Elderflower Cordial…My Dear James, stirred but never shaken.

With the passing of the summer solstice, followed by Sant Joan (23rd June) celebrated here in Catalonia, the heat of a Catalan summer is with us.  And what better way to sate one’s thirst than by drinking a glass of homemade elderflower cordial. From the front entrance of La Rectoria, along the via verde cycleContinue reading “Elderflower Cordial…My Dear James, stirred but never shaken.”

La Rectoria has a new website…don’t be shy. Have a look.

Like a good spring clean.  The need to go through that ‘sock drawer’.  The annual tidy up of the garage.  Or that thing that you have been meaning to ‘gettin’aroundt’doin’.  So it is that we have at last just launched our new, more user friendly website. http://www.larectoriadesantmiquel.com So, DROP EVERYTHING….GO THERE NOW!  Look around, andContinue reading “La Rectoria has a new website…don’t be shy. Have a look.”


‘Isolation’ – the action of isolating; the fact or condition of being isolated; separation from other things or persons; solitariness…. Of the above definitions I guess the second and third could be attributed to our location and thus we must thank the Sunday Times newspaper for bestowing that title on us in its ‘Spain and PortugalContinue reading “Isolation…………….?”

TRIPADVISOR……What’s it to you?

TripAdvisor – an American travel website providing reviews of travel-related content………………TripAdvisor was an early adopter of user-adopted content. (Wikipedia). So, you might well ask what’s with the definition.  Well, firstly with regards to TripAdvisor like many things in life there is often cynicism and ‘snobbery’ for want of a word attached to the validity of thisContinue reading “TRIPADVISOR……What’s it to you?”

Burns Supper(s) 2015…..the haggis that nearly well…….

So, hey, another year another haggis and contented guests and friends.  Some new and some from previous years. Our ever present piper, Francesc playing pipes (at times accompanied by Enric), occasionally the mouth organ and at times accompanied in song by Bizmarck our baying giant schnauzer.   The haggis was good, but that in itselfContinue reading “Burns Supper(s) 2015…..the haggis that nearly well…….”

Je suis Charlie, I am Charlie, Sóc en Charlie

Whilst looking for a piece to recite next week for our Burns Supper, celebrating the immortal memory of the Scottish Bard, I came across these lines that may go some way to summing up what Charlie Hebdo stands for and what its cartoonists and journalists paid for with their lives.  A note introducing the poemContinue reading “Je suis Charlie, I am Charlie, Sóc en Charlie”

Happy New Year 2015

A bright and cold start to 2015.  Just what winter should be like.  With our party of Hogmanay guests sated, cheery and on their way having spent two evenings of great merriment with us we locked up and made the five minute drive to the village, Sant Feliu de Pallerols.  Tired after two late nightsContinue reading “Happy New Year 2015”

Nikka Pure Malt Red Label

Back in the early seventies I  remember when the parents of a school friend of mine took ownership of their first Japanese car.  Sky blue with body work so tinny that an eleven year old could make an indentation in it with their finger.  All in all it was a car by name but littleContinue reading “Nikka Pure Malt Red Label”

Our very own ‘New England Patriots’

This wee ditty relates to one of the lovely things that has happened since we opened some two and a half years ago.  It all started with the arrival of a couple from Boston, Massachusetts in May of last year, by the name of Monique and Harwood.  As with many of our guests they wereContinue reading “Our very own ‘New England Patriots’”

‘0ne Direction’ – All roads lead to La Rectoria

So we’ve erected a new signpost indicating where we are off the C63 just north of the Sant Feliu de Pallerols. Well, in all honesty we have never had a signpost to La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda in all of the time we have been open.  This has not been because we haven’tContinue reading “‘0ne Direction’ – All roads lead to La Rectoria”

Morning light

On getting up each morning, freshened up and dressed my first act is to take Bismarck for his first walk of the day.  Our giant schnauzer takes a bit of getting going, with a big stretch of the back, then his massive fore and hind legs, he ambles with a spring in his step towardsContinue reading “Morning light”

Vineyard tour…..all in the name of research

On a somewhat overcast and dreich Wednesday, Goretti and I set off for Figures and on to Alt Emporda on a fact finding mission.  We’re putting together a proposal for a tour operator that specialises in gastronomic guided holidays.   Small exclusive groups that want to sample the authentic food and culture of the placesContinue reading “Vineyard tour…..all in the name of research”

Euro Tracks – La Garrotxa Itinerary

Well here is a big thank you to all at Eurotracks for putting together this pack.  7 days to explore La Garrotxa between Besalú and Girona on foot and by bike taking in Santa Pau, and the heart of the Volcanic Park and on to ourselves for two nights before departing for home.  Below isContinue reading “Euro Tracks – La Garrotxa Itinerary”

Who wants a winter break?

So you don’t ski….. The idea of winter sand and sun doesn’t ring your bell… ….and you just want to get away from days of perpetual rain or snow and freezing temperatures. Well, there is an alternative……La Garrotxa, Catalonia. In the last couple of weeks we have welcomed two British couples that have taken advantageContinue reading “Who wants a winter break?”

Whisky with Food, # 1 Glenmorangie Original & Sticky Toffee Pudding

Yes, you read it correctly.  It’s  a total winner and we challenge you to say otherwise!  The rich, sweet, buttery nature of the Sticky Toffee Pudding (STP) and its accompanying toffee sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream is hugged by the  embrace of that dear old friend, Glenmorangie Original  with its fruity palate and caramelContinue reading “Whisky with Food, # 1 Glenmorangie Original & Sticky Toffee Pudding”

Blogging the Bloggers- Would you like their jobs!

So, here I am again,  an amateur at work.  Trying to get into the groove again of writing a weekly blog on ‘La Rectoria’ and its related ongoings. This week we made preparations for and hosted a group of 5 travel bloggers and ones that might be described as professionals at their craft – 2Continue reading “Blogging the Bloggers- Would you like their jobs!”

Cranachan Parfait – recipe

One of the classic Scottish desserts, ‘Cranachan’ is basically whipped cream into which are folded raspberries, toasted oats, honey  and whisky served in a coupe.  To give it something of a contemporary  twist I decided to serve it as an iced parfait for Burns Night this year.  So here goes. Ingredients (makes 12 individual darioles)Continue reading “Cranachan Parfait – recipe”

Burns Night(s)….’a haggis, a few drams, words and a dance and a squash and a squeeze.

The kilt has been brushed and hung up, probably for another year and the Jimmy Shand CD put to one side.  Oh! and our piper Francesc has forgotten his crib sheet of tunes once again.  So, hopefully there is more than a chance he’ll be back again next year. Burns Night comes so quickly afterContinue reading “Burns Night(s)….’a haggis, a few drams, words and a dance and a squash and a squeeze.”

Muckle Flugga…..ever heard of it?

It’s an island…..well a big rock and for those of you that enjoy a dram, the whisky with the most northerly provenance in the world. Browsing the shelves of our favourite whisky store in Barcelona just prior to Christmas, the name Muckle (Scots for big or large) and Flugga, caught me first. Looking at theContinue reading “Muckle Flugga…..ever heard of it?”

Beans,Beans………Fira del Fesols, Santa Pau 2014

So the New Year has been seen in. The Reis have come and gone. The Christmas tree dismantled, the decorations down and stored and the Sales are in full swing and I guess for some the January Blues have set in. Well, we at La Rectoria can suggest something of an antidote. Santa Pau’s FiraContinue reading “Beans,Beans………Fira del Fesols, Santa Pau 2014”