Surfing and robbery on Mallorca.

On day three

Today, we want to check out that hard to believe story we heard from a Mallorquin guy we met in a bar in Palma. He claimed, that there were actually pretty good waves on Mallorca, especially in the northern area, near Alcúdia and Son Serra. Rellay? In the mediterranean sea? We are pretty sceptical. Still, when we check the weather conditions for the next days, we aren’t so sure anymore… it looks like a low pressure area between the Pyrenees and the Alps might be able to produce some strong winds that creates swell. Maaaybe. Still, the idea of getting to surf a bit makes our feet itch… The almighty internet tells us there might be surfshop in Alcúdia. Lets check!

 

 

So we just pack our stuff and head north. When we arrive a couple hours later at the shop, the only gear they sell is windsurfing stuff and SUPs. Rent a surfboard? No chance. Damn! We try a few other shops, but no luck. We decide to check out the spot where people told us we could find some waves, next to the marina of Son Serra. While driving along the coast, Jo suddenly yells: „Stop the car!“ He points his finger towards a storage-container on the beach next to the road: two guys take out minimalibu surfboards and mount them onto the roof of their jeep. That’s our chance!! We talk to the guys and convince them to rent us two of their boards. They tell us that they are actually on their way to the same spot as us. Once again we prove our reputation as lucky bastards, thank god!
So we put the boards on our car and hurry towards the waves.
To be honest – we expect some tiny cute mediterranean bathtub waves. I mean, we are talking about Mallorca here… When we get off the car, we can barely believe our eyes: there are some solid two meter waves rolling in! WTF, Mallorca?! We jump in the water right away – what a feeling.

After the surf, we stop over at the big fish market of Palma. Inspired by our surf session, we dig through the section with the locally captured fish. In the end, a huge flatfish remains hanging in our shopping cart, so fresh that it’s almost snatching at us. We also know what we want to do with it … because we still have some of the fantastic pancetta from Alcúdia. That fits perfectly! Time to cook it up.

Flatfish with pancetta and vegetables (for 2 persons)

  • 1 large flatfish (cleaned)
  • 8 thin slices of Pancetta
  • 2 red onions
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bunch of herbs (bay leave, thyme, rosemary)
  • 1 handful of minipeppers
  • 1 spicy pepperoni
  • 2 tbsp of capers
  • olive oil
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • sea-salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 handful of olives
  • 2 lemons

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 200°.

Cut the tomatoes and the red onions into slices.

Spread both on the baking tray, add the garlic cloves unpeeled, but crushed. Now add the herbs, then put some olive oil over the whole tray and place the fish on it. Cut the skin of the fish, rub it with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Now you cover the fish with bacon strips. Throw a handful of capers over it, and a handful of olives, too. You halve the mini-peppers and put them around the fish. Cut the peporoni into fine rings and spread them over the whole plate. Now sprinkle with a shot of olive oil and squeeze out two lemons.

Shove it into the oven for 25 minutes and – dinner is ready!