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This blog contains a selection of recipes from all over, in particular from Andalucía, Asia, England, Germany and the Mediterranean. Contributors include Rita Drechsler, Jovan Le Knorz, Madita Schröder, and Paul Whitelock, who are all members of the same extended Anglo-German family. Rita and Paul live in the Serranía de Ronda in Andalucía. Madita and Jovan live in Baden-Wuerttemberg, near Heilbronn, Germany.

Paul’s Papas a lo pobre –Serranía style
Thursday, December 1, 2022 @ 6:54 AM

The other evening Paul Whitelock was wondering what to cook for dinner when he remembered a dish he discovered over 20 years ago when he first read “Driving Over Lemons” by Chris Stewart. Paul adapted the basic recipe described in the book and used to prepare it quite frequently back then. Paul had no recipe written down; it was still in his head. For Eye on Spain, he has adapted it once again. Here is what he did…


Paul’s Papas a lo pobre –Serranía style


Ingredients (for two)

3 medium-sized potatoes, cut into pieces

1 boniato (sweet potato), cut into pieces

1 medium-sized onion, chopped roughly

1 leek (optional), chopped into rings

4 cloves of garlic, chopped roughly

½ red pepper (optional), chopped roughly

½ yellow pepper (optional), chopped roughly

½ green pepper (optional), chopped roughly


Black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil



Fry the onions, leeks and garlic lightly until soft

Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until potatoes are soft

Stir frequently to prevent sticking

Serve in a bowl with a chunk of rustic bread and a glass or two of bog standard red wine, eg Valdepeñas, or a bottle of cerveza tostada Mahou, Alhambra roja or cerveza negra (eg Guinness or Schwarzbier from LIDL).

¡Buen provecho!


© Paul Whitelock


Tags: Alhambra roja, cerveza, cerveza negra, cerveza roja, cerveza tostada, Chris Stewart, Driving Over Lemons, Eye on Spain, garlic, Guinness,  leek, LIDL, Mahou, olive oil, onion, papas a lo pobre, Paul Whitelock, pepper, potato, recipe, red wine, Schwarzbier, sweet potato, Valdepeñas


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