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Mallorcan recipes

05/10/2020

Finger lickin’ Mallorcan recipes!

 

If Mallorca enamours you with its beaches and nature, just wait until you try the most typical dishes from our scrumptious cuisine! Here are a few to start you off.

And remember that when you stay at one of Inturotel’s establishments on Mallorca, you can try a wide variety of these dishes. What’s more, we will be delighted to expand this list for you – and to give away the odd secret for when you decide to cook them yourself at home!

 

Tumbet

Summer and tumbet are one and the same for Mallorcans. The most prominent dish of the season goes directly from garden to kitchen. Potato, aubergine, courgette, red pepper and tomato are the stars of this recipe, which can be accompanied by meat, fish or fried eggs, and dates back to the 16th century. The ingredients are fried separately and placed in layers on a serving platter, and covered with tomato sauce before serving.

 

Frito marinero

One of the most delicious recipes of the island’s gastronomy, frito marinero has been made for centuries, and has Sephardic roots. The custom is to eat it during Holy Week, and it makes the perfect tapa at any time of year. Cuttlefish, fish and shellfish make all the difference in this recipe, alongside potato and vegetables. Here, the aromatic value of fonoll, or fennel, is decisive.

 

Escaldums

Turkey or chicken escaldums is one of Mallorca’s typical winter comfort foods, in particular over Christmas. It consists of a poultry stew with a confit sauce, accompanied by patató (small, round potatoes). The addition of a  variety of dried fruit and nuts and aromatic, traditional spices is one of the main characteristics of the dish. Apple halves can also be added halfway through the cooking process, to lend a hint of sweetness – an authentic symbol of our cuisine!

 

Arròs Brut

This brothy rice is another of the island’s winter dishes par excellence. Spicy in flavour, it contains different meats (and also vegetables, depending on the area) which vary with the season. In autumn, esclata-sangs may be added (‘bloody milk caps’, a delicious wild mushroom of extremely high quality in gastronomy terms). It owes its characteristic dark colour to the blend of four spices: pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. There is no one way to make this dish, as in olden days peasant farmers would fill up their earthenware crock pot with whatever they had hunted and gathered throughout the day. As a result, the ingredients are not always the same.

 

Mallorcan-style fish

Every day the Mediterranean Sea gifts us with delicious fish like the grouper, dentex, seabream, European bass… But the magic of this oven-cooked recipe resides in the side dish for the chosen fish: it always contains chard, potatoes, tomato, onion, pine nuts, raisins and olive oil, as well as sweet red paprika, a classic spice in Mallorcan cuisine.

 

Gató with almond ice cream

The classic finale to any Mallorcan meal worth its salt. The delicate texture of the gató (almond sponge) combined with the almond ice cream, so typical of Mallorca, gives rise to an interesting combination of flavours. Gató is a symbiosis of the gala presentation of a product, and the product itself, one that is inherently ours: the Mallorcan almond.

 

Bon profit! Enjoy your meal!

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Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca
28/07/2021
Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca
Do you know why they say Cala d’Or is like a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca? Well, we’ll tell you! And then, if you like, make a reservation at one of our Inturotel hotels in Cala d’Or and prepare to enjoy the most unforgettable summer days and nights.  The origins of Cala d’Or can be found in the love affair the Ibiza-born painter and cartoonist Josep Costa - “Picarol” - had with this place and its exuberant nature and coves with their crystal-clear water, sometime around the year 1933. Just like that lightbulb that switches on and illuminates creative minds, light immediately flooded into Picarol’s brain and he devised a sublime place in which to unwind and live surrounded by nature. Here you can find some of Mallorca’s most beautiful coves: Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena and of course, Cala Esmeralda, opposite the Inturotel Cala Esmeralda Beach Hotel & Spa, an exclusive Adults-Only hotel with suites with pool or private terrace, gourmet cuisine and the relaxing Salinas Spa. Cala d’Or is the site of the third-oldest functioning hotel on the island.   The paradise Josep Costa traced out in his mind was a scenic architecture with all white houses, flat roofs, typical low Balearic stone walls, garden areas around the houses, in the image and likeness of the founder’s native island. Simple, pure and organic architectural lines, with total respect for the privileged natural surroundings. Any future house could not be higher than the tallest pine tree in the area. Even back then, the idea was for Cala d’Or to become a resting place for artists, sophisticated travellers and sensitive people in search of the ideal holiday.   The name of Cala d'Or - literally “golden cove”, because of the golden reflections the sun casts on the sea in this area - comes from the similarly-named cove in Ibiza, Cala d'Hort. Costa originally called it Cala d’Hort, although the name would soon morph into the present one, Cala d’Or. After the first houses were built, top architects like Josep Maria Sert or the German Erwin Broner were amazed by the way the village was so perfectly integrated into nature. Another great architect who fell in love with the southeast coast of the island, and also worked in the area, was the Dane Jorn Utzon.   One characteristic of our resort is the terrain, as it is set on a coast full of coves, rocky promontories, cliffs… we don’t have a seafront promenade as such, but dotted all around the town you will find places where you can access the sea, veritable windows onto the blue and turquoise waters of our Mediterranean. You will never tire of taking photos.   Artists who loved Cala d’Or The popularity of Cala d’Or as an idyllic place in which to spend a few days’ holiday spread by word of mouth. And this was how, from the ‘70s on, international creators and artists could be seen on the village streets like so many other residents: Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat...   The case of the famous Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat is very well-known, as he sought refuge in Cala d’Or where his parents had a holiday home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 record “Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house, on a cart pulled by donkeys so he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles. The Mallorcan painter and sculptor Riera Ferrari lived in Cala Llonga for over four decades. He inaugurated the legendary oriental-flavoured Shamas, and opened the Galería Picarol, where he exhibited the work of talented youngsters, including that of Felanitx-born Miquel Barceló. He also innovated by creating Estudi Joan, a studio located in the Cala d’Or marina which functioned as an art gallery and a café as well. A idea unheard of in Mallorca until then, but one that was widely imitated later.   The epicentre of that creative and artistic life was the Bar Fernando, which is still open today. Located in the old town, an area where there is hardly any traffic, with ancient pine trees and a charming pedestrianized centre. Here artists like Serrat or Camilo Sesto would sit down with their guitar, delighting visitors from all over the world with their songs.   Cala d’Or stands out for its varied, excellent range of gastronomy. In the luxurious Marina or the old town, restaurants for all tastes await. As do terraces and Beach Clubs with the best views, such as Sa Cala Beach Club in Cala Esmeralda. You simply must try the typical Mallorcan food and some local wine. Cala d’Or is the perfect destination for gourmets!   You really want to discover this picturesque enclave now, right? The place that once attracted, and indeed still continues to attract, people from all over the world with its beauty, beaches, gastronomy and light.    Well, it is precisely in Cala d’Or that the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca are located, where we await you with open arms so that you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.  
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