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cocido gallego…

A dish made traditionally after the matanza at christmas or for carnival…a winter feast. A robust, hearty dish very typical and popular in Galicia:


Grelos – these are turnip tops, you can substitute this with cabbage but it is not the same without these bitter winter greens.



chorizo sausage

touciño – this is like salted pork belly or pancetta but in a big piece, not chopped up

costilla – salted pork or beef rib

cacheira – half a pigs head – this is optional!

You can add any salted meat that you can get to this dish really and also chicken

Put a big pan of water on the stove and add the salted meat and the chickpeas (the chickpeas are kept together during the cooking process in a linen bag). Bring the water to the boil and cook for a couple of hours till the meat and chickpeas are tender but not disintegrating. Remove them from the water and set aside. Now add to this same water the peeled potatoes and the chorizo (the chorizo should not boil for more than 20 minutes), boil til cooked. In a separate pan using some of the same stock from the meat cook the grelos till tender. Drain them, fry some garlic in olive oil and use this to dress the grelos.

cocido in progress

Take some of the stock from the meat/potatoes/chorizo and add this to the chickpeas that have been set aside, they are now ready. Then it is just a matter of cutting up the meat and putting everything on a plater.

Galicians tend to like their meat fatty, i think this stems from the need to fuel up for the harsh winters and all the physical labour that such an agrarian landscpe required…It is not refined cooking but what it may lack in aesthetics it more than makes up for in flavour.

Any stock that is left over is unbelievably tasty, you just need to cook a little vermicelli pasta in it and you have a delicious sopa de fideus – pasta soup.

other foody posts on this blog:

first forage of the season

nose to tail and farajullas


returning to the matanza


chocolate con churros

pani puri sunday

cicchetti tea-break



further adventures in foraging

revelations in a milanese restaurant

cooking the haul



more foodie questions

foodie questions

nose to tail,

(s)light relief,

pulpo a la gallega

the matanza

morcilla and dying arts

jamòn serrano

mitigating circumstances…

(this morning, sunrise in Galicia – no photoshop, it really looked like that…must get up early more often)

So now I find myself in Galicia for a wee bit…and as the photograph below implies am not exactly in a metropolis! Expect some foodie posts!

In the mean time let me tell you of my modest cyber circumstances. If I walk a couple of kms or so I get to a bar in Curtis (NOT as in “Mayfield” but pronounced “coor-teese”) In this smoky bar there are a couple of coin operated PCs…of modest abilities that eat money a lot for a living.

It is here amongst the brimming ashtrays and table football (yes they still smoke EVERYWHERE here!!!) and highly erratic opening hours that I attempt the occasional post so please…bear with me…

Yes…it is written…“CURTIS, closer to heaven”!!! (in gallego – local language used by all – and castellano – official spanish -) I can only guess we are referring to altitude here (600m above sea level)…and FYI I have spent a LOT of time here over the years so am allowed to throw a few digs at Curtis!!

Oh…and the photos do not exaggerate, Curtis ain’t pretty…and Galicia is in general very pretty… and i often think that Aki Kaurismäki could set a film here (though maybe even for him…it’s a little too quiet!!)