Patatas Bravas and Beautiful Waterfalls in the Spanish Pyrenees!

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Good morning everyone and happy Monday!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

I am writing you a quick note from the Spanish Pyrenees where I came to do a little mountain climbing with Fozzy. We’re staying in Oto, (population 108!) a short distance from Ordessa National Park. Every day we’ve been on a spectacular walk or climb in near isolation, surrounded by stunning views of waterfalls, streams, and mountains. It has been heaven.

“I strive to perfect myself physically and spiritually. In the presence of mountains, I attempt to understand my life, to exorcise vanity, greed and fear… I view my past, dream of the future, and with unusual acuteness I experience the present moment…On each journey I am reborn”
Anatoli Boukreev

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The place we rented didn’t have much of a kitchen (although it did have a cave for a living room!), so we didn’t cook as much as we normally do. Instead we took the long walk to the next biggest town, Broto (population 560) for our daily meal of grilled vegetables, fresh fish, raciones of tapas and a relaxing glass of wine. One of our favorites was Patatas Bravas with aioli sauce. It’s light and satisfying and a great alternative to the American potato salad standard. I’ve included the recipe below. You can alter it by adding some avocado or a thread of saffron to give it a nice twist.

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I’ll be back to my regular programming next week, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the recipe and a few pictures from my excursion. And if you love mountain climbing, I heartily recommend you find your way here. It is a deeply beautiful and soul-satisfying place!

Have a great week and stay well!
xo
B

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Patatas Bravas and Aioli

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 Aioli

  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
  • Large pinch Himalaya Salt
  • 1 organic DHA egg
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2/3 cup olive oil

Combine ingredients in food processor or VitaMix and process until you create a smooth creamy dressing. Refrigerate.

 Patatas Bravas Aioli

  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • Peel and coarsely chop potatoes.
  • Boil until fork tender.
  • Strain potatoes and allow to cool.

Combine with aioli and parsley and serve cold.

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2 comments on “Patatas Bravas and Beautiful Waterfalls in the Spanish Pyrenees!

  1. Sheila Valencia Spain

    Glad that you are enjoying your time in Spain Here in Valencia Spain Patatas braves are normally hot mini roasted potatoes with the aioli mayo and a spicy red sauce served together bliss

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thanks Sheila! Actually I saw two different kinds of patatas braves there…. the warm with a tomato based sauce and then these….I liked these the most~
      But I’ll be back in Spain in March and will try again 🙂

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