Upon our return from Granada, we spent another couple of days in Sevilla visiting family and relaxing.
Below are a couple of shots of my tita’s in Sevilla.
Spring is a great time to be in Spain. The weather is perfect and you can catch many fairs going on throughout the country including many religious holidays.
During the month of May, Las Cruces de Mayo is celebrated. Religiously, the festival is rooted in the search by the Byzantine Empress Saint Helena for the cross on which Jesus died, but the popular traditions connected to the festival certainly originate from pagan traditions brought to Spain by the Roman Empire. In light of Las Cruces de Mayo, throughout the city you will frequently see many children carrying miniature crosses on float type displays. The children, usually with an adult tagging along, will carry it around the block.
After visiting cousins, we hit the beach! Chipiona!!
Chipiona has history in our family. My Tita Carlota purchased the chalet a block away from the beach when my mother was a tiny thing.
My mami used to spend her summers on the beach eating freshly picked mulberries and tagging along with my tita’s as they fetched fresh raw milk and bought live chickens that my Abuela Rora would cull in the kitchen for La Merienda (Dinner). My mami called Chipiona her refuge, her place of peace as she would run up sand dunes and swim for hours. Wow… Times have changed. However, when I was little I also have the memories of tagging along with Abuela Rora and buying live chickens for dinner. Ha! I may just bring that memory back!!
So we all have our treasured memories of Chipiona and now my children will as well!
I even ate some snails!
One of our most favorite breakfast treats to eat in Chipiona, is manteca colorá. Believe it or not, it’s seasoned rendered pork fat that is smothered on toast and sprinkled with honey or sugar. Unbelievably good!!
My family swears by it and will not eat it from anywhere else. The person who makes it is the town carnicero (butcher) and a family friend! His wife Meji and their children have been friends with ours since I can remember. So it was so much fun visiting his booth at the plaza where he GAVE ME HIS RECIPE!!!
Until then, have a great weekend!