Southern Spanish food tends towards olive oil, fried fish, bread, olives and tomatoes. I lived with a host mother when I first moved to Spain and despite our rather rocky relationship I always appreciated her way with food. My favorite Spanish recipes are some of the things she made for my meals, especially her potato salad. Her Spanish potato salad was a cold mixture of potatoes, green olives stuffed with anchovies, tomatoes, onions, and canned albacore tuna mixed with olive oil and white wine vinegar. It’s a much lighter potato salad than what we usually have here in the US, but every time I prepare it for a family get-together it’s gone by the end of the meal. My second favorite Spanish dish is salmorejo. Salmorejo is a typical Spanish dish that originated in Cordoba and is a variation of tomato soup. It includes day-old bread, tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and salt. It is often garnished with chopped Serrano ham and hard-boiled egg. Gazpacho is extremely popular in Southern Spain and is a similar dish to salmorejo, however, it includes cucumber, green pepper, and onion. Also, because it is thinner than salmorejo, gazpacho is often served in a glass and drunk rather than sipped like soup.
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Many of my photographs are taken during my travels through Europe, Asia and Africa. I'm continually seeking inspiration in the architecture I see, the local customs I engage in and the vibrant lifestyles of the people I meet. I see each photograph as a candid shot of someone's life in another country. Through my photography I want to erase borders that may exist because of distance, language or misunderstanding.
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