Hi Miguel thanks for taking the time to meet with us today to talk about your cooking school Golimbreo and the Rustic Cooking Experiences that we will be taking part in on some of the We Love Lucid, alcohol-free trips. I’d like to start by talking a little bit about the food culture here in Ronda I know that in Spain in general food plays a large part of the culture. But, nowadays, especially in the cities people don’t have as much time to eat together because of the more chaotic lifestyle However, I have noticed that here in Ronda food is still very much an important part of the Spanish culture Yes, and in fact the community here tries to promote this food culture. Here in the school we have tried to keep some of the really old recipes using natural ingredients and we try to make people aware of the rich cultural heritage in the Ronda region. The big issue nowadays is the low quality food available to the public and a stressful lifestyle. These days people are very interested end knowing where their food came from on the journey it took from farm to plate Yes many people who cook at home want to find out the origin of their food and whether it’s organic or not All of these things are very important because we’re playing with our health. We eat at least three times a day so food can really damage your health or it can improve it if we eat well. Eating a balanced diet has many health benefits however unfortunately we’re seeing less and less ingredients that are 100% organic. This is why we plant our own seeds and grow our own ingredients which we cook with 70% of the time. What I’ve also noticed is that the locals here in Ronda go to the greengrocer’s every couple of days and this is also a large part of the culture Everyone knows each other and they go there to socialize. Even as a newcomer to Ronda I’ve gotten to know the people very quickly by going to the greengrocer’s Yes the greengrocer’s are almost like are therapists here. They ask you how you’re doing they tell you about the best products to buy In fact they really encourage this community spirit which is so important these days because it’s not only about eating, it’s also about feeling contentment when you eat and eating surrounded by people These kind of things have a big impact on our lives and are just as important as say, living in a good climate Also it’s great when you can go there and they can recommend good quality products that are in season. Yes it’s true that you actually feel better when you go there and experience this community spirit Now I’d like to talk about food tourism here in Ronda. it’s clear that this kind of thing is becoming more and more popular. People want to come and find out about local food and how it was made. Can you tell us a little bit about this? Yes it’s true that food tourism is becoming really popular here in Ronda We have a number of excellent restaurants and by that I don’t mean really expensive. I mean that they use high quality organic ingredients whether it’s meat fish or vegetables. Yes, what is so special about the food here in Ronda? Can you give us an example of some of the products that the region is known for? Yes the great thing about this region is that many different cultures have influenced the cuisine over the years. For example North African influence and Roman influence have both played a big part in the cuisine of this region. Because of this we have many different types of food here in Ronda. Another thing worth mentioning is that historically the Mediterranean diet has consisted mainly of vegetables. Meat and fish were eaten very seldomly. Yes, well definitely in the UK at least, many people are talking a lot about the Mediterranean diet these days and the health benefits that it has. Can you tell us about one of the special products from around Ronda for example the Payoya goat’s cheese which I have heard a lot about? Yes, In fact goats cheese milk is most similar to human milk and is the best milk for the development of a child. The cheese that it makes is exceptional. The Payoya goat is adapted to our climate and roams freely in the countryside. It’s a it’s an extremely robust species of goat because it lives in the mountains. Its body is stronger and healthier and therefore produces a much higher quality of milk. Unfortunately the Payoya goat Is becoming endangered so we’re trying to save this species of goat also because it is part of the local flora and fauna and helps sustain the local ecosystem. Is the goat indigenous to the Ronda region? Yes it is indigenous to the mountainous region surrounding Ronda and Cádiz. We’ve actually got a goat’s cheese-making activity on one of our We Love Lucid trips. We’ll go to a local Village called Villaluenga where it’s very famous for the production of this type of cheese using traditional methods. During this activity we’ll visit the goat’s cheese museum and also make the cheese ourselves with traditional tools. Yes that’s right and actually there’s cheese-making festival in that town which has become known internationally. There’s a very interesting cheese making culture there. I also wanted to talk to you about something that is very relevant today and that is veganism and vegetarianism in Spain and Ronda. I know that in big cities in Spain there are a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians but can you tell us a little bit about the situation here in Ronda? Well, vegetarian food has always been a big part of the Mediterranean diet here in the Ronda region. We have quite a few dishes for example the vegetable alboronía which is absolutely delicious and is completely vegan. Tell us, what is the vegetable alboronía made from? The vegetable alboronía Is a type of stew with lots of vegetables, some spices and chickpeas. After cooking slowly you mash it a little and add a glug of olive oil and vinegar almost as if it were hummus. It’s really delicious. It’s usually made in the summer time although you can make it all year round depending on the availability of the seasonal ingredients. In fact, it’s one of the dishes that we’re going to make here as part of the Rustic Cooking Experience on the We Love Lucid Trips. Can you tell us a little bit about The Rustic Cooking Experience here in the school? What will it involve? Yes of course. We’ll start by giving a brief on what we’ll do that day. There’s also the option of going out to get the ingredients for the dishes. When we get back to the school we start to cook. While we’re cooking we’ll taste a few of the dishes and at the end we’ll all sit down together and enjoy the dishes that we each made like a big family. Yes I really like this part of the cooking experience. Thank you that was very interesting and to finish and to finish can you tell us about Golimbreo’s plans for the future? We hope to continue with our food culture and philosophy because at the end of the day good quality, organic, plant-based diet Is really important for our health and without health there’s no life. We’ll continue offering classes to many groups of people including children, families and anyone else who wants to come along. It’s great, you’re making good healthy cuisine accessible to everyone. Yes that’s right we also have groups with various disabilities that come and learn here. There’s no limit actually. If you want, you can come along, no matter who you are or where you’re from. Thanks Miguel that was very insightful.