Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Segovia and Cochinillo

With lots of visitors lately, we have been making the tourist rounds in the Madrid area. It is a definite blessing to have friends visit with us!

Monday, we took a trip to Segovia, Spain. A small town about an hour north of Madrid. It is home to a castle and a Roman aqueduct.

It is also famous for its local dish: cochinillo (roasted piglet). It is a very popular dish at Christmas time here in Madrid. As the holidays get closer the supermarkets will have meat cases with baby pigs all very nice placed together and plastic wrapped, ready to be taken home for Christmas dinner.

Neither our guests, nor Jeff and I had ever tried the Spanish dish, so we decided to have a nice meal at a Segovian restaurant called "Asi Nos Ponen Huevos como Gallinas"....I'm not really sure what exactly the name is supposed to mean.....translated it means: "We'll be like chickens laying eggs".......

Anyways, so we all tried the local dish: cochinillo. This is what arrived as my main course:

(I can't get blogger to turn my picture the right way....)

Yes, that is a foot and a tail. Jeff ended up with an ear on his piece... I will say that the meat was really tender, and didn't exactly taste how I expected, though one is defintely thrown off by the sight of the tiny foot and tail....

1 comment:

Sue J. said...

Does that mean it didn't taste like bacon?! Those potatoes look delicious....

Well, I have to chuckle, as it reminds me of a time when I went to a well-known German establishment in Milwaukee. Ordered the pork (of course!). Ended up getting an ENORMOUS hunk of meat with a GIANT knife sticking out of it. The folks at the table next to us had to hide their giggles. ("She's going to eat all of that?!")

That's when you decide that the most important thing about going out is the company you share the experience with. (My husband is a hero!)