Nothing beats a hearty, warming dish, even if you’re travelling to a warm-weather country. Many holiday destinations have their own traditional meals as well as the usual tourist offerings, so here are a few delicacies you can look out for while you’re away.
Though you may be tempted by tapas while holidaying in Spain, I recommend that you look out for cocido madrileño, the country’s national dish. This family favourite is a chickpea-based stew, often cooked in a large pot with various vegetables and several meats. The chickpeas are soaked overnight and the meat is cooked until beautifully tender. The dish is sometimes served alongside vermicelli and seasoned with tomato sauce.
If you’re travelling to Greece, you should definitely sample avgolemono, a chicken soup made with eggs and lemon. This interesting combination creates a delicious, warming flavour that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. The soup can be served with either rice or pasta, and it is often flavoured with chicken broth.
If you’re looking for a winter warmer that will remind you of home, head to Germany and look out for schweinebraten, the local version of a pork roast dinner. A large chunk of boneless pork is the main component, usually marinated with caraway seeds, salt, pepper and oil. The meat is often served on a bed of vegetables, but there are several variations across the country. This is the perfect meal for families.
Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta lovers will be sure to find themselves travelling around Italy, so if you’re in the area, find a restaurant serving pasta e fagioli – a classic Italian meal for warming the cockles of your heart. The dish is made with cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes, herbs, vegetable or chicken stock, pancetta and, of course, pasta. You’ll usually find it topped with cheese and a bay leaf for added Italian flare.
No matter where you choose to travel, these winter warmers will leave you feeling full and fabulous. There’s no better way to try these traditional favourites than by travelling to their home countries, so pack your bags (and your appetite) and get going.