Cooking Lessons in Barcelona

Updated: Jan 22, 2019

Event Planners Patrick Ward & Ellen Reid with Executive Chef, Lynette La Mere

A few key members of the Pure Joy Catering Team took a super fun cooking lesson in Barcelona, Spain. We had a great apartment in the Gracia area through VRBO and on the last night of our trip Chef Nacho from Urban Chefs came and taught us Paella Marinera, Spanish Tortilla, Panellet Cookies, Salsa Romesco and Crema Catalana. It was one of the best parts of our whole Mediterranean adventure!


These cookies have always been a favorite of mine & I had no idea their base was Sweet Potatoes! This makes 12-14 cookies and you’ll need a kitchen scale.

150 g. roasted or boiled sweet potato

130 g. sugar

zest of one lemon

1 egg yolk

170 g. ground almonds

150 g. pine nuts or chopped blanched almonds

Peel & mash the sweet potato to make a puree. add the sugar and lemon zest. Add the egg yolk & ground almonds. Form balls and roll them in the pine nuts or chopped almond & place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

With love,

Lynette La Mere, Pure Joy Catering Executive Chef

Leslie Lund, Patrick Ward & Ellen Reid on prep

Chef Nacho was a really fun teacher

Panellet Cookies ummmmm!

Nothing beats the sweet seafood of the Mediterranean sea!

Flipping Spanish tortillas

Voila! Ellen Reid makes a perfect Tortilla

These are another favorite in Spain, delicious Potato Tortillas

a beautiful table set by Patrick Ward and a scrumptious meal with friends!

a beautiful table set by Patrick Ward and a scrumptious meal with friends!


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