Lanzarote Recipe - How To Cook An Octopus

Octopus, or pulpo as its known locally, is a key ingredient of many dishes and is delicious hot or cold.

They are readily available on the island from fishmongers and also frozen from supermarkets.

Preparation

Octopus

Slice off the octopus’ head, so that you end up with what looks like an eight legged starfish – all the taste is in those legs.

Next, you’ll need to remove the beak – you’ll find this in the dead centre – simply run a very sharp knife around it and push the beak through until it pops out.

Cooking

Octopus pot

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add salt, a couple of bay leaves an onion cut in half and a wine cork. The cork is supposed to prevent the octopus from getting tough. I’ve never cooked one without a cork, and I’ve never had a tough one! I’ve no idea what kind of voodoo is at play here, but just do it!

Dunk the octopus into the boiling water three times, counting 20 between each dunk. This will curl the legs and seal the outside.

Once the water is back up to the boil drop the whole octopus in and reduce the heat until you have a simmer. Poach for between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on how large the octopus is.  read more »

Arrecife Coastal Regulations

Arrecife Ayuntamiento are drafting new rules to regulate and clean up the coastline of Lanzarote’s capital.

Charco de San Gines

Around half of the boats situated at the Charco de San Ginés are believed to be illegal or abandoned. The council intends to remove any boats not identified or found without proper documentation. The regulations will prohibit boats to be beached in the future and limit those greater than 2.5 metres in length to anchor within designated areas of the charco.  read more »

Lanzarote Coffee Culture

I was in the UK week before last and I visited a Costa Coffee shop.

While we were queuing for our drinks, the colleague I was with asked me if we had Costa Coffee or Starbucks in Lanzarote.

Cortados

“No, neither.” I replied. 

“I bet you really miss the coffee culture in that case.” Said he.

“You may have the coffee, but we have the culture.” was my response.

Here in Lanzarote, coffee isn’t so much about the drink as the experience. You will never see people walking down the street drinking coffee from a cardboard cup. The cupholders in cars are never used for their design purpose – they’re useful for storing mobile phones and  read more »

Student Tourism Videos

Leisure and Tourism students in Year 10 (aged 14 to 15) from Colegio Hispano Britanico have been creating their own promotional videos of Lanzarote aimed at tourists. They gathered all of their own images and video clips from around the island and produced the final films using either Windows Movie Maker or Adobe After Effects.

Jose Jack Elena, Emilie & Joshua

Jose, Jack, Elena, Emilie, and Joshua produced a video to promote Playa Blanca. They had “fun recording but it was a challenge to edit the film.”

 

Alberto Ricardo Christopher & Diego

Alberto, Ricardo, Christopher, and Diego produced a video to promote Puerto del Carmen. They commented  read more »

English Cinema in Lanzarote 27th April 2015

There aren’t any new movies in English next week and the repeats will only be shown on Monday the 27th:

VO 27 ABRIL

Remains unchanged at 19:35 at Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: Insurgent. the second instalment of the cinematographic adaptation of the Veronica Roth Divergent trilogy. Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.

And at the slightly later time of 20:20 at Multicines Deiland in Playa Honda:  read more »

Lanzarote Beaches: Caleta del Mero

Escape the tourist resorts of Lanzarote and you can discover some stunning beaches.

Caleta del Mero from the roadCaleta del Mero white sand bay

The white sand beach of Caleta del Mero is visible from the coastal road from Arrieta to Órzola, just past the wide sweeping bend you catch a glimpse of this beautiful beach at the top of the rise and conveniently there is a car park on the left. Access is via a rocky path directly opposite the car park entrance, or through the sandy dunes from the  read more »

Six Reasons To Book A Hire Car For Your Next Lanzarote Visit

We’d thought we’d put together a list of reasons to hire a car for your next visit to Lanzarote – aimed at those of you who may not have considered it in the past. Driving in Lanzarote is pretty easy – we don’t have much traffic, the roads are smooth and well sign posted and we can pretty much guarantee you won’t have to cope with rain, fog or snow!

But it’s also worth noting:

It’s often less expensive than paying for airport transfers

Fiat Panda

Return taxi transfers to Playa Blanca will cost €90  read more »

UD Villa Santa Brigida 0 UD Lanzarote 0

Both teams very much wanted the win in Gran Canaria. Lanzarote to keep the pressure on the league leaders and Santa Brígida to keep alive their hopes of a playoff finish.

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Lanzarote dominated most of the first half with winger Toñito striking the woodwork in the early stages and striker Rosmen failing to hit the target when he found himself unmarked inside the area.

The opening stages of the second period were controlled by the home side with striker Futre and defender Alex both forcing the Lanzarote keeper Agoney to make good saves.

As the game hung in the balance both sides had good chances to win this match with Futre again testing the Lanzarote keeper and Rojillos midfielder Marcos Cabrera coming close with a free kick.

The game ended in a draw as it did in Lanzarote earlier in the season though back then the two teams shared eight goals in a monumental match.

Lanzarote are in third position but are just goal difference away from  read more »

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