If like me, summer arrives one unexpected morning by slapping you on the face with slice of burnt toast, compelling you to change not just your trouser length, but your diet, drinking habits, sleeping postures and even the rooms you inhabit in your house - then you may be keen to discover the secret to summer survival is far more simple than you think. Don't flee back to the UK just so you can pull on those thigh length socks again - hold on! There is a solution and like many good things in life, it begins with the letter P.
Nope, its not Podemos, nor Pablo - though I understand why you may think so - it is in fact Pippirana - translated directly as "Froggy-pee -salad" - as mouth-watering a translation as any I could imagine
Look for it emerging during this early summer days - wherever there is a menu del día. If not, just enter you local eating establishment, cough loudly to attract the attention of the waiter who is probably watching the telly, and say in a loud and clear voice: ¡oiga! Jefe, una racion de pipirana!” .This will empower your Spanish in a way nothing short of an ear transplant from Miguel Cervantes would do.
If, you are unfortunate enough not to live in an ares where the ´P´salad is served - then fret not, for below is the gazpachomOnk's extracted recipe from the local supplier. Go forth and reproduce...
Tomatoes: mature, squashy and preferably home grown.
Couple of pepinos: (small cucumbers) peeled, cut into cubes.
An onion or two diced.
Green pepper diced.
Vinegar, olive oil, cumin and salt.
Either a hard-boiled egg or tuna as topping.
There are no instructions as such, you just cut it all up and lob everything into bowl, and then mix it all together. The secret ingredient is not an item, rather it is in the process. Like all the best foods, patience in preparation is the key and in the case of pippirana you should leave it for an hour or so in the fridge to absorb all the flavours before serving it.
If you make enough to last a couple of days, you will gleefully notice that the vegetables soften, the flavours intensify and your body will now be able to withstand the temperatures of a Sahara sandstorm.
For more Authentic Summer Survival Recipes, see the whole range in Inside the Tortilla including the history and preparation for Gazpacho, Salmorejo, Almejas, Tomatoe Alinado, Pulpo a la Gallego, Cogollos a la Cordobesa and many more.
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Check it out here before the heat is upon you.