Los orígenes del gazpacho son un misterio, y como en la mayoría de los casos nunca ha sido documentado y la poca información que existe está llena de imprecisiones, sin embargo casi todos coinciden en que los andaluces pre-romanos elaboraban algo parecido al gazpacho en tiempos fenicios y cartagineses, aunque el hecho es un poco confuso sobre si fueron italianos pre-romanos que vivían en la península. El hecho es que es bastante común en las culturas del mediterráneo, encontrar recetas de comidas frías en las que se utilizaba pan duro, vinagre, aceite de oliva, ajo y agua. El concepto aparece incluso en el viejo testamento, en el libro de Ruth 2.14 “Ven aquí y come del pan y moja tu trozo en el vinagre”. Continue reading El chef Jamie Oliver ofrece su versión de la receta de gazpacho→
The origins of gazpacho andaluz are mysterious, and like most things from our past have never been truly documented. What writing does exist is filled with inaccuracies, but the general consensus is that the pre-Roman Andalucians (Ibericelts) were making something akin to Gazpacho in Phoenician (and Carthiginian) times. Although, to really confuse matters so were pre-Roman Italian peninsula peoples.
In fact, a cold meal of stale bread, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and water is common in the bread eating cultures surrounding the Mediterranean, the concept is even alluded to in the Old Testament book of Ruth (2.14) “’Come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.”
To confuse matters even more, the tomato plant is from South America and didn’t get to Europe until after the Spanish Conquest of the Americas from 1492 onwards… Ummm… anyway, less about that and more about the recipe :)
Are there vegan, vegetarian and gluten free eating out options in Ronda?
Over the last few months, I have had quite a few emails from people asking where vegetarian and vegan food can be found eating out in Ronda. So, last Thursday (20/02/2020) I visited 25 or so bars and restaurants in Ronda to find out. (I didn’t eat in all of them but it sure was a wonderfull morning, afternoon evening!)
The answer is of course YES! Almost all the places I visited have some options available (but many don’t have it printed on their menus.) The key of course is to ask the waiter before you sit down. You’ll find them very accomodating and quite eager to help.
Over the last few years the wineries (“bodegas” in Spanish) of Ronda have greatly increased their production and are going through what can only be described as a “boom time”. There are over 20 excellent vineyards producing Red, Rosé and white wines with the denomination of origin “Wines of Malaga” (Malaga being the province that Ronda belongs to.) Many of the wineries are open to the public for wine tasting tours and some even provide full lunches and dinners with matched wines to the food courses.
Bodegas la Sangre de Ronda.
If you are in Ronda then this is probably the best place to start as they have there own wine museum and interpretation centre located on the street called Gonzalez Campos (number 2.) This wine company obviously has a great passion for wine and their philosophy as a winery is to investigate and share viticulture and oenology practices.