Conxita Badia and her pupils

Apart from being a gifted performer, Conxita Badia was an inspiring teacher. Music students from all over the world came to Barcelona just for her. Among them was the Catalan Montserrat Caballé who became a singer whose talent is recognized worldwide.

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Conxita Badia and her student Montserrat Caballé

Conxita also travelled around Europe and the America’s to give singing lessons, for example the summer courses in the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the prestigious yearly courses in Santiago de Compostela.

To honour Conxita Badia one of the auditoriums of the Conservatory of Barcelona and another in the Civic Centre of Sarrià (Barcelona) are named after her, as well as a square in Barcelona (Sant Martí) and two streets in Sant Pol de Mar (Maresme) and Castellbisball (Vallès Occidental). The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México created the Conxita Badia Chair.

In case you want to know more about her, go to the page ‘Conxita Badia, singer‘. Photos: @Fons Conxita Badia, Biblioteca de Catalunya.

Chef Carme Ruscalleda presents her favourite chips recipe

Meet Chef Carme Ruscalleda who runs her famous restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar (Carrer Nou, 10) and another in Tokyo, where she creates fabulous dishes drawing inspiration from traditional Catalan recipes… and from her own imagination.xtra_238

The tasting menu published on her website looks appealing, but you do not have to go there to enjoy her delicious dishes. Have a go at this recipe and try to be a Ruscalleda in your own kitchen.

By all means, go and have a look at Ruscalleda’s website with its great photos. Lemon Potato Chips recipe

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