Before I went to Morocco, I met with Julie in Granada, Spain, where she is studying at what she affectionately calls “Princess School”. I was unbelievably lucky to get invited to not one, but two, Spanish lunches with her host mom, Amparro. Getting invited into someones home for lunch in Spain is a really big deal, so I felt especially important to be invited to two.
For the first lunch, Amparro made a salad and a Spanish tortilla, which is made with queso, potato, and egg. It was really delicious, but the highlight for me was drinking tea at the mesa camilla with Amparro and Julie. A mesa camilla is a table that has a space heater under it and has blankets underneath the tablecloth. It is pure magic, and I have to find out how to get one once I actually live in one place, since I’m pretty sure they are a huge fire hazard it might be kind of difficult.
For the second lunch, Amparro invited her family over because her son was in town visiting, so it was a special occaison. Walking into the house after a day spent walking around, we were greeted with the magical scent of seafood paella.
The paella was just wonderful, I wish I had asked for the recipe. It contained fish, shrimp, mussels, tomatoes, and artichokes. I went back for seconds even though I was so stuffed because it was soooo delicious.
Meeting Amparro was such a great experience. She was so welcoming and kind having just met me, and filled my belly with so much delicious food. She was patient as I struggled through my Spanish, and though I was mostly quiet, we still had two great afternoons. Julie is such a lucky girl!