IBIZA’S TRADITIONAL FOOD

By Silvia Aparicio, Illustrations by Ángela Díaz September 2015 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N8/2015
IBIZA’S TRADITIONAL FOOD Ibiza has many renowned chefs, who create richly varied Spanish and international cuisine, but the island also offers its own gastronomic traditions, history and a cultivated culinary philosophy. The island’s chefs make use of all of its local ingredients, turning the act of eating well into an art form. Leaving aside the popular paellas, fresh fish and seafood, below is a list of some of the most traditional and delicious dishes that you must try while you are here.

CROSTES OR BREAD CRUST SALAD  An exquisite and traditional dish to be shared – or ideal for those who would rather have a light meal. Its main ingredients are thin crunchy bread (crostes) and dried fish (peix sec), which is usually skate dried out in the sun. It also includes peppers, tomatoes, spring onions, olives, olive oil, vinegar and salt. A great starter

SLAUGHTERING RICE  This is one of the most characteristic and powerful dishes that you can try in Ibiza, combining the most flavoursome ingredients from the sea and the mountain to make a rich and tasty dish. In the past, it was only cooked at home once a year, when the house pig was slaughtered, but now, luckily for us, it is also served in Ibiza’s most traditional restaurants. Pork, chicken and a brothy rice are the main ingredients, but sometimes it includes cuttlefish, rock fish and mushrooms for unique variations.

BULLIT DE PEIX OR FISH STEW  This wholesome dish – which in reality is made up of two dishes – will leave you in a state of joyous lethargy, and you probably won’t want to do anything else after eating it. The first course is a dish full of the best fresh fish from the island, as well as potatoes, saffron, garlic and parsley. Everything is cooked and mixed together without breaking it up. Afterwards, the broth left over from cooking the fish is used to make juicy rice, called ‘arroz a banda’. Are you hungry?!

ORELLETAS AND CALETA COFFEE These pastries will vary in shape, depending on the town where you buy them from, but they all resemble an ear. Made with eggs, flour, anise, sugar and olive oil, this pudding is traditional in every festivity and if you sample it with an aromatic Caleta coffee, then you will have the perfect Ibiza combination for an after-dinner treat.

HIERBAS IBICENCAS  To finish your meal, there is nothing more traditional and digestive than having a cool shot of Hierbas Ibicencas – or two, or three… Ingredients include rosemary, chamomile, thyme, lemon verbena, fennel, bay leaves, juniper, rue, green lemon, lemon leaves, walnut leaves, sage, mint, clove, lemon zest, coffee grains, orange zest and cinnamon sticks. The quantities vary, as well as the strength of the anise in which the herbs are soaked in. The result? It’s best if you discover it for yourself...

FLAO  Yes, it is a cake – but what an amazing cake! This is perfect to finish off a good lunch or dinner, or as a snack in the afternoon… Prepare yourself for a cake made with goat or sheep cheese with the aroma of thyme – although the herb that gives the dish its distinctive fresh taste is spearmint

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