Living

Vegetarian Seitan in Red Wine

The El Gecko Veggie Diner, just off Playa Honda’s lively seafront, is a gem that is worth discovering whether you eat meat or not. To give you an idea of what’s on the menu, chef Jesus offers this recipe:

Octopus & Potato Salad

A hugely satisfying Italian recipe that's perfect for a scorching Summer day. The only important thing is that the ingredients are of the highest quality.

Roast cauliflower salad

Karen Marsend-Smith has sent us this recipe, which she describes as “a perfect salad using easily accessible vegetables grown on the island”. We immediately ran home to try it out, and agree. It’s pretty special. It’s a vegetarian side dish for 4-6 and will take you 15 minutes to prepare and another 25 to cook.

Garbanzada

Garbanzada is a Canarian classic – a hearty chickpea stew that is perfect for the colder months of the year. It's so hearty and filling that it's often served as a tapa or a starter.

Your Lanzarote Coffee Guide

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Coffee is big-business, and coffee chains such as Starbucks have taken over the world – all apart from Spain, where local bars are still far more popular than the big multinationals. Here’s how to buy and order coffee on Lanzarote.

Spanish omelette

This Spanish omelette is an all-time classic – Penélope Cruz was recently seen making one in the Oscar-nominated film Parallel Mothers. You can buy a slice of tortilla in most bars and take away food shops but making your own takes it to the next level.

Zonzamas mystery

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Humans have been building and designing on Lanzarote for centuries, and one of the leastvisited areas of Lanzarote is home to its richest archeological heritage – where the original natives of the island settled and created mysterious stone carvings.

A fortress of culture

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The Castillo de San José perches on a rocky outcrop overlooking Lanzarote's busy commercial port. Once the most important military building on the island, it is now home to the MIAC (International Museum of Contemporary Art), one of the island's seven centres of art, culture and tourism created by César Manrique. Last month, the museum's director, María José Alcántara, took time to show us around Lanzarote's most important collection of modern art.

Rancho Canario

This is a hearty Canarian stew well known to any islander. The main ingredients are pork ribs and chickpeas, with a hefty double whammy of carbs for energy. The main attraction of this local classic is the rich golden colour provided by the spices.

The Canarian Palm

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When you see the Latin word canariensis in the name of a plant or animal species, it indicates that it comes from the Canary Islands. In the next issues of Gazette Life, we’ll be looking more closely at some of these native species with the help of Francisco Bermejo, who is so committed to local plants that he named his garden landscaping business Canariensis.