Islands - Los Canarios
of the Canary Islands are much effected by tourism and of course mainland
Spanish food. However, two things stand out as being typicaly Canarian.
Mojo sauce and Canarian potatoes.
- new potatoes cooked in sea water and then baked. These "wrinkly" potatoes
Mojo - comes in two basic types, red and green. The red goes well with
the potatoes while the green goes very well with fish. They are made with
vinegar, a lot of garlic and oil, flavoured with red or green peppers.
Canarian meal could be a local fish split open and cooked "a
la plancha" served with Canarian potatoes and green mojo (mo-ho) sauce,
preceded by a salad including bananas, coriander leaves and avocado, as
well as the usual tomatoes and green salad (lettuce may be replaced by
thinly sliced cabbage in the hotter islands).
a hard cheese & garlic preparation, eaten with bread.
a grain meal that replaced bread for the pre Spanish natives.
Canario" hearty chick pea vegetable stew.
Look for rabbit,
goat and goat's cheese, bananas, avocado, papaya, cigars (La Palma), rum.
the red wines to the whites, Vina Norte on Tenerife is my personal
choice. You may find "Vino de Tea" matured in teawood, with a resinous
By the way,
the islands and the bird (and arguably I suppose Canary Wharf too!) are
named after the dogs of the islands (canines), not the other way round.
con salsa mojo
red potatoes in a pan with 1/3 cup of salt and cook for 30-40 minutes.
drain off the water, rinse off any excess salt and return potatoes to the
heat until they are dry.Coat with sauce.
sauce or (salsa mojo picon)
(No two recipes
seem to be the same for mojo sauces but these are fairly typical)
or Sunflower oil and a little wine vinegar plus lots of garlic, red pepper,
a chilli or two and a pinch of cumin and some whole cumin seeds, all pounded
together in a mortar. Thicken with a little hard white bread as required.
In the Canaries
a local "saffron" (azafran del pais) is used but if you have access to
this it will be easier to buy the sauce in a bottle !
Mojo Sauce (salsa mojo verde or salsa verde picante)
vinegar, green pepper, garlic, finely chopped parsley and coriander leaves.Include
avocado for a creanier sauce.This time don't add any breadcrumbs as this
is a thin sauce for fish.
sauce (mojo de zanahoria Canarion)
paprika,salt, vinegar, carrot (pureed) and thyme or other herbs
I had this
sauce in an excellent Valentine's day gala meal at the parador up in the
old crater on Tenerife.
de solomillo San Valentin - Parador de Turismo de las Canadas del Teide
a piece of centre fillet steak to make a "book". Fill the book with carrot
mojo, dip the whole thing in beaten egg and just show it to the frying-pan
(both sides !). Serve with a boiled potato or some asparagus.
Corraleco harbour and several in El Cotillo
good selection behind the beach at Puerto del Carmen.
Las Gellatas. Santa Cruz: Hotel Mencey, Gom nearbye.
Las Palmas: Madras (modern) Hotel Santa Catalina.
and La Gomera: Paradors
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