Wednesday again and for once I have time to sit down and write a blog post! It has been a busy last week with leaving Spain, girls’ weekend including a hen party for two friends in Copenhagen, filling out visa applications (O has his visa already and will be heading to Puerto Rico on Sunday, I have my embassy appointment in Stockholm on Monday morning), having a loooong blog lunch yesterday with lovely bubbly Lia in Lund and breakfast with my grandmother, and just being a big [supportive] sister for my younger sister who is having job troubles.
But today it is Wednesday and it is time for a recipe – O’s favourite dish from Spain (I seem to publish a lot of O’s favourite dishes…): Borraja or borage (EN) / gurkört (SV)! As mentioned in the Wikipedia post, the vegetable / herb is used in the Aragonese kitchen (and also in Navarra and Germany) but it’s not known in other parts of Spain. My friends from Madrid have never heard of borrajas, only Barajas which is the Madrid airport😉
Since it is O’s big time favourite dish and I have also come to like it, O’s mother always serves it several times during our stays in Spain. We have even brought some seeds back to Sweden and my mother now has a small borraja patch in the garden of the summerhouse!
Like most Spanish recipes, the following one is super-easy and with only 5 ingredients – and that is including water, salt and oil! However, I am not sure if it is possible to find the said vegetable outside of Aragón (it is supposed to come from Syria though)… However, we did find canned borage / borraja in a supermarket in San Juan of all places (where it is near impossible to find marzipan!)!
Borrajas de Aragón
a few stems of borage
Clean the stems of borage by cutting off most of the leaves, cut the stems in ~5 cm long pieces and put to boil together with 4-5 peeled and quartered potatoes. Add some salt for seasoning. When the potatoes are done, serve in deep plates with some of the water from the pot and a few drops of olive oil. This is a typical starter in Aragón, and is usually followed by meat or fish.
However, if you don’t feel like cooking when in Spain, why not head to Ikea and have meatballs for 1€ as dinner (I think the price is valid from 17.00-22.00) or some yummy jamón sandwiches for breakfast… We had two sandwiches with jamón, a roll with tortilla, two cinnamon buns and two café con leche for 4,60€ the other day – incredibly cheap and such a tasty brunch!
During our two week stay in Spain we visited Ikea twice; one of the reasons for the second visit was that my mother found out that one of her colleagues has a daughter who works for Ikea in Zaragoza so of course we had to go and try to meet her! I felt a little embarrassed to disturb her in the middle of her working day but O said that it happens all the time in Spain (that people visit people during working hours) and she seemed very pleased to meet us (her mother had told her about me). It was very interesting to meet a Swede from my hometown in Zaragoza – I guess most Swedes in Spain live in Madrid, Barcelona or in the south. Hopefully we will have time to meet up with her properly in July when we come back.