A menu to enjoy the 5,000 years of Monteagudo . history


The 1st gastronomy conference ‘El yantar de los tiempo’ proposes for this Friday a dinner among orchards and fortresses, prepared by Natividad Aznar and inspired by Iberian, Roman and Andalusian cuisine

Argarics, Hispanics, Romans, Andalusians and Christians have inhabited the promontory of Monteagudo (Murcia) for almost 5000 years. Cities that have left an undeniable material and cultural legacy in the Murcian district. To commemorate this heritage, the first conference on gastronomy and history ‘El yantar de los tiempo’ was created. A program designed by the Municipality of Monteagudo, with David Campoy at the helm, with various activities that started on May 13 and will last until Sunday May 22, and designed so that the participants know the essence of the Mediterranean diet.

One of the most special events of these days is the dinner with history ‘El Yantar de los tiempo’ that will be held next Friday, May 20. It will be a tour of the cultures that inhabited Monteagudo, accompanied by the gastronomy of each era and which left its mark on the traditional Murcian cuisine.

Based on thorough documentation, this gastronomic itinerary will reproduce distinctive dishes of each culture, forming a menu that draws a line from today to the ancestral cultures of this historic site. Each elaboration will transfer the experience to a specific time, and through the tasting will be tasted the roots that nourish the current Mediterranean cuisine.

The menu is composed by Natividad Aznar, a gastronome from Calaspar, who has studied the history of food in the Mediterranean and is a chef with extensive experience in the sector, currently in the restaurant of the Federation of Peñas Huertanas in La Fica . Diners can try an Iberian moretum, a Roman garum and an Andalusian onion cream as treats. To start with, Aznar has come up with four dishes that alternate between Roman and Andalusian cuisine: Alexandrian pumpkin, lamb delicacies, ‘aliter cardvos’ and aubergine pâté with rose petal jam.

Among the main courses are two Iberian delicacies: salad of herbs and wild flowers and mackerel roasted in fig leaves. The third of the starters is of Roman tradition: Numidian turtledove. The menu ends with a crispy paparajote with orange blossom ice cream. All this is accompanied by mead, soda, beer, wine or water.

In addition, for this immersive experience, special care has been taken with the subtle decoration and music, which will create an ideal space to accompany dinner in this overview of history through the palate. The setting, in the open air, between the orchard and the medieval fortresses, is another attraction of this journey into the past. The price of the menu is 42 euros per person. Reservations can be made via the website ‘monteagudo.info’. More info via ‘[email protected]’ or by calling 868 88 83 25 (from 9 am to 2 pm).

As a common thread throughout the conference, a tapas route with history has also been created, where the different bars of Monteagudo prepare a tapa designed according to the instructions of Natividad Aznar, curator of the conference, whose origin is a recipe from a past time. These small tastings can be tasted until Sunday 22 May for 3 euros (tapa and drink). The venues participating in the promotion are Bar Albertos, Mesón Lax, Cervecería Campoy, Gastrobar Puerto Rico, Monteagudo Senior Center, La Cueva Senior Center, Cari Bar and Monteagudo Restaurant.

The program continues on Saturday with the presentation, at 5.30 pm, in the town hall of Monteagudo, of the Andalusian cookbook written by Pachi Larrosa and Ismael Galiana ‘Ibn Razīn al-Tugibi, the first Murcian gastronome’. A conversation with the authors is proposed on this story of recipes, illustrations, photos and historical texts about the Andalusian gastronomy of the Murcia region, in which ten of the best chefs in the Murcia region evoke ancient, signature recipes.

After the presentation, there will be a walking route through the most relevant heritage elements of the Monteagudo Archaeological Park and its irrigation and crop systems, according to the explanations of Juan Antonio Buendía, researcher and author of the educational route ‘La Murcia del Rey Lobo’ , in addition to the contributions from the authors of the book.

The conference will conclude this Sunday with the walking trail ‘La Senda del Agua’, which runs along the garden paths Monteagudo and La Cueva. All activities can be booked on the website ‘monteagudo.info’.

Source: La Verdad


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