My First Salmorejo… and am I a Spainoholic?

Totally happy to have made my first Salmorejo, you can join in the fun with our full salmorejo recipe, let me know how it goes!

And I’d love to hear your thoughts on the whole ‘what is the Spanish version of a Francophile’ debate in the comments!

33 thoughts on “My First Salmorejo… and am I a Spainoholic?

  1. Beckett

    Ben,
    You’ve lived in Spain for a decade and today is the first time that you’ve ever made salmorejo?! ¡No me digas! Salmorejo is one of my all time favorite Spanish dishes. I could eat it every day. Thanks for the link to Marina’s recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jonathan

    Yes, “hispanophile” is the word. I’m also a big salmorejophile, and for those of us too lazy to make it for ourselves (shame on me), the Alvalle version in a tetrabrik is the best of the off-the-shelf stuff. There – that’s sacrilege for you!

  3. luke

    Have I just said that I’m addicted to people who like Spain? It wasn’t meant to come out like that!

  4. Dano

    Ben:
    That soup looked great. The wife is going to try and make it for me. Thanks for sharing.

    Spainoholic works best in my opinion….Hispanofile doesn’t seem specific enough when refering to the county of Spain.

    Keep up the good work!
    Dano

  5. Chris

    I’m a bit ashamed to say this, but although I’m a “hispanophile,” I don’t like salmorejo. The problem is the tomatoes… I don’t like tomatoes at all. I guess you could call me a “hispanophile of the non-salmorejo variety”…. or something like that.

  6. Jonk

    Chris;

    How do you survive? Haven’t been to Spain but from reading about it, tomatoes seem to form a very important part of their cuisine.

  7. Edith

    I would say it’s hispanophile… btw, salmorejo is quite similar to gazpacho, isn’t it? Except for the fact that gazpacho has also got cucumbers in it, as well as bell peppers.

  8. parubin

    Hispanófilo in Spanish, thus my guess in English would be hispanophile.

    @ Edith : Yes, it is a cold tomato soup ideal for the hot summer. Simmilar to gazpacho. Like gazpacho it goes really well with hard boiled egg and serrano ham. Salmorejo is a bit thicker in its texture because it has bread in it.

    @ Jonk : You are right. Tomatoes, garlic, olive oil… have to be all part of the Spanish DNA by now.

  9. leftbanker

    I’m like a Spainoholic, except with booze.*

    I make industrial quantities of gazpacho during the summer. If I am invited over to yoyur house, chances are I will bring a couple of liters of gazpacho. It’s sort of my calling card.

    Chris:
    I think you can be cured of not liking tomatoes; kind of like being hypnotized to quit smoking.

    *Extra credit for anyone who knows where I stole that joke.

  10. gary

    I love the 1/8th litre thing in the recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Wiva imperial measures and a hogshead of brandy for all

  11. Chris

    @Jonk: Yes, tomatoes are important in Spain and I, like a goof, have to pick them off of everything I eat…. I don’t mind tomato sauce… just not other tomato-related things. I get by however I can! haha

    @leftbanker: Maybe I should start a “campaign” to find a “cure” for tomatoes…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. gary

    @Edith – me too but not the homogeneous, flavourless, hydroponicly grown supermarket tomato that never ripens and never goes off.

    I love the soft gnarled flavoursome tomatoes my pals grow and love their giant spanish cousins

  13. Flinn

    Ben,

    It’s great that you are able to live in a place that you love so much. Most people in the US are not able to do so…in fact, many people can barely tolerate where they live, or just live there because they feel “trapped”. But there are people who live in NYC, for example, who love every day they get to wake up in such a great city. Ditto for San Francisco, Chicago, and a few others. To be able to live in a place that you love is a wonderful feeling.

  14. Edith

    @ Gary,

    I agree! There’s nothing like home-grown tomatoes which have never seen a greenhouse from the inside. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. raytibbitts

    @Flinn – I have found very few people in the U.S. that feel “trapped” as you say, and many, many more who love living where they live, whether it be big city, suburb, or rural. Personally, I can’t stand city life, but it`s all I can afford here in Spain. My wife (a Spaniard) and I take turns deciding where we’re going to live.
    Having said that, there’s a LOT I love about living in Spain. But, to be completely honest, “there’s no place like home.”

  16. soy pescador

    I have to agree with Ray on his comment. I have been in Spain in a small village in the Valencia region for 2 years now. My wife is also a Spaniard and we are still not completely settled. Actually we are always in the conversation as where we should be living. We have decided to look in the near future of living in my country for a so she can experience my culture for a while. As to me becoming a Spainoholic maybe in the next 20 years or so , who knows ?

  17. Jonk

    I think most places in the western world can be good to live in, especially if we make the best of all our circumstances to make friends.

    I met a woman who now lives in Beijing which is still very much a developing city and she said she was missing it after only a few weeks because she has made all these friends, joined art classes and Tai Chi classes and has done her utmost to fit in.

    These sorts of stories exist all over the world.

  18. Edith

    @ Raytibbitts,

    Everyone who is near the end of his tether – economically speaking – probably feels trapped, no matter where he lives.

    RE ‘there’s no place like home’: culture shock is a very complex phenomenon and it involves lots of factors like age, socio-economic status, personality structure, cultural incompatibilities, etc.

  19. Jonathan

    ‘what is the Spanish version of a Francophile’ = “Spanglophile” I think. At any rate thats what I can myself – Lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Edith

    A spanglophile is someone who loves Spanglish AKA border Spanish! Vamos a tomar un ‘brequecito’ para ‘lonchear’… etc… ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. gary

    I still cant get used to seeing someone on “TV” that I have met in person …

    Salmorejo looks great

  22. Jesรƒยบs

    So you like salmorejo, don’t you? Well, then taste the Andalusian Gazpacho. It is almost the same, but Gazpacho is served in a glass.
    I’m from Seville, and I have drunk litres and litres of Gazpacho since I came to this world.
    My father says that it is “a river of vitamins”. And you don`t need to make it: you can buy it in supermarkets (v.g. Mercadona) and it is even cheaper than make it yourself.
    Greetings from Seville.

  23. luke

    @Jesus. You could be a philanthropist, someone who loves all mankind. (I’m trying to ignore the irony here!).

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