Andrew Valente
Andrew Valente

Andrew Valente has been a journalist since he left school at 18 in Glasgow where he was on the Scottish edition of the old Daily Herald. He came to Mallorca to work as a freelance correspondent for the London dailies and Sundays, using that as a stepping stone to a job in Fleet Street. But he got involved in the Bulletin and stayed on…and on…and on…and now Fleet Street doesn’t exist. He still reads the London dailies and Sundays.

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We're well into the soup season

Andrew Valente tells us the rules for making an authentic Mallorcan-style ‘sofritos’ to add to your soups and stews.

Andrew Valente 14/02/2023 10:44

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For the best dishes get the right tomatoes

Five things happen when tomatoes are sold on the vine: they look better, are tastier, are firmer, have a longer shelf life and are slightly dearer.

Andrew Valente 08/02/2023 15:45

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The making of a Christmas cake

Mary Berry has written more than 80 cookbooks and is still extremely active, publishes books and appears on TV at the age of 87.

Andrew Valente 23/12/2022 16:05

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When in doubt order a pasta in Palma

It’s amazing how simple changes here and there can convert a ubiquitous recipe into something we’ve never seen before.

Andrew Valente 22/10/2022 16:17

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Gone fishin’ for a €35 delish meal in Palma

Some restaurants actually encourage their customers to ask for half dishes by printing the prices on the menu.

Andrew Valente 18/10/2022 19:04

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Seedy autumn fruit makes early return

The pomegranate has a cherished place on the Mallorcan culinary calendar, and islanders are very fond of them.

Andrew Valente 09/10/2022 19:59

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Good food at very old bar in Palma

The cooking is done by Lupe Reyes, who has been at the Bar Martí for the past 26 years.

Andrew Valente 09/10/2022 19:29

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Claudia’s potato salad is the best

If you gave 20 people the same mayonnaise, potatoes from the same crop and the same flavourings, you would get 20 quite different potato salads.

Andrew Valente 01/10/2022 15:31

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Authentic Lebanese cooking in Santa Catalina

Eating à la carte can be quite expensive at Rotana so I suggest you do as I did and have one of their four tasting menus which have names and different prices.

Andrew Valente 01/10/2022 13:15

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This time chips were worth a 10

Last week I went back to Palma Blanc to try their €20 menú del día, served from Monday to Friday with the dishes changing every day.

Andrew Valente 26/09/2022 12:36

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Old wineshop is a great survivor

Tapas bars don’t come much smaller or noisier than Bodega Morey but there are compensations — such as the quick turnover of tables and Malika’s excellent cooking.

Andrew Valente 12/09/2022 10:56

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Three Spanish cold drinks for hot days

In Mallorca, where almonds are plentiful, you will come across bars that have horchata de almendras (almond horchata).

Andrew Valente 29/08/2022 12:22

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When the simplest dishes are the best

Expect well cooked Mallorcan and Spanish dishes and if you’re on a budget go for the tapas.

Andrew Valente 29/08/2022 12:01

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Hotdog ensaimada bun was a huge hit

I enjoyed eating in the interior patio with its lush greenery and got a great kick out of seeing a sparrow and a blackbird land for a quick hop around.

Andrew Valente 21/08/2022 18:17

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Sensual peaches have long season

The peach is the most widely cultivated fruit after the apple and there are more than 2,000 varieties worldwide.

Andrew Valente 19/08/2022 12:21

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Still Palma's best ever menú del día

I don’t know of any restaurant doing a menú del día with so many up-market choices.

Andrew Valente 12/08/2022 12:47

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Cold roasts are a hot weather treat

It’s convenient to have an interesting assortment of cold sauces in your culinary bag of tricks because some of them are multi-functional and can double as salad dressings, dips or spreads.

Andrew Valente 12/08/2022 12:32

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Cool down with cucumber soup

Cucumbers and yoghurt are especially refreshing when combined, but the effect is compounded with the addition of lemon and mint, as is shown in this soup.

Andrew Valente 08/08/2022 12:51

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Thai food is a great bargain in Mallorca

Palma Thai Kitchen has a fixed price menu at €14.50 that includes a spring rolls starter, a curry or noodles mains plus a drink that can be a caña or a cola.

Andrew Valente 08/08/2022 11:01

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The best ravioli I have ever had

The best thing about these ravioli was that Michele had cooked them softish.

Andrew Valente 01/08/2022 12:54