Spice Bags S4 Ep9: Asturias: A conversation with Ali Dunworth and Blanca Valencia.
Journalist Ali Dunworth and Blanca talk about their recent trip to the Asturias region in
Spain, where they were pampered with cider, veal, cheese, and conservas. Oviedo, the
capital, is on the Camino Norte, the famous pilgrim walk that winds its way through the
north of Spain.
Listen to them as they chat about cider, which ranges from a champagne-like fizz to an
uncarbonated brew that is pungent with apples, and which is often poured by
handsome men with beards. They visit a factory for conservas (tinned fish and seafood)
in Gijon, which are prepared by hand by women. They also do a tasting with Asturias’s
most famous cheesemonger Aitor Vega which is done geographically and presents a
great variety for a small region of Spain.
Ali and Blanca also discuss how this part of Spain reminds them of the West of Ireland
with its rugged coast and green pastures.
They talk about the exquisite cheeses, egg yolk pastries in Oviedo, rice puddings,
Cachopos (veal cutlets with ham and cheese) and fabada. However there is no butter;
you have olive oil instead.
Even without butter, the allure of this lush land is clear.
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