Call it ‘Pan Tumaca’, ‘Pa amb Tomaquet’, or simply bread with tomato. If you think this is just going to be bread with a slice of tomato, you are wrong. Try this in Barcelona or any surrounding area and you are bound to change your mind. The recipe is very simple: a small slice of bread (normally from the night before), tomato, oil, salt, and you can also add a slice of Serrano ham. The waiters in the area will serve you the very best. It has become a delicacy, which refreshes the palate on a summer’s day. Even though there are many theories on where this recipe came from, it is thought to originate from humble peasants, who only cooked bread once a week. The bread would harden, so the peasants would soften it with tomato and oil. Because of this, it is also know as the ‘food of the poor’. Others say that a painter invented it, as he was trying to recreate a sunset on something edible. Whatever the truth may be, Pa amb Tomaquet will never disappoint.
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