo beans), 500 grs beef, 500 grs pork or chicken (cheap cuts are best, with fat for flavour), 1 kg cabbage, 200 grs pumpkin, 200 grs French beans, 1 fresh corncob, 1 sweet potato, 1 kg potatoes, 30 grs vegetable marrow, 1 or 2 carrots, 1 leek, 1 head of garlic, 1 onion, 1 tomato, saffron, thyme and salt.

Method:
Soak the chickpeas overnight in cold water, drain well and put in a large saucepan with the meat and cover with water. Add chopped leek, onion and tomato to the pan. Crush the garlic, and mix with the thyme, saffron and salt, preferably in a pestle and mortar, then add these to the pot also. When the meat is cooked add all the other vegetables, cut into large pieces, and then continue at a simmer until all the vegetables are tender but still whole.

To serve, remove the meat and vegetables from the pot with a slotted spoon and arrange on serving dishes. Provide plenty of typical Canarian bread (crusty), local wine by the carafe and you have a very pleasant and relaxed meal for your guests to help themselves to. Buen provecho!

(Even more typical is to use some of the stock to make the ESCALDON to serve as an accompaniment, which is simply to put gofio (500 grs) into a dish and add the hot stock a little at time and mix to form a stiff consistency.)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Celebrating New Year in Puerto de la Cruz



Love this video from my friends Jack and Andy Montgomery, who show us snippets of the various aspects of party time in Puerto de la Cruz.

Now, I wouldn’t have noticed the presenter’s slight inebriation, until she mentioned it and likewise, if you live in the typical British “Dullsville”, you won’t have noticed that the celebrations in Puerto were apparently cutback from previous levels either.

Why I like it is that it provides a very concise and comprehensive sampler (in just over 4 minutes) of what to expect at most of the celebrations in Tenerife; be they New Year, Carnival street parties or many of the various other fiestas held all over the island throughout the year. Obviously, size varies according to budget – generally commensurate with the size of the town where the party is – and there may not always be a fun-fair, but otherwise the formula is similar: magnificent firework displays follow whatever event is being celebrated, then the masses dance all night in the open air (to an over-predominance of salsa and merengue and a bit of 1990’s house, if you’re spectacularly lucky!)

Where else in the world would you find anything remotely like it, all FREE, with a safe, friendly atmosphere and, where all are welcome, from kids to grannies?

New Year's Eve 2010, Puerto de la Cruz

Monday, January 03, 2011

Three Kings Parades in Tenerife



Whatever age you are, between 0 and 110, if you can, you really shouldn’t miss one of the Three Kings Parades on the night of January 5th. These guys bring the presents in Spain, not the red-suited bloke on Dec 24. Their wonderful parades are held in almost all towns on the island (by magic, obviously), but some of the bigger ones are as follows:

1. Santa Cruz: The Three Kings arrive in a helicopter to the CD Tenerife football ground (for that you need tickets and they sell out well in advance), but the parade around the capital’s streets from 7 pm onwards is free to all.

2. La Laguna: The Three Kings arrive via Tenerife North Airport and seem to bypass luggage restrictions as they have plenty of sweets and gifts to distribute around the streets of the former capital later.

3. Puerto de la Cruz: Where their cavalcade leaves from the Castillo de San Felipe at around 7 pm and proceeds along the Calle San Felipe, via the Plaza del Charco to conclude in the Plaza de Europa.

4. Garachico: My favourite and the oldest Three Kings celebration on the island and highly recommended since you get real camels – generally up close and personal - and a whole evening’s magnificent and fun entertainment among the beautiful 16th to 18th Century buildings that the town mostly comprises.

5. Los Christianos: The best choice if you’re on the south of the island. The Three Wise Men begin their traditional route from the wharf of Los Cristianos, along Avenida de Suecia to end up at Los Cristianos Cultural Center. From around 7 pm.

Video: Cabalgata Reyes Magos Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2010

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