Wok have I done!

  It won’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to know from the title that this is about that most wonderful of Chinese inventions, the wok. I’ve had one for years, or I should say, I’ve had two, I had to leave my first one in England because it wouldn’t go in the
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Paella: Rice With Everything

 Paella may be dismissed as the catch-all cuisine of Spain – but be careful, this once simple workman’s dish is a minefield of personal opinions. The menu fixed to the wall in front of me proudly offers one hundred and seventy-six rice dishes. The first question that springs to
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Half a head is NOT better than none

  In recent years Spain has given the world some of its top chefs, but nationally its gastronomy is still based on granny’s kitchen.           It’s almost two o’clock, the beginning of the Spanish lunch break, and I stop off at Valencia’s Mercado Central to pick up something
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Time for Tapas

  The myths about the origins of tapas are about as many as the flavourings of this bite-sized Spanish morsel. You can choose the one where Alfonso VIII, on a visit to Cádiz, was taking a glass of wine when the wind picked up. A quick-witted barman slipped a sliver of jamon
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