Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Food in Lanzarote

We are out for lunch each day for a few reasons - so it didn't feel like a holiday camp, because I wanted to taste the local cuisine, and I had hired a car and I wanted to make good use of it!

Whilst the hotel food wasn't bad, it wasn't amazing either. Breakfast was the usual fare - pastries for ½ (I even offered choc cereal which she did not enjoy!). I ate eggs mainly - scrambled with chorizo my favourite! It's nice not to have to cook, but I did sure miss it after a few days, not the cleaning and tidying part but the cooking part.

The Canaries are famous for the 'wrinkly potatoes' with mojo sauce (just realised I haven't any photos of them!). Basically they are boiled new potatoes served with mojo sauce to dip in - there is a red one (chilli) and a green one (garlic). Most places make their own sauce, but you can also get jars from the supermarket. We had these pretty much every night and I did quite enjoy them.

Being and island, naturally fish was big on the menu. Usually grilled, with some salad and 'wrinkly potatoes' or fries.

Noteworthy was La Cofradia in harbour Playa Blanca. Bread, grilled fish, salad and tortilla was around €20. It was close to our hotel and you could watch (over the car park) the boats coming in and out from Fuerteventura.

Another great place was in El Golfo. There were a few sea-side restaurants. I picked the busiest (Casa Torano), which may have been a mistake as it took ages for service after our initial order and charged me for 2 pescado del dia when I only ordered 1 - but corrected it and gave me some cookies and a liquor (but I was driving!). A little more pricey -  €25 for bread, fish, salad and water. Was really windy but the outside seating was well sheltered. (Tried to get  ½ to eat the eyeball, but she refused).

We went to the Timanfaya National Park / Montana del Fuego. It was pretty amazing and spectacular. It cost €5 to get in for adults, ½ was free. Park up at the top after the most amazing drive and then jump on a coach that takes you around. It's amazing and looks spooky in some places. There's a restaurant at the top, which cooks chicken (and I am sure other meat) using the heat from the volcano range. We didn't eat there, as there were guides dropping water into the ground to demonstrate the heat and pressure which totally freaked out ½. So a quick coffee and an orange and we were off!

Since I got back, I have bought myself a new griddle. Simple fresh meat or fish griddled, with a salad (½ is now into salad with vinegar) and some boiled new potatoes. Bliss!

I also had a friend over the day after we got back and have already made a paellea (real one, not the pretend ones I make!).

Oooh, I want to cook now.

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