Stuffed Aubergine

Jim isn´t a lover of aubergine, so we don´t have it very often but once in a while I fancy it so try to dress it up a little to make it more appetising for him.

This is a simple recipe but very tasty. It can be cooked in such a way it looks like lasagna or moussaka (sliced and layered) with the addition of a cheese sauce on top, but I just slice in half stuff and bake.

INGREDIENTS

1 Aubergine cut in half legthways
2 spring onion, finely chopped
2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon tomato puree
¼ tsp dried oregano
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Sprinkle of cheese (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Slice the aubergine in half lengthways, and scoop out the flesh, leaving enough behind to make a ‘shell’, then chop the flesh.

In the oil fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the aubergine flesh, tomato puree and pine nuts. Cook for another couple of minutes. Then stir in the oregano salt and pepper.

Pile the mixture into the aubergine shells and pack down gently with the back of a spoon. Finish with the cheese and a grating of nutmeg if you wish.

Put on a baking sheet and put in the oven.  Cook for a further 15 – 20 minutes or until the top of the stuffing is lightly browned.

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A different Tenerife

A comment was made on TripAdvisor, that someone staying in Puerto de la Cruz didn´t want to do the usual resort things so asked for suggestions on ‘something different’.

I agreed with the replies that Puerto de la Cruz is an ideal base if you want to find different and beautiful corners of the north, and naturally the obvious towns of La Orotava and Garachico, were suggested but what about Punta del Hidalgo. I personally think that is worth a visit.

Punta del Hidalgo is a small coastal town close to Tegueste and is the gateway to the misty and mysterious peaks of the Anaga. It dates back to the Guanche period and is also known as an area that was one of the most hostile to the Europeans, when the island was conquered at the end of the fifteenth century.

One of the most characteristic places in Punta del Hidalgo is the shining white lighthouse that looks like the set from some futuristic film. It is located in a special place where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and a pleasant walk along the north coast, to the neighbouring town of Bajamar.

Also worth a visit is Rincón de los dos Hermanos (corner of the two brothers), a characteristic rock formation, around which are some natural pools where you can bathe.


The north of Tenerife is full of hiking trails, and Punta del Hidalgo is no exception. For more information about the best trails check out Tenerife Rambler, he gets a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and I can confirm Gary is a really nice guy as he lives in my village.

The ideal way to get to Punta del Hidalgo is by car but if you don’t wish to rent, there is public transport that can get you there. If you are staying in Puerto de la Cruz, you will first need to take a bus to La Laguna or Santa Cruz where you can then change to the 050, 105, or the 224.

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Culture, Traditions, Pilgrimages in November & December

A holiday in Tenerife gives you the opportunity to learn all about its people and make each day special. Its bustling, lively traditions, festivals and pilgrimages are a link to the Island’s past and are sure to make you feel welcome.

Chestnut Month

November is the chosen month by the towns of La Victoria and La Matanza to celebrate chestnuts, which can be savoured on the Island in many different ways. Activities, at this time of year, include workshops and tasting and presentations are held to show the goodness and versatility of the product.

Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña

The festivities in honour of San Andrés in Puerto de la Cruz have gained popularity thanks to their originality, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Better known as the Clutter and Chestnut Festival, the event takes place on 29 November and is easily recognisable thanks to the deafening sound of clattering cans, tins and other objects. The locals tie their clutter to pieces of wire and drag them along the ground on a journey that traces the city’s streets and ends at the Plaza del Charco. Awaiting them in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz is a huge array of roast chestnuts. But you won’t just find chestnuts, other local products such as gofio bread, sweet potatoes and the Island’s delicious wines are also on the menu.

Short Film Festival

For lovers of film, this is a must. Every year, in early November, the town of La Orotava hosts this event in which current film professionals are involved. More information: HERE

San Andrés Festivals

This traditional ceremony takes place on the evening of 29th November. Young and not-so-young adrenaline-seekers clamber onto wooden boards and slide down the steep street of Calle del Plano in Icod de los Vinos. Adding to the whooshing and crashing of the boards is the sweet smell of young wine. Under the moonlight, grape harvesters pop open their wines from the latest vintage in a ritual that also takes place in many other towns and villages.

International Agatha Christie Festival

The legendary English writer is the protagonist of this interesting festival because she chose Puerto de la Cruz when she needed peace and rest. During the festival exhibitions, lectures and films based on the writers work are shown in Castilian, English and German It is held every two years in November.

International Gastronomic Film Festival (CineEsCena)

Held in La Laguna the festival has among its objectives, discovering culinary experiences of different cultures and bring them to the public through audio-visual media, films, documentaries, commercials. More information: HERE

International Storytelling Festival

The town of Los Silos has become an international reference appointment for lovers of stories since the festival began in 1996 and has been held every year in December, making it  the city of dreams and fairytales.

Baile del Niño

The dance takes place on Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass in the towns of La Matanza and Taganana. Groups of youths dressed as shepherds or wearing a white blouse with black trousers and a red sash set out on a dancing procession in front of the new-born baby inside the church. The procession moves to the sound of drums, flutes, tambourines, castanets and hand-drums to the beat of tajaraste music.

 

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Things to do in Tenerife in November 2017

What to Expect

If October is anything to go by November, at least here in the south could be unseasonably HOT! If not and it just runs to form it will be good and certainly better than the height of summer in many northern European countries. Although weather can sometimes be a little unpredictable as the seasons change. In the north, the weather is mainly cloudy and high seas are almost guaranteed. Average temperatures last year ranged from daytime shade between 22-26°C with a few highs of 28°C here in the south and 14 – 18°C with the odd high of 22°C in the north.

Highlights

The “Festival of Cacharro and Chestnut” is celebrated every year on November 29 at dusk (eve of San Andrés). In Puerto de la Cruz children and youths in the municipality build their ‘noise machines’ with old cans and drag them along trying to make as much noise as possible. The party ends with the traditional roasted chestnuts, music and folk performances.

Soul in the South, once again the bi-annual event will take place (When: from 31st October until 13th November, Where: The Soul Lodge, Las Americas)

“Cultural Autumn” – All activities are scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. and those under 26 can benefit from a 50% discount on tickets which can be obtained from  HERE. The programme is November 3 the blues will be captured by the performance of Tinariwen led by Ousmane Ag Mossa. A week later it will be the turn of jazz, with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

Tribute Fest featuring U2 Experience Bruce Springsteen and George Michael  (When 4th November Where: Magma Centre, Las Americas) Tickets on line at ticketea.com , tenerifemagma.com , on Facebook and at the box office on the day of the concert. 

“Vamos de Pateo” offer eight routes. The next walk on November 4 is the Coastal path to Rojas. Places are limited and registration fee is €10, which includes guide, insurance and transportation, email for details

Intimate Concerts organised by Department of Historic Heritage  (When 3rd November Where  Casa La Bodega Free Admission / Limited Capacity)

Agatha Christie Festival in Puerto de la Cruz will be between 6 and 12 November, with the usual film screenings, enactments, talks and readings of her works. This is the sixth time the festival will have been held since its inception in 2007.

21st edition of EXPOSALDO – The biggest event dedicated to the sale of products in liquidation, offers and auction. (When: 8th -12th November Where: Recinto Ferial Santa Cruz)

Stephanie Carr psychic and clairvoyant medium, (When Saturday 11th November Where Showtime Las Americas)

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, considered the best tribute band in the world, will present its new show DON’T STOP ME NOW in Tenerife and offer a magnificent and exclusive tour of the iconic British band and their famous vocalist Freddie Mercury. (When: 11th November 9:00 p.m. Where Santiago Martin Pavilion – Santa Cruz Tickets from Ticketmaster)

Children of the 80s – Soul II Soul, whose track “Keep On Moving” is set to make the open-air dance floor vibrate. (When 11th November Where Hard Rock Hotel, Playa Paraiso)

The IV Maratón Internacional – As in previous years, the race will be divided into different length courses of 8, 21 and 42 km. The marathon website  contains all information (When:12 November, Where: Santa Cruz)

Ismael Serrano in concert (Where: Teatro Leal de La Laguna When: November 14 at 8:30pm)

Mándate una tapa – The annual autumn edition will be held from 18 November to 17 December. As usual, tapas and drinks will be on offer at participating establishments in El Médano, San Isidro, Los Abrigos and Charco del Pino.

1st Canary Islands Fantastic Film Festival will be held in Multicines Tenerife and will comprise selection of classic films of the genre and exclusive previews. The first film to be shown will be ‘King Kong’, 1933

21st, 23rd and 25th November Faust performed by the Opera de Tenerife at the Auditorium in Santa Cruz.

Hairspray the Musical – Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with a great hairstyle and an even bigger heart, has only one passion: to dance. Enjoy this Broadway musical suitable for the whole family. (When: 26th Nov and 3rd Dec Where: Theatro Leal) 

Craft Fairs – Artesanía de Tenerife has announced the date of craft fairs for 2017 in Tenerife. The fairs, both small and large, sell unusual products from really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with a carné de artesano. The full list of dates is HERE.

Whilst these are some of the most interesting events, there is an overwhelming amount of activities on Tenerife each month. Click on the links below to see what is happening elsewhere.

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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Canarias Folk Fest Arona 2017-2018

Winter has arrived in the southern resorts and it is getting to the time of year again that locals and tourists alike look forward to.

For the 9th year running the folks of Arona can enjoy four months of performances, tastings and a Christmas market by the sea.

Every Thursday from 16th November to 22nd March 2018 you can experience the ‘real Tenerife’ with performances from traditionally dressed folk groups who provide music and dancing to accompany a weekly food, art and crafts market. This is nothing like the tourist markets and the traditional and contemporary goods you can buy and sample are all handmade by the carefully selected artisans on each stall. Canarias Folk Fest is a meeting dedicated to Canary folklore, traditions, crafts and local gastronomy and will take place every Thursdays in Plaza de La Pescadera, Los Cristianos. The markets will start at 4.00pm and continue until 10.00pm and there will be two session of evening entertainment from the folk groups the first starting around 8.30pm.

As a novelty this year there will be an extension over the Christmas period, (between December 22, and January 5th, the eve of Three Kings), with a traditional Christmas Market that includes carol singing and other events to celebrate the Festive Season.


Calendar

Days in November : 16th, 23rd and 30th
December : 7th, 14th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th
January : 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 18th and 25th
February : 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
March : 15th and 22nd

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