Dishes related to marmitaco The melva hotpot, (fish very similar to bonito) is a traditional sailors' dish which, despite the distance, is related to the Basque "marmitaco". Its special character is obtained through the usage of ingredients such as cumin, crushed garlic and stock made from the carefully sieved skin and bones of the fish. This delicious, sea-tasting dish must not cooked for too long so that the melva fish does not dry up and lose its pleasant texture. Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions and olive oil are the common ingredients that this fish dish has with the Basque "marmitaco".
Fish recipes Another fish dish, called "bonito de almadraba" (netted bonito) is exquisite. Only a few hours after being caught, this fish is taken to the table in an earthenware dish, accompanied by lightly fried peppers and onions and covered with a tomato sauce enriched with ground spices. The result is an exotic Moorish flavour which the diner will not forget in a hurry. The bonito pie of Ceuta is cooked in a bain-marie, the fish is filleted and mixed with lettuce, boiled eggs, red peppers and breadcrumbs. All the ingredients are cut up very small and seasoned with black and white pepper. Beaten eggs are added and it is decorated with mayonnaise, strips of red pepper, capers or olives. The mackerel a la Mar Chica is prepared with slices of mackerel, approximately three centimetres thick, which are placed in an earthenware dish with carrots, small onions, white wine, oil, saffron, vinegar, peppers, cumin, bay leaves and salt and cooked very slowly.
Fruits and sweets Ceuta receives many ingredients from its neighbour Morocco, depending on the season. These include small and delicious apricots, pears and crisp apples, sweet grapes, watermelon, melon, pomegranate.... and many other types of tasty fruit cultivated on the dry land. The "trenzas de Agustina" are prepared by making a dough out of flour, sugar, eggs, oil and orange, lemon and tangerine rind, to which a glass of aniseed liqueur is added. This dough is then made into plaits which are fried in honey until it is absorbed and then decorated with chopped almonds, pine nuts, crystallised fruit, chopped chocolate noodles and sometimes creme patissiere. They are absolutely delicious. The restaurant Silva is a must for the visitor to the city. This restaurant has a very varied menu of fish and seafood and other typical dishes from Ceuta