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¿No Comes Mas? A Saturday Afternoon With a Spanish Mother

Sep 23 2010 - 11:30am

Last weekend I found myself in the gentle rolling hills of the Andalusian countryside: I was invited to eat a luxurious lunch cooked by a friend's mother. I don't know if you're familiar with Spanish mothers, but they like to cook and more importantly, they like to feed. She created a typical multicourse feast for yours truly! Naturally, I documented the entire thing to share with you. Here, learn what a traditional Spanish meal entails.

Cheese and Beer

The lunch begins with slices of manchego [1] cheese. They must be paired with an icy cold beer. Seriously, the Spanish mother insists!


What else goes with queso y cerveza? Chorizo! She brought it out on a tray with a knife and let me slice it into chunks.


No Spanish meal is complete without bread fresh from the bakery. This Spanish mama's style is casual; she served it straight out of the bag.

Tomatoes With Anchovies

It's a good thing I like anchovies, because next up was a plateful of tomatoes topped with the little fishes.

Ribs in White Wine Sauce

After the cheese, chorizo, bread, and tomatoes, I was starting to feel a little full, but these pork ribs were too tasty to pass up. They were actually my favorite part of the meal! The meat fell off the bone and the finger-licking-good sauce was a simple mixture of garlic, onions, and white wine.

Meatball Soup

What's not to love about juicy, melt-in-your mouth meatballs in a rich homemade chicken broth? I gobbled up the meatballs and was immediately offered three more! I told my host I was too full to move.


"One is never too full for gazpacho," she said, pouring me a frozen glass of liquid tomatoes.


Such a large and hearty meal is not followed by a heavy dessert. Instead, the Spanish eat cold fruit. I was offered two types of melon . . . .

Cactus Fruit

. . . and cactus fruit! This exotic treat is native to the Cordoban countryside and happened to be growing on the property.


What does a Spanish mother do after making such a lavish meal? She takes a long and much-needed siesta. However, before she heads to her bed, she gave me a mojito to sip poolside! In Spain, mojitos are made with rum, peppermint, lemon juice, and brown sugar.

Cafe con Leche

After her nap, the mother promptly brews a cup of coffee.


The afternoon coffee hour is when the Spanish enjoy sweets like pastries, cookies, and cakes. I sampled these cinnamon-sugar churros that were crispy and delicious.

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