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  • Big is better when it comes to canned tuna

    Published April 1st by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the many great things about living in Spain is the fish counter in every supermarket. There’s a wide choice of fish, at reasonable prices, and the friendly, helpful staff will prepare it for cooking if you ask. However, it’s not always convenient to serve up fresh fish. Sometimes you want a quick, convenient healthy snack or meal, and that’s where canned tuna comes in. Most people keep a few cans of tuna in the store cupboard, but I discovered long ago that bigger is better, and when it comes to buying canned tuna, it’s best to Go Grande for a number of reasons.

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  • Arroz de Ayuno: Giving up meat for Lent has never been so enjoyable!

    Published April 1st by Sandra Piddock
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    Lots of people decide to give up something for Lent, whether it’s alcohol, fast food, chocolates or something else. Here in Spain, Arroz de Ayuno – known as fasting rice – is traditionally eaten during Lent. (La Cuaresma) Go native and do as the Spanish do and avoid eating meat during Lent. The great thing about this dish is that it has a great flavour, so you don’t actually miss having meat in the meal. Think paella without the chicken, pork or rabbit and you’ve got the idea.

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  • When the dream is over: The realities of dying in Spain

    Published March 31st by Sandra Piddock
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    It’s a cliché, but so many people move to Spain to ‘Live the dream.’ But what happens when, inevitably, to use another well-worn cliché, you ‘Face the final curtain?’ The procedures following death in Spain can be very different to those in the UK, and if you don’t know what to expect or how to deal with it all, it can add to the anguish at a very stressful time. Here are just some of the ways in which dying in Spain is different.

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  • Oranges everywhere!

    Published March 1st by Sandra Piddock
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    December to March are very colourful months around the Costa Blanca, before the oranges in the groves are harvested and sent to market. As you walk past, you catch the scent of the rapidly ripening oranges, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably be tempted to try one, or take a couple home for freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning. And that’s okay – as long as the grove isn’t fenced off, that is. If the grove is fenced, that’s because the owner doesn’t want you to go in there making free with his oranges.

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  • Why Spanish strawberries taste better in Spain

    Published March 1st by Sandra Piddock
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    I waded into a minor Facebook scrap yesterday. A friend of ours posted a photo of a strawberry the size of a small country, and bragged about how lovely it tasted. A friend of his immediately came back with the comment that as soon as he sees ‘Country of origin; Spain’ on strawberries, he avoids them like the plague, because he knows they’ll taste of nothing at all. The difference between the two perceptions of Spanish strawberries is that our friend bought his from the local street market, while the watery excuses for strawberries his friend refers to come from Morrison’s, Tesco, or any one of the other supermarkets or markets in the UK.

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  • No Ordinary Expat: Alison Wynne-Ryder, the Quirky Medium

    Published February 28th by Sandra Piddock
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    Alison Wynne-Ryder and her husband John have only been in Spain for three years, but already the lady also known as the Quirky Medium is sharing her unique psychic gifts, and helping people who have lost loved ones to come to terms with life after bereavement.

    If your idea of psychic activity is séances in darkened rooms, mediums in trances and strange voices, you’ll find Alison is refreshingly normal, and her working area, where she welcomes clients, writes articles for the local press and her blog and holds her psychic development courses, is all light and positive energy. You get the idea that any spirits dropping by are coming for the craic, and a good laugh with this bubbly lady.

    I first met Alison at a psychic devel...

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  • Kristjan Arnold's Opinion on Catalan Independence

    Published February 6th by Kristjan Arnold
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    If you spend any amount of time in Spain, particularly in its proud Catalan region , you will hear about the people’s fight for independence. But where did it start, should Catalan be independent and what does this mean for Spain?

    Insider Kristjan has covered this subject in an in-depth series. In his final post, he covers his opinion on Catalan independence.

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  • It's strawberry season!

    Published February 2nd by Sandra Piddock
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    Strolling around our local market earlier this week , my senses were stimulated by the fabulous fragrance of fresh strawberries. Strawberries – along with cherries – are my absolute favourite fruit, and they are also one of the best anti-inflammatory foods going. That’s good news for me, because I have Lupus, and I can’t take anti-inflammatory medication for various reasons. But did you know you can also use strawberries for hair and skin care? And at Spanish prices, you can buy as many as you want.

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  • Book Review: The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds

    Published February 2nd by Sandra Piddock
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    N. J. Simmonds’s debut novel ‘The Path Keeper’ is scheduled for release in February 2017. It’s the first of a series of fantasy novels aimed at young adults, but suitable for any age group that appreciates good writing and can suspend belief and get lost in the story.

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  • No Ordinary Expat: Clive Gray. How the man in the suit from Sheffield became Our Man in Torrevieja

    Published February 1st by Sandra Piddock
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    Many expats reinvent themselves when they move to Spain and try something radically different, often acquiring new skill sets along with their tans, but Clive Gray has managed to take different to a whole new level. The former building society customer services manager and environment agency worker from Sheffield has pretty much reinvented himself since he came to Spain to help out a friend who was snowed under with work in 2007. Now the self-confessed computer and telecommunications geek can add Executive Film Producer, Actor and Movie Mogul to his CV, and as with everything else he’s ever tackled, he’s rather good at it.

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