Pan de Vino?! – Guest blogger – Eleena de Lisser

Guest blogger Eleena de Lisser discovers a new culinary curiosity…

“Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it.” – Shakespeare, Othello

A Spanish winery has taken the old Spanish proverb “con pan y vino se anda al camino” to heart and is developing a product called Pan de Vino (“wine bread,” in English). The purple-colored bread will reportedly have all of red wine’s health benefits with none of its side effects. In other words, it won’t make you tipsy. That means you can eat as much of it as you like and not have to worry about it going to your head. What it will do to your hips and waistline, if eaten in excess, however, is another matter.

The research unit of Grupo Matarromera, a large winery based in Valladolid, Spain, is creating the bread in conjunction with Spain’s Centro Tecnológico del Cereal. Its researchers claim that one slice of the bread will equal two glasses of wine, in terms of health benefits.

Red wine contains a large amount of polyphenols, naturally occuring chemicals that help reduce the negative health impact of fatty foods. These polyphenols, located in the skin of red wine grapes, have antioxidant qualities. In plain English, drinking red wine in moderation is good for your body because it lowers bad cholesterol and can help keep your heart healthy.

Pan de Vino gets its purple color from the skin of wine grapes. Because the wine bread doesn’t contain actual alcohol, Matarromera says it will be safe for pregnant women and children to eat. But perhaps the biggest plus of Pan de Vino, apart from its heart healthy benefits, is the fact that it will stay fresher longer than conventional bread, according to the company.

Pan de Vino is currently still in the research and development phase, although Matarromera has said it expects to bring the hybrid comestible to market sometime next year.

If Matarromera tiene éxito with this venture, perhaps other Spanish food and beverage companies will follow suit creating their own unique twist on classic Spanish foods. Chorizo-flavored churros, anyone?

Actually, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone were already in a laboratory somewhere right now trying to invent such a concotion. After all there are a lot of wildly creative chefs and food scientists in Spain.

Can you guess which of the following menu items do NOT currently exist in Spanish cuisine? Leave your guesses in the comments below. We’ll update this post later on with the correct answers once we get at least 20 responses!

1. Skate wing (a type of fish) with pig trotters (pig’s feet) and tabouleh
2. A “popcorn” made out of tomato water and olive oil
3. Manchego Cheese ice cream
4. Cow stomach lining and cow intestines with garlic
5. Bacalao butterscotch cookies
6. Dried octopus chips in soup
7. Vegetables with jelly
8. Peanut butter and jamón serrano bocadillo
9. Scallops in coffee cream, cinnamon and curry

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13 thoughts on “Pan de Vino?! – Guest blogger – Eleena de Lisser

  1. Diquierebcn

    Please tell me a peanut butter and jamon serrano bocadillo does not exist in the real world.

  2. gary

    As the spanish will enjoy eating anything and everything that lives, breathes, grows or moves this is hard – My vote is with 8.

  3. Gabriella Opaz

    First off, the wine-bread sounds rather frightening to me. Granted, I’m a purist, and enjoy my wine wine, or mosto (grape juice), with a hunk of bread, rather than in a frightening science experiment gone wrong. But hey, that’s just me ;-) As for which of these don’t exist on the Spanish market? Honestly, I’m quaking in my boots imagining some of these in existence, but if I would have to guess, I’d say: 1,2,5, 7, 8, 9.

  4. Maria S.

    I talked to a Spaniard yesterday evening and showed her the list. She thought it would have to be #8 as there was no peanut butter in her Spanish cuisine when she had moved to Germany (!) 21 years ago. But with all that fusion food on the market…

    Eleena, can you tell us the number of how many are not part of the Spanish cuisine!

  5. eleena

    ¡Hola chicos!
    Here are the answers. For the record, I’ve never tasted any of these dishes or eaten in any of these restaurants, so I have no idea as to what they actually taste like. Congrats to those of you spotted the fake dishes right away. :)

    1. Skate wing (a type of fish) with pig trotters (pig’s feet) and tabouleh [Sergi Arola Gastro Restaurante, Madrid]

    2. A “popcorn” made out of tomato water and olive oil [Experimiental dish by a Spanish chef featured in a video on "Worlds of Flavor Spain" (www.worldsofflavorspain.com) web site.]

    3. Manchego Cheese ice cream [Mentioned on "Worlds of Flavor Spain" web site.]

    4. Cow stomach lining and cow intestines with garlic [Dish called “Callos a la madrilena”, popular among Latin American immigrants living in Madrid. Spain reportedly has to import 10 times as much tripe as it can produce to meet the demand.]

    5. Bacalao butterscotch cookies [FICTION. Made this one up.]

    6. Dried octopus chips in soup [Restaurante Martín Berasategui, Gipuzkoa, Spain.]

    7. Vegetables with jelly [Restaurante Martín Berasategui]

    8. Peanut butter and jamón serrano bocadillo [FICTION. Can you imagine? A peanut butter and ham sandwich?GROSS!!]

    9. Scallops in coffee cream, cinnamon and curry [Martín Berasategui, once again.]

    After reading this list, anyone suffering indigestion yet? :) ¡Gracias a todos por comentar!

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