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Hotel hesperia sabinal

The hotel Hesperia Sabinal is (allegedly) a four star hotel which was plonked right on the Roquetas de Mar beach in Almeria (Spain) in a previous frenzy of hotel building. It’s not the best hotel in Spain or indeed the world (unless you read the nonsense written about it on websites who want to sell you a holiday there, and then again it isn’t the worst hotel in the world.

The kitchens look clean even if the “extensive” grounds are a sun lounger nightmare.

Kitchen hesperia sabina

So if you like the sort of holiday which allows you to be packed like a sardine on a sun lounger then this is definitely a place for you to consider!

Mind you I feel, as a Cat concerned for my dear cuddly readers welfare at all times, I should warn you about the menu which is being prepared in the extremely clean, but hot kitchens (looking at the young lady hiding behind the jars of pasta).

Muleteer someone who handles Mules

Now correct me if I am wrong but a Muleteer is someone who looks after and drives Mules, hmm I don’t know if I would like one of them even if it was covered in garlic.

Oh by the way the other Coliflor al Ajo Arriero the one not containing Muleteer is actually rather nice, it contains Sweet and Spicy Paprika and salt, with Cauliflower, garlic (potatoes are optional) and basically, as with most Spanish cooking you fry them all in oil, you can, if you feel adventurous add a splash of vinegar.

Some Spanish cooks serve Coliflor al Ajo Arriero with sliced boiled eggs – takes all sorts to make a world I say. Even though I adore Cauliflower Cheese I do believe that this dish is worth trying once in a while, it is one of the vast range of what we not in Spain, rather pompously in my opinion, call “Tapas” and the Spanish just call food.

Here is a picture of the dish sans Boiled Egg.

Coliflor al ajoarriero

Just to demonstrate how nice I am here is a recipe for Coliflor al Ajo Arriero.


I have to say that the reason the dish has the odd English translation is that the it was named after the muleteers who traded garlic around the inland mesetas or towns and villages in English.

Coliflor al Ajo Arriero

Makes 4-6 servings.

Preparation Time: 15 min.

Cooking Time: 30 min.


1 large cauliflower

5 cloves of garlic

3 tbsp roughly chopped parsley

1 tsp rock salt or sea salt

3 tbsp olive oil and a little extra for frying

About 2 tsp pimentón, sweet or bittersweet (to taste)

Splash of wine vinegar


Wash and break the cauliflower into small florets and simmer in salted boiling water until just tender. Meanwhile, pound four of the garlic cloves, the parsley, and salt in a mortar. Stir in the olive oil and three tablespoonfuls of the cauliflower’s cooking water.

Separately, sauté the final sliced clove of garlic in a little olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan. Turn the heat down to low, add the pimentón and a little wine vinegar, and stir in the mortar’s contents. Bring everything briefly to a boil.

Drain the cooked cauliflower well in a colander, transfer to a heated serving dish, and pour the contents of the frying pan over the top.

And if you are like ‘that’ serve with a boiled egg or two.

About the Author

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The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. His sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book ‘Getting Out – Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary’ and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.

Copies of the Cat’s masterpiece of feline literature ‘Getting Out – Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary’ and his latest wonderful book ‘The Cat’s Travelogue’ can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat’s Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www – wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius Cat but also play my games they are all paw picked by me and have been described as “exactly what free on-line games should be, fun, free and fantastic.”

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