Silver Travel Cook Club

April 2022 – Spanish Made Simple

This month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a recipe for Galletas de Aceite (olive oil, raisin and lemon cookies) inspired by sponsor Sovereign Luxury Travel’s Canary Islands holidays.

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Recipe: Galletas de Aceite (olive oil, raisin and lemon cookies)

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 125g caster sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 150 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 100g raisins
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 250g self-raising flour


  1. In a big bowl, vigorously whisk both the sugars with the olive oil for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and the egg and whisk for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the raisins, salt and lemon zest.
  4. Sift over the flour and fold with a spatula for no longer than 2 minutes. The mixture will lose its fluffiness and get firmer the longer you fold it, so don’t over do it. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Roll the chilled dough into balls the size of ping pong balls and place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 10 cm (4 inches) between each one to allow for spreading.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes if you like them soft and doughy, or 9 minutes if you prefer them crispier.

How to win a copy of Spanish Made Simple by Omar Allibhoy

Everyone has a favourite Spanish recipe; there are so many to choose from, from classic paella to tasty tortilla.

Comment below to tell us about a Spanish dish you have enjoyed and where.

A winner will be chosen in early May 2022.
The competition closes on April 30th 2022.

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  1. Vegetarian paella in the Los Faroles restaurant in Porto Pollensa, Majorca,

  2. Large plate of iberico ham,cheese & cava , Barcelona hotel breakfast.
    Starts the day very well.

  3. I love tapas and trying different ones I’ve never had before but my favourite has to be the Spanish black pudding with almonds

  4. My favourite is Zarzuela de Mariscos , a Catalan fish stew. My favourite place to eat it is in Sant Pere Pescador in the northern Costa Brava overlooking the beach

  5. We went on a boat trip to a beautiful sandy beach where the crew fried fish in a massive round dish, they were so fresh and tasty.

  6. When I was 18 years old (many, many moons ago!) I was studying Spanish A level at school and had the opportunity to stay with a Spanish family in Granada for 2 weeks. The lady I was staying with cooked amazing home cooked food and one day she asked me if there was anything in particular I would like for dinner so I asked for paella. I wanted to try a traditional version of this Spanish classic and it was ‘muy delicioso’!

  7. While in Seville a few years ago we walked over the Puente de Triana (P. de Isabel II) to the district of Triana (famous for ceramics) along Calle Bettis, that runs alongside the river. We were looking for the buildings with tile decorated facades and wrought iron balconies that we’d heard about; we found some which were very Art Nouveau in style and absolutely beautiful. Restaurants had tables and chairs set out under a line of trees and we luckily found a free one and sat down: we managed to order a selection of tapas with help from the waiter and although I can’t remember all the lovely dishes we had I do remember my favourite – Huevos a la Flemenca (Flamenco style eggs) – slices of potato, peas, onions and peppers plus chorizo in a tomato and pimenton sauce with an egg cracked on top and baked in an earthenware dish.. A memorable lunch with glorious views of Seville across the river.

  8. My mouth is watering with all these delicious tapas suggestions ! I’ve had some delicious tapas in Granada and Seville and the Basque Country in the north. Garlic king prawns are always a winner with me but I think my overall favourite Spanish dish would be a classic paella, especially after a busy day exploring one of Spain’s stunning cities or a day hiking.

  9. My son and his family live in Barcelona and, pre pandemic, I was a regular visitor. One of our favourite barbecue dishes is calcotada. Calcots originate from a variety of scallion, milder and less bulbeous than onions. Grilled over a high heat, peeled and eaten after dipping in romesco sauce. I’m salivating at the thought and looking forward to visiting in May!

  10. Just a simple grilled Espeto de Sardinas and a glass of Albarino watching the world go by along the Benalmadena-Torremolinos paseo. Heaven.

  11. Beautifully cooked Menu Del Dia in Almeria – To start home cured cold meats with local olives, followed by fresh calamari in tempura batter with a squeeze of lemon, rustic chicken stew with vegetables from the garden add a glass of local wine & I’m in heaven.

  12. On board a CroisiEurope ship on the Douro River we stopped and made our way by coach over the border into Spain and Salamanca. That evening to celebrate, the crew set up a huge pan of Paella.

  13. I enjoyed fresh cooked fish on the island of Lanzarote in the resort of FAMARA where everything is freshly cooked for you served with local baby canary potatoes with fresh salad from the island and spicy sauce red and green. All washed down with a local wine, what a way to spend a lazy lunch watching the waves roar in.

  14. The ‘Bermondsey Bomb’ may not sound Spanish, but we enjoyed it at Pizzaro, the restaurant of acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Pizzaro in, you’ve guessed it, Bermondsey. His tapas is an ironic twist on ‘La bomba de la Barceloneta’, one of the most popular tapas in Barcelona. Jose’s bomb was made with a ball of garlicy potatoes and stuffed with spicy pork before being deep fried and served with aioli. Simple but delicious.

  15. On our cruise we did an excursion in Valencia including Tapas, both sweet and savoury. They were all intriguing and I have no head for recipes; but one stands out. It was all local ingredients, bread, cheese, marmalade and a slice of orange. Sensational! The mix of the cheese with preserved and fresh orange was unexpected and a real taste adventure.

  16. A paella in Malaga with our son and daughter in law. It was well crusted on the pan. And we were half a world away from home.

  17. Paella made freshly in a beach shack whilst we watched the sunset. Amazing memories!

  18. A wonderful black olive tapenade on either fresh or toasted bread topped with fresh anchovies at a little bar in Cancelada on the Costa del Sol.

  19. The best tapas I ever had was late at night in a small bar in Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Such a delightful mix of seafood and then the Spanish guitar music that accompanied it was the icing on the cake.

  20. I enjoyed paella in The Crown Inn in Glentham, Lincolnshire. some years ago. The landlord was Spanish and the dishes were very authentic.

  21. My favourite Spanish dish was at the beach-side restaurant, Chiringuito Gali Gali in Fuengirola – the cocinas are very moreish.

  22. Sizzling prawns in garlic was our first treat on a visit to Tenerife many years ago. Loved it ever since!

  23. Memories if a beer and free tapas in the back streets of Nerja on a great Spanish holiday

  24. Our son and his family took us to our first visit to Spain, which they knew very well, and introduced us to tapas and shared eating. We visited two places, one was a gorgeous restaurant, on the balcony looking out to sea and the dishes were of such varieties and fresh and the second was the complete opposite – a little taverna tucked away down a side street in a town which again produced a wide variety of wonderful savoury and sweet dishes to eat. This is such a fabulous way of eating where we could be introduced to Spanish traditional food and to try such a variety, not have to select one dish.

  25. It has to be the class Paella – sitting in the town of Escorial, 25 miles or so from Madrid – went to see the monastery built and lived in by Philip II. Then discover the beautiful countryside

  26. Enjoyed a wonderful array of tapas dishes whiling away the afternoon in a lovely restaurant garden in the shade of the trees in Lanzarote quite a few years ago now – it was all the better for just having discovered the place by chance – wonderful memories.

  27. I always try menu-del-dia – like to get a mix of Spanish food – in the Costa del Sol many many venues!

  28. Sopa de Mariscos in La carihuela,Costa del Sol,with the sun shining and a glass of sangria.perfecto!

  29. Freshly caught sardines with garlic and parsley. Fried and served with bread and a side salad. Sitting on the waters edge at Es Grau in Menorca on a sunny day. Simple and exquisitely delicious

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