When did we started to eat nougat on christmas?
Dec06

When did we started to eat nougat on christmas?

There is no more typical-Christmas food than nougat. Nutty, chocolate, classic… and more. Each time, the nougat is more consumed throughout the year (like ice cream), it has always been a Christmas-food reference and its different festivities. As many things, It is believed nougat has Arab origin and that arose around the 11th century. But, have you ever wondered why we consumed it in Christmas and when this started? Its components could be consumed throughout the year. Instead, nougat only appears at Christmas. Why? Continue reading for further information. There are several theories why nougats are consumed (or used to be consumed) especially at Christmas. Firstly, ingredients used to make it were very expensive, so it was reserved to be consumed only on special occasions. Although at first the nougat was a food only for those rich, it ended up becoming a Christmas delicacy. Secondly, it is thought farmers had no work during the months before Christmas, so they had to make a living in some way. Matching up off-season for the farmers happened just before the beginning of the winter, they became temporary nougat-makers. Although the origin of the nougat dates back in the 11th century, in our country acquired fame and popularity during the 15th century thanks to the strengthening of almond cultivation and the development of beekeeping. It happened thanks to the climate in the Iberian Peninsula, which favoured the two factors to occur at the same time. Now you know more about Christmas’ star, we encourage you to try our best nougats. If you can’t resist this Christmas delicacy, we recommend you try our most classic nougat of...

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Where does the idea of Christmas Hampers come from?
Nov17

Where does the idea of Christmas Hampers come from?

There are customs that we preserve, convinced that they are typical for our land and Spanish culture. A strong tradition at this time is that of giving away customers, employees or friends a basket full of food and drinks. It is the famous and expected “Christmas Hamper”. But it is worth emphasizing, that the tradition of giving a basket with food was already known in Roman times. They called it sportula, because it came in a basket of esparto or wicker. Over time the name of sportula became the synonym of gift or reward.   In December there was a very important sportula, which coincided with Saturnalia, in honour of the god Saturn. It was celebrated with sacrifices and a public banquet. This festival was very appreciated by the people and lasted several days, until December 25th. During these festivals, houses are decorated with plants and lit candles. The gifts among friends and family were made, exchanging the sportulas with olive, laurel, dried figs and other foods. It was the end of the dark period of the year and the beginning of the period of light; the birth of Sol Invictus, coinciding with the winter solstice and the beginning of the longest days.   These celebrations lied at the core of Roman civilisation, that the Christian hierarchy had great problems to end its performance. There was no other remedy but to substitute the birth of the Roman god Sol Invictus for the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Some of the previous customs have been adapted to the Christian festivity that today is known as Christmas Day. Christmas is, therefore, assimilation on the part of the church of pagan customs, granting to the figure of Jesus Christ the same symbolic character of rebirth as to the Sun. These festivals where the sun reborn, encourage us to offer gifts to maintain and strengthen the ties we have created.   Giving away a basket with good foods is a more ancient than we might think. It has changed from reflecting the good relations between the well off and the plebs in ancient Rome to be adopted in today’s life. We hope that this beautiful custom continues to grow. We all know that generosity is worth it.   If you also think, it is a good idea to give a Christmas Basket as a present, here are our...

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Pâté and foie gras: Differences and similarities
Nov03

Pâté and foie gras: Differences and similarities

We love appetizers, and what about you? Going out to drink some wine with some good toasts or some delicious appetizers is one of the best pleasures for your palate. With the arrival of the autumn and the different celebrations by these days, some appetizers are the best way to welcome your guests.  Pâté and foie gras are such recurrent ideas to serve as snacks and delicious dishes in your meals. But you’ll wonder… Pâté or foie gras? You maybe know the general differences between both, meanwhile they are unknown at many levels. If you want to know more about which product is better for you to make your snacks and dishes, let us explain you out and about. On the one hand, there is the foie gras. This product is made by using only liver of goose or duck that has previously been overfeed with the purpose of developing it as much as possible.  For its production, the liver is not mixed with other foods. It is only treated with warmth for a better cleaning. This typical French delicacy has a high vitamin A and other nutrients, even higher than the pâté, so it will also help to increase your defences. On the other hand, there is the pâté. This product is made by mixing various ingredients and types of meat, since it is a meat  derivative of different animals. This product is not called with the correct term, which would be “pasta” or “liver pate”. It is made with a mixture of meats, including that of pork, and by mixing it with milk, flour, seasonings and spices. It is rich in vitamin A, so it is perfect for kids and adults. They see very similar, but as can see there are great differences between them. Either way, both are perfect for any occasion, any time of the year and to combine with any meal. If you want to try the foie gras, here we recommend this Duck foie gras block nature Mas...

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Health: Did you know about manchego cheese as a protein resource?
Oct17

Health: Did you know about manchego cheese as a protein resource?

Manchego cheese is one of best cheese manufactured in Spain, since it is delicious and very healthy. Manchego cheese is very healthy per its nutritional values, which contribute to our organism in many and very different ways. But,  did you know cheese is a protein-rich ingredient? Indeed, it contains 38 gr of proteins per each 100 g of cheese, so by daily eating a small amount of cheese, we will obtain the amount of proteins that must be consumed in a day. To be more specific with the benefits of this delicacy, we are going to explain more about their main benefits: 1 – Contributes to muscles development and repair: Proteins help to build muscular tissue and repair them, so it is especially recommended for athletes. Moreover, il also avoids loose and weaken of muscular mass, so it is specially recommended for sportspeople and people who need to gain weight healthfully. 2-Perfect at any age: The cheese is perfect at any age per its high quantity in nutrients. Focusing on proteins, cheese is especially recommended to take during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy cause there is a higher consumption of this nutrient. In addition, it contributes to growth and fights against bone decalcification. 3 –  Contributes to vital physiological functions to survive: Proteins are very important for our organism because they are involved in some vital functions, as for example in the transport of oxygen, as well as give us some extra power . In addition, it contributes to the creation of essential high-biological-valued amino acids because our organism can’t produce them independently. 4-Fights against some pathologies and deficits of our organism: The consumption of such a rich-proteins cheese helps to prevent some pathologies like anemas, oedemas, immune system deficits, among others. Proteins are essential for our organism since they contribute to the prevention of different pathologies and other weaknesses. Manchego cheese is one of the best delicacies in Spain and it is shown that delicious and healthy meals is no longer incompatible. If you want to try this delicacy and starting to feel its benefits, we recommend you the best cheeses...

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