We put our family’s height down to big meals and steam desserts little knowing the Spanish secret of Mum’s bread and butter puds.
She was doubtless putting sherry into it… with the rest going into her!
Mum has got lazy in her mid-90s and the best I get now on my visits are digestives or Irish bran cake.
Easter has always been a very personal time for us when the two of us would go back to her homestead in Co. Donegal.
Apart from the one year when we flew to Ibiza, little knowing it was a recce to lure my Dad over for our summer holidays.
A Spanish Easter
Back to Espana, as so many of us are and this most traditional of Catholic countries really does do Easter.
From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, spectacular Semana Santa parades – including the Cristo de Medinaceli procession on Good Friday – draw huge crowds.
To the exuberantly decorated streets of Madrid.
Another Semana Santa tradition, torrijas are a dish born of frugality.
Pass the Sherry
Much like bread and butter pudding or pain perdu, but with an added spike of sherry.
Guests can benefit from 20% off their accommodation.
And those booking an Easter break of two or more nights at The Pavilions Madrid from 8-24 April will enjoy complimentary torrijas awaiting them in their room.
Prices start from €153 (approx. £129) per room per night including breakfast.
Mum’s the word
Yes while calling something bread and butter has come to mean ordinary, in expert hands it is anything but.
And to think that I have a lifelong gagging reflex to bread and butter but in a raisiny dessert with custard.
And yes, the sherry that makes Mum’s bread and butter puds.