The Cuisine of Gibraltar

I recently returned from a research trip to Gibraltar and London, and I thought I’d share a bit of Gibraltarian culture with you!  I won’t share recipes until I’ve made them myself, but here’s a link to a list of typical Gibraltarian recipes… enjoy exploring a unique culture’s cuisine!  Just click on the photo below to jump to the link.

Gibraltar - Botanical Garden, Town & Morrocco

Gibraltar from our hotel window: The Botanical Gardens, the city beyond, and Morocco’s Jebel Musa (the other “Pillar of Hercules”, along with the Rock of Gibraltar) across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Coke & Cashew Chicken

Here’s a dish I served up last week, and it’s an unusual combination but delicious!  The coke tenderizes the meat while the soy sauce, garlic & ginger counter the sweetness of the soft drink.  This is a simple dish that you can toss together the night before to let it marinade, or can toss together a couple hours before you are ready to cook.  As you can tell by the image, I also added a can of bamboo shoots.

Coke & Cashew Chicken Watermarked

Coke & Cashew Chicken

450 gr. chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 C. soy sauce
½-1 C. Coca-Cola
½ C. dried cranberries
1 onion, finely diced
1 Tbs. fresh ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper, & chili powder to taste
1-2 tsp. coconut oil
1 C. Cashew nuts, tossed in toward the end of cooking

Combine all marinade ingredients & marinate chicken overnight (or several hours). In a deep pan, simmer the mixture, marinade and all, until the sauce has reduced, then turn up the heat and let the chicken brown-glaze in the sauce.

Serve with either fried rice, or Jasmine rice.

Serves 4-6