Every time I come back to Spain I make sure I schedule at least a couple of days up north, with my grandparents. Suesa is a very small village close to Santander, also a 10 minute drive from the sea. Although the weather doesn’t always go with it (It rains a lot I have to say) the beaches in this area are some of the most savage and beautiful I have ever seen. The area is also very popular amongst surfers.
The weather is absolutely unbelievable. Sun, sun and more sun
What a better way to start a day at the beach than with tomatoes and olive oil?
Pan Tumaca literally entails a loaf of bread with chopped tomatoes spread on it with a dash of salt and a couple of drops of extra virgin olive oil. It is easy to make, provides all the necessary components to have a lasting tan (Vitamins and carotenoids) and it is absolutely delicious.
Start off by peeling the tomatoes by pouring boiling water on them; after a couple of minutes the skin will begin to wrinkle and comes off easily. Be careful not to burn your fingers!
Using a sharp knife cut the tomatoes into small pieces. Add olive oil and salt. Some people grate the tomatoes. You can also add very finely chopped garlic.
It is the perfect example of Mediterranean diet. Usually attributed to the region of Catalonia in Spain, it is also very common in other areas such as the Levante. In reality it is so easy to make that if you don’t have it, it is because you don’t want it.
I also added a couple of slices of cured Spanish ham (Had to feed M some protein ;)).