calçotsIf you are in Catalonia between January and beginning of April, you will notice that many restaurants on weekend days remain empty, people go somewhere else to eat. Where? The answer is they go the masias on the country side and have a big calçotada. Calçots are kind of young onions, first they are grilled and then dipped in a delicious sauce. It can get messy so everyone wears a bib to avoid too much messiness. As a second dish you get quails, black pudding, beans and as a dessert a very omnomnomnom crema catalana. And don’t forget the wine, cava and orujos. I love calçotadas. And am actually proud that as a child I hated veggies (like every normal child I guess) but loved loved loved calçots.

Wenn Ihr zwischen Januar und Anfang April in Katalonien seid, werdet Ihr vielleicht bemerken, dass viele Restaurants in der Stadt am Wochenende Mittags auffallend leer sind, da die Menschen irgendwo anders zum Essen hingehen. Und zwar fahren viele aufs Land zu den sogenannten Masias und essen Calçots. Bei einer calçotada kriegt jeder ein Lätzchen, damit man sich nicht bekleckert wenn man die calçots in die Soße dippt und isst. Das ganze wird mit viel Wein, Cava und Orujo begossen. Natürlich dürfen auch Wachteln, Blutwurst und weiße Bohnen nicht fehlen. Und auf keinen Fall die crema catalana am Ende des Festmahls. Ich liebe calçotadas. Und gewissermaßen bin ich stolz darauf, dass ich als Kind kein Gemüse (welches normale Kind mag schon Gemüse?) aber gerne calçots gegessen habe. Vor allem, endlich mal etwas das man mit den Händen essen muss.

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