Barcelona is worldwide known for the architectural creations of its famous architect, Antonio Gaudi who lived there till his death in 1926. His most famous creation is still unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica. The original design assumed 18 spires, as of 2010 eight were built.
Catalonia is officially an autonomous community in Spain, it has Catalan as its official language, together with Spanish. The community has some 7.5 mln inhabitants and Barcelona is its capital, the 2nd largest city in Spain after Madrid.
On the picture, Placa de Catalunya (Catalonia Square) – large square in Barcelona known for its fountains and considered to be the center of the city.
Fresh ginger – grated, chopped or sliced is also a popular ingredient in Thai cooking.
Garlic, so popular in the South European cooking, is also important when making Thai dishes, often added to oil when starting preparation of a stir fried dish, added to soups and salads.
Thai basil is a great addition to different Thai dishes, such as curries, stir fry or noodle dishes.
Coriander also called cilantro can be used in cooking as fresh leaves, or as dried and powdered seeds. The fresh herb has a strong citrus-like flavor.
Kaffir lime leaves are important ingredient in the Thai cuisine, having a distinct lime scent, can be bought fresh, dried or frozen.