A discussion about the “campo” or country would not be complete without a mention of food. Because going to the country for the day is just another excuse to eat.
If you are from Algeciras, there is typical campo food. Proper campo food. Of course you can see variations. For example, I have seen families roasting whole lambs and pigs where we had our picnic Friday. But if you want to stick to the tried and true, your picnic contains:
- Ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad). It has nothing to do with Russia as far as I know. It is basically potato salad with tuna and olives.
- Tortilla (Omlette). A fried potato and egg concoction. A yummy artery clogger.
- Pimientos fritos, (Fried green peppers). Always wrapped in tinfoil. Not sure why.
- And if you are really splashing out, filetes empanados, breaded and fried pork cutlets.
Wash it down with litre size bottles of Cruzcampo beer. Then lay down for a siesta.
With that menu you can understand why people don’t move far from their car.
What do you eat in the country?