Dinner in Cuenca

I had to go to Cuenca for a week. For work.

The only other time I had been there was two years ago (or was it three?) for a day trip. It was March, and it snowed quite a lot so we didn’t manage to take in much about the city…I only remember the warm cocido (a typical stew they make in Spain) at the restaurant 😉

This time, I worked from 9:00 to 18:30 every day and only once managed to visit the city. A post on that will be coming to this website next week. What I wanted to write about today was a delicate, decadent dinner I had at my friend’s house. He’s an extremely sweet Londoner who I used to work with and commute with when he lived in Madrid; now he’s moved to Cuenca, and one evening we met up.

In the tiny, windowless kitchen of his small flat with Oreo, a gorgeous podenco mix, looking at us with puppy eyes from the door, he made a spectacular dinner for two. Everything was homemade and you could taste the passion for cooking in every bite.

We had dinner on the balcony. It was Cuenca’s first day of Autumn, and this is what it looked like:

cuenca view spain

The view of Cuenca from the balcony, before we started eating

homemade hummus

Creamy homemade hummus, surprisingly good even though it hadn’t been made with tajine

podenco cuenca perro dog rescue adopt

Oreo, begging for something, anything!, during the preparations

lamb lentil soup cuenca dinner

Our dinner, all in one plate: basmati rice, roasted lamb and the most amazing turmeric lentil soup. Oh, and a bagel 🙂

The lentil soup with turmeric was really the best lentil soup I have ever ever eaten in my life.

tomato plant balcony cuenca

He also had a whole array of tomato plants growing in pots. At a certain point he called from the kitchen and asked me to pick some for the salad. I did. We ate them. There’s nothing better than that, is there?


Here we are, ready to roll!


cuenca view landscape

While we were eating, the sun peeked out from under the clouds. So beautiful!

I would definitely go back to that restaurant any day! Thank you 🙂


About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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