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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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Celebs who fell in love with Mallorca
27/10/2020
Celebs who fell in love with Mallorca
Celebs who fell in love with Mallorca     Mallorca is an island people fall in love with. Over the centuries multiple celebrated figures from around the world have been captivated by this Mediterranean enclave of ours. In different eras, virtuosos from the world of art and culture like Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Charles Chaplin, Robert Graves or Rubén Darío, to name just a few, spent long periods of time on the island, praising its charms (“the most beautiful place in the world” is how Chopin described Mallorca).   In the mid-20th century, the arrival of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco caused a great stir on the island. Both of them were fans of Mallorca, which they had chosen for their honeymoon. When they weren’t being pursued by photographers, they took pleasure in sailing and contemplating the mighty yet subtle nature of our little land.   A lucky coincidence!   Some people plan a getaway or a trip, but others stumble across paradise as if by magic. This was the case of the popular actor Errol Flynn. Flynn was heading for Gibraltar on his boat, but a storm forced him to put in at Mallorca. A single sunrise was enough to make him fall hopelessly in love with the island and he stayed here for several weeks, during which he organised some notorious society parties.   The actor Michael Douglas came to Mallorca with his first wife, Diandra Luker, who had always summered on the island. For many years they enjoyed their beautiful, emblematic estate here - S’Estaca, on the coast of Deià. S’Estaca was built in the 19th century by yet another illustrious visitor, the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, as a token of his love for Catalina Homar, the peasant woman with whom he had a long romance.   Celebrities integrated into the landscape   Some famous people have lived on the island for many years but still manage to go unnoticed. This is true of Annie Lennox, the singer-songwriter who won the Academy Award for best song in 2004 with Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Lennox enjoys herself walking and taking photographs of the nature of Mallorca, shopping at the island’s ecological markets and supporting social initiatives such as “Salvem Mallorca”.     The German tennis player Boris Becker also lived in a beautiful residence in the centre of the island for many years, revelling in the peace and quiet that his hectic daily life barely afforded him.     Cala d’Or, a refuge for artists   Cala d’Or, a natural paradise with beautiful coves (Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Ferrera and Cala Serena), was home to figures renowned for their artistic sensitiviy. Starting in the 1970s, we began to see singers like Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat and Camilo Sesto strolling amongst its Ibizan-style houses, as well as internationally-famous writers and actors, whilst the photographer Planas Montanyà immortalized this Mallorcan setting with an Ibizan atmosphere from his helicopter.    The Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat sought refuge in Cala d’Or, where his parents had a summer home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 disc, “ Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house on a cart drawn by donkeys, so that he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles.     Camilo Sesto, meanwhile, also resided in Cala d’Or for many years. It was very common to see him strolling by the sea, enjoying this beautiful spot, which he took advantage of to unwind between concerts.   Over those summers of the ‘60s and ‘70s the Bar Fernando, which is still open today, turned into a kind of improvised concert hall, where Serrat and Camilo Sesto would sit down with a guitar and delight everyone present with their songs.   And it is precisely in Cala d’Or that we find the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca, where you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.      
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