With temperatures still soaring in many parts of Northern Europe we thought we would share a delicious cooling summer Gazpacho recipe with you.
Tomato based gazpachos originated in Andalucía but are now eaten throughout Spain, especially during the hot summer months. The version we are bringing you is green, no tomatoes this time, but it is bursting with fresh herbs, ripe green peppers and zingy chilli. The ingredients list might seem long, but everything can be picked up in a regular supermarket and the actual making of the soup is very simple as everything is wizzed up in a blender.
This soup is a wonderful appetizer; it’s perfect served in small glasses before a BBQ. Just remember to chill the soup well before serving.
Serves 6 approximately.
Into the blender put the sugar, nuts, spinach, basil, parsley, coriander, vinegar, oil, yogurt, half of the water, a few ice cubes, salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Give it a good blitz till smooth.
Now roughly chop the celery, pepper, cucumber, bread, chilli and garlic, now add to the blender and blitz until the Gazpacho is smooth, adding more ice cubes to loosen.
Taste for seasoning and consistency, adding more water if you prefer a thinner soup.
Place in the fridge to chill till ready to serve.
When you want to eat ladle into small bowls or glasses, add a small dollop of extra Greek yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil.
Do you have any favorite Spanish recipes you would like to share with us? If yes, drop us a comment below.
This year’s Anfi Regatta was a great success; we caught up with two of the proud sponsors Pedro Vega of Navega and Juan José Correa, from Decotextil.
Navega is an established company in Gran Canaria dedicated to the maintenance of yachts. Their services include paint repairs, polishing, general and fibre repairs, electrical, plumbing and upholstery cleaning.
Pedro Vega, owner of the company Navega told us, “Taking care of a boat well is absolutely essential for its best performance”.
Vega continued, “The success of the Anfi Regatta is obvious, despite its short history, it has become a true classic amongst sailing events within Canary Islands. The race was a success, both in regards to organization and participation, which no doubt will be next year.”
Juan José Correa, owner of Decotextil a company specialising in interiors and upholstery acknowledges that as a company they “focus on design, quality and especially price, ensuring we are different and competitive.”
In regards to Anfi Correa continued, “Anfi is always improving and renovating, continuing as always, to be different from the rest – you always have to innovate in order to advance”.
“Decotextil are committed to innovative design and we recognize that you always have to improve within the industry in order to survive. Our customers are looking for something new, as they also want innovative and exciting options.”
Are you looking for something fun, exciting and different to do during your summer holiday in Gran Canaria this year?
Well we have just the thing for you – A Fiesta, Canarian style!
Below is a selection of great celebrations taking place this summer in Gran Canaria. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Gran Canaria during any of these fiestas why not join in and take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this colourful and warm culture.
Come join in the fiesta and celebrate in true Canarian style!
Bajada de la Rama – 5th August 2011
A rather unusual festival, celebrated throughout the coastal towns and beaches of Gran Canaria, specifically in Agaete in the north of the island. Locals pay reverence to their ancestors’ practice of calling to the saints for much needed rainfall after the dry summer months.
In the past, natives climbed the mountain forests, bringing branches down to beat the surface of the sea, in an attempt to encourage rain. Today locals gather on the beaches for a spot of modern day sea- beating, still with the hope of encouraging rain.
Fiesta del Pino – from 7th September 2011
The celebrations of Fiesta del Pino take place over a two-week period, and is one of Gran Canaria’s largest festivals, in honour of Nuestra Señora del Pino or Our Lady of the Pines – the islands patron saint.
Whilst many villages around the island celebrate this holy festival, the principal celebrations take place in the islands religious capital, Teror, also famous for its charming balcony lined cobbled streets.
Thousands of pilgrims gather from all over the island, after long marches of penance and petitions, to pay homage to their saint, as her icon is paraded around the streets.
Fiesta del Charco – September 11th 2011
This festival is celebrated in La Aldea de San Nicolás, a small, though busy fishing village on the islands west coast, so far unaffected by mass tourism.
The Fiesta del Charco or Party of the Pond, is a unique fiesta, where locals relive ancient traditions, related to the aboriginal islanders fishing techniques of drugging the fish with the sap of indigenous plants, to make them easier to catch.
Nowadays thousands of partygoers jostle to plunge themselves into the pond in the vain hope of catching a sea creature for their supper!
NOTE: Fiesta dates supplied by Gran Canaria official tourist board website www.grancanaria.com
Dates can be subject to change.
For more information on excursions, car hire or bus routes pop along to the Anfi Vacation Club office situated next to Club Monte Anfi Reception.
Tel: (+34) 928 062 444 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or click right here to access our online virtual catalogue.
It’s time to announce the latest winners of the My Anfi Photo Campaign and as usual we have received some great shots of Anfi!
Each of our winners will be receiving an iPod Shuffle, the perfect little gadget to store all of their favourite music on and to bring to Anfi for some musical poolside chillin’.
April’s winner is Laura Townsend for her stunning rose-hued sunset shot – great job Laura!
Another atmospheric evening shot takes the winning spot for May – by John Thwaites.
We had a tough job choosing June’s winner as we had many fantastic entries. We finally went for this photograph of Anfi Tauro Golf taken by Graham Beardsley – just brilliant!
Congratulations to all of our winners – your iPods are in the mail!
Our June winner Graham is also getting a special ‘heads-up’ from the judges – check out his spectacular photos below.
We are always on the lookout for great photos of Anfi, ones which we can use in our brochures and website – do you think you have what it takes to capture a professional-style image of Anfi?
Submit your holiday snaps to us today by clicking on this link right here and you might find yourself being a winner too!
Do you fancy checking out some world class sporting action this week in Gran Canaria?
Then Pozo Izquierdo, a small fishing town on the islands west coast is the place to head, as from the 9th to the 14th July the PWA Pozo World Cup windsurfing championships are taking place along its shores.
Pozo Izquierdo is considered throughout the windsurfing world as one of the best spots on the planet to hit the waves, due to its strong winds – which can reach in excess of fifty knots – and steep waves.
Pozo attracts the worlds most skilled and radical windsurfers, who display gravity defying stunts wowing the crowds and judges lining the shore.
Surfers to watch are the Moreno twins, Daida and Iballa, hailing from Gran Canaria. The twins have dominated the competition at Pozo for the past 13 years and they look set to continue their successful run during this years competition.
Check out the official website or grab your sun cream and towel and head down to Pozo for the day. The town has some great beachfront restaurants and bars and is a popular haunt with the locals – why not try something different this holiday?
For information on bus timetables or car hire visit the Viajes AVC office situated adjacent to Club Monte Anfi.
Or alternatively contact them via Tel: (+34) 928 062 444 or E-mail: email@example.com
We have just enjoyed another successful Member’s Week at Anfi – a week filled with a great selection of extra on-site activities just for our Members.
We began the week with an aquatic theme, as Luis Molina Sports gave our Members free classes in paddle surf and sailing down at Anfi Beach. As always we were blessed with fantastic weather conditions and the water was calm as our Members took to the waters.
The sporting theme continued on Tuesday as we held another successful Golf Clinic over at Anfi Tauro Golf. This is our second Golf Clinic and you can read our full post about it right here.
We received some great feedback, such as this comment from Chris, a seasoned Golfer for over 20 years from a village near Sherwood Forest back in the UK, “I’ve learnt more in these three hours than in the last 10 years”.
Chris told us that he felt it was “time well spent” and he found both pros “excellent” and said they had given him “invaluable advise”. Chris has also played golf in Arizona and he thought it was “unbelievable how much the course represented an Arizona course in the States”.
Later that day chef Manolo held a tortilla making master class over at Gran Bahia, which ended in a tasting session. You can find the full tortilla recipe by clicking on this link right here.
We spoke with Members Judy and Thomas, who had flown all the way from Tasmania to be at Anfi!
Judy told us how much she looked forward to their long holiday at Anfi, “We love coming to Anfi to simply relax, to be spoilt. We like to eat in the restaurants, in particular at Puerto Vista as we have developed a great rapport with the staff there. We also enjoy the gardens and of course the weather, it’s very cold in Tasmania right now. We don’t cook on holiday but Thomas will be trying out the tortilla recipe after today!”
Judy went on to tell us how they had been using their Anfi points, “The points are great, we have used them for a Baltic cruise, flights, car hire throughout the whole holiday and for hotel stays and we use our points to book half-board during our holiday at Anfi. Also one year Thomas went on a sea-fishing trip using our points and he landed a 60 kilo sting-ray, it was incredible!”
On Wednesday we held a make-up and hairstyling workshop over at the Anfi Wellness Centre. Our Members received tips on holiday hair care, simple poolside styles as well as holiday make-up ideas.
We spoke with long-time Member Gillian from Ireland who told us that she had “loved the day and found the classes lots of fun”.
As a Member of over ten years Gillian has seen her family “grow up at Anfi” and now her grandson is here too and playing happily in the pool at Anfi Beach Club!
“I love Anfi… We come here with confidence, knowing exactly what we are coming to each year. I love the security within the resort and I always feel comfortable to walk around alone and have a coffee alone. And the reception staff are great, nothing is too much trouble for them.”
Gillian and her family are very happy with the flexibility the point system has afforded them, this year they are “using our points to pay for half board for us and our family, who are here too.”
Things got a hit of that Latin vibe on Wednesday, as we held another ‘Tropical Day’.
Waiters Cristobal and Dayan, pictured above with Capi our Entertainment Team manager, demonstrated how to make the perfect mojito cocktail, whilst our Cuban band got everyone up on their feet for the salsa dancing class.
Anfi Member Caroline Young, pictured above with her partner, was keen to join in with the salsa class having danced salsa in the UK, “It’s been a while since I last danced salsa, and I’m looking forward to catching up, we are really enjoying the extra activities this week, it’s great fun!”
Caroline continued to tell us how much she looks forward to her Anfi holiday, “I love Anfi, it feels like coming home and next week we are moving to a penthouse, we love the view from up there, it’s beautiful.
Caroline is a big fan of the point system at Anfi, having used her points to travel to Bali and Egypt! “Sarah Bibby in the Anfi Vacation Club has helped me with my points again this year, she’s a lovely girl, just marvellous!”
Also loving the atmosphere of Tropical day were new Members Berian and Amy from Bedlinog in Wales, pictured below, who were enjoying their second year at Anfi.
Berian told us, “Anfi has got everything we want – it’s just fabulous! The staff, the entertainment, the standard is brilliant and the resort is really beautiful it’s just a pleasure to come here. This year we booked our week during Spring Fest, so we have had an extra week at Anfi free and we have done the same ready for next year, its great!”
Also joining in with the Salsa dance class were Ros and Graham from Bedford, pictured below with fellow anfi Member and friend Susan, “the extra entertainment this week is brilliant! We are keen shuffleboard players, but we thought we’d come and join in with the Salsa class today.
“We love coming to Anfi to us it’s like coming home and we look forward to meeting up with other Members’ who have become friends over the years, we organise our holiday dates using facebook and email, so that we are all here at the same time.”
The week’s activities culminated with mountain biking and trekking over at Anfi Tauro, as a small group of Members enjoyed the instruction and humour of Leo, from our Entertainments team, pictured below.
The group began with an hour bike ride and ended with a two-hour hike through the Tauro valley.
Whilst over at Club Puerto Anfi there was an arts workshop, which saw our Members, both young and young at heart, silk painting beautiful handkerchiefs .
Member’s Week was held this year in conjunction with Spring Fest, which enabled many Members to enjoy an additional week at Anfi via our 2 for 1 offer.
For full information and details on how to book your holiday during next year’s Spring Fest period simply head over to the Member’s Page over on the Anfi website.
Finally we would like to say a big thank you to all of the Members who participated in the week’s activities – we do hope you enjoyed as much as we did!
We are currently celebrating Members’ Week at Anfi, which means we have lots of extra activities taking place for our Members’ enjoyment.
This week our talented chef at the Gran Bahia restaurant in Club Gran Anfi demonstrated how to make the perfect Spanish tortilla or Tortilla española and below you can find the full recipe.
The first recorded mention of a tortilla española is way back in 1817, and since then it has become one of the most popular dishes in the Spanish cuisine.
The most basic version is made with potatoes and onion although there are many variations. Popular additions are finely chopped and fried red or green peppers, small cubes of bacon, chopped courgette, peas and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.
You can eat tortilla in almost every tapas bar throughout Gran Canaria and most commonly it is served in a large wedge with alioli, a garlic mayonnaise and bread on the side. The Spanish also like to eat thick slices of warmed tortilla squashed into a crusty roll, which has been smeared with alioli, for breakfast or as a snack. A good bocadillo de tortilla, made with fresh tortilla and country-style bread is a taste revelation!
The secret to making a great tortilla is the onions.
They need to be fried gently for at least 25 minutes or until they are very soft and caramelised, skip this step and you’ll end up with a mediocre tortilla.
Firstly, gently fry the onions with a teaspoon of salt in the frying pan until they are completely caramelised. This can take between 25 to 40 minutes according to the thickness of the onion.
Once cooked set aside, draining off the oniony oil for later.
In the meantime, in a large pan or deep fat fryer gently fry the sliced potatoes until cooked through and lightly golden. Once cooked set aside to drain, reserving the oil for future use.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, season with salt and black pepper, then tip in the caramelised onions and the drained cooked potatoes, mix gently with the spatula.
Heat a few tablespoons of the onion infused oil in the 20cm frying pan till hot but not quite smoking.
Now quickly pour the mixture into the hot pan, gently shaking the pan to distribute the mixture evenly. Now lower the heat slightly and cook the tortilla for about 5 minutes.
The top of the tortilla will at this stage still be very runny, but now is the time to turn or invert the tortilla. It might look impossible, but working quickly and with confidence it can be done.
Take a large plate and place it over the tortilla, now quickly invert or turn the uncooked tortilla onto the plate and then slide it straight back into the pan uncooked side down.
It might look a bit messy at this stage, so quickly use the spatula to shape and tuck in the sides of the uncooked tortilla mixture. This helps to give the tortilla its distinctive shape.
Do not worry if your tortilla looks a bit miss-shaped around the sides at this point, it will come together shortly.
Leave the tortilla to cook for another 5 mins and then invert again using the plate and again use the spatula to shape the sides.
You can turn the tortilla a few more times throughout the cooking process using the plate.
The tortilla is cooked once it is firm to the touch, although some movement is good, as it will continue to set once removed from the heat.
Leave to cool and eat at room temperature with a dollop of alioli, crusty bread and a chilled glass of Spanish white wine!
The “La Posada Cantina Bar” restaurant is situated on Anfi Boulevard – an ideal location right next to all the fun on Anfi beach.
This colourfully decorated Tex-Mex eatery has been serving Anfi Members and guests for the last seven years and the staff prides itself on offering a friendly professional service.
Maître di of this open- air eatery, Antonio Garcia, who is originally from Seville, talked us through the mouth-watering selection of dishes they have on offer.
“We start off the day by serving British Breakfasts and then we offer all the classic Tex-Mex dishes such as nachos, burritos and fajitas, which are one of our most popular dishes. As are our barbeque grilled burgers and our combos which include stuffed jalapeño peppers, cheese sticks, onion rings and chicken wings served with Tex Mex, barbeque and ranchero sauce”.
Don’t be put off if you’re not so keen on spicy food!
At La Posada – they’re used to adapting the “picante” of the dishes to suit the palates of their international clientele, so your waiter will always ask your preference.
And what better way to wash down the delicious food than with a delicious Mojito, a choice of Lemon or Strawberry Margaritas, an ever-popular jug of sangria or a refreshing Mexican beer.
Thanks to excellent quality food and strong team, La Posada is so popular that a huge number of Anfi Members visit the restaurant during each return visit, with some families even eating all three daily meals there!
As Maître, Antonio told us, “The most important thing for us is that after the clients come the first time – then they come back. Again, again and again.”
La Posada is open every day from 9h till 13h, call in and book a table during your next Anfi holiday – you won’t be disappointed!
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There’s going to be big celebrations taking place throughout Mogán this Thursday 13th of June, as the fiesta of San Antonio de Padua or San Antonio del chico as it is known locally, comes to town.
A romeria or parade will wind its way through the pretty streets of Mogán during the afternoon, where you can expect to see the local villagers dressed in traditional costumes, folk bands and children performing traditional dance.
The festivities continue well into the night with live music and dancing, culminating in a firework display.
If you are holidaying in Gran Canaria during the fiesta of San Antonio you really must take the oppourtunity to check out Mogán during this fiesta – the atmosphere is electric and the spirit of the local people unforgetable!
For information on bus timetables or car hire visit the Viajes AVC office situated adjacent to Club Monte Anfi.
Or alternatively contact them via Tel: (+34) 928 062 444 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org