Salamis and other cured sausages
The British way with sausages has always been to put them straight into the pan but, by taking the same minced meat and fat, adding more salt and sometimes a little wine, then hanging the sausage up to mature and dry in its skin, European sausage-makers have produced a glorious range of cutting and keeping sausages.
We tend to call these salamis but really the names are legion. Here is a brief description of the ones used in the recipes.
Chorizo: Chorizo is not one but hundreds of different Spanish sausages. These can be smoked or unsmoked, made with or without wine and with varying strengths of garlic but, say sausage and charcuterie experts, the two things that are in common to all are pork and pimento. A picante chorizo will be spicy hot. The big bore slicing chorizo can be eaten just like salami. Smaller, softer chorizo are usually made to be cooked and served whole. You can buy really good chorizo from Brindisa at www.brindisa.com
French garlic sausage: This is an example of the smaller, softer kind of quick-cured sausage made to be eaten hot.
Kabaños: A Polish cured sausage made with coarse minced pork, Kabanos is made in long, slim links and lightly smoked. It can be eaten as it is, or cooked.
Salami: Or, more correctly, salame. Every small town in Italy seems to have evolved a variation using a different part of the gut for casing, or mixing different meats, or adding its own special touch with the seasoning. Some think wine is essential for moisture and developing a special character during the cure, others use nothing but pork, hard back fat (from the pig’s back) and white peppercorns. The joy of buying salami from the right shop is being offered several to taste, but if you don’t have the time a Milano salami is generally good.
Mortadella: This is a sausage the size of a party-sized haggis which is made from very finely minced meat (purists in Bologna, the Mortadella capital, say made purely from pork) studded with a few flecks of fat and incased in a bladder. It is cooked first, then left to mature for a brief time only.
All you need is crusty bread to mop up the juices in this superb summery salad that has more than a hint of Italy about it.
With 30% of food being thrown away, this recipe is a good way of making sure you use up those odds and ends in the salad drawer, plus any bits of cured meat lying around! Use whatever you like - or try Delia's favourite combinations.
A one-pot recipe that will definitely become one of your favourites! Packed with flavour, this Spanish casserole is simply wonderful and needs nothing else with it. How easy is that?
A birthday celebration in Majorca allowed Delia to indulge her love of Spanish food with this easy, flavourful recipe. Give it a try!
There's something of the English breakfast going on here, with a French version of scrambled eggs coupled with Bayonne ham, although you could use bacon. A tasty breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper dish!
Anyone's who holidayed in Spain will have enjoyed this superb combination of seafood and rice, with a spicy kick. Delia has perfected her own version - and learnt a little culinary secret along the way...
When you've got hardly any time to prepare lunch or supper, this one is ideal: simply eggs, peppers, cheese, tomatoes and chorizo cooked in a shallow gratin dish.
This is actually a delightful combination of sausage, egg, bacon and mushrooms. Sorry about the chips – but you won't miss them because the salad leaves, crisp, crunchy croutons and the sherry dressing make this much more special.
The Americans invented meatballs to go with spaghetti, and there are lots of ground rules, but the main criteria for any meatball is that it should have a kind of melt-in-the-mouth lightness and not be heavy and bouncy. These, I think, are just right