Mató for the National Day of Catalonia


Today is a big day in my part of Spain, Catalunya. It is the National Day. We call it Diada Nacional. The day commemorates the fourteen month Siege of Barcelona, when on September 11th 1714, Catalan troops were forced to surrender to the Castilian forces of France and King Philip V of Spain. From that day on, things took a turn for the worse for Catalunya. All Catalan cultural institutions were destroyed and repressed and became part of the Spanish kingdom.

Some Catalans have been battling this repression ever since. The National Day of Catalonia was reinstated again in 1980, five years after the death of dictator Franisco Franco in 1975.

Every September 11th, many Catalan organizations and political parties lay flowers and wreaths at monuments to pay their respect to Catalan heroes.There are also events to pay homage to the soldiers who defended Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession.

It is a beautiful day in Catalonia. When I was a child, it was always the last day of summer. Schools in Catalonia start school the day after.

Since it is the National Day for Catalonia, I thought I would cook something that is very traditional from that region. What I made is something similar to a cottage cheese or a fresh cheese. The word is Requesón in Spanish, Mató in Catalan.

Mató is a usually served as a dessert and is very traditional. My grandma used to eat it for breakfast or for a dessert. I love mató, I can eat it anytime. Really, this recipe is just milk with a squeeze of lemon and then adding something sweet like honey or something else.


  • 4 cups whole milk (1 quart ) 
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • honey (optional)
  1. Bring the milk almost to a boil, about 200 degrees F, then remove from the heat.
  2. Pour in the lemon juice and stir for a minute.

1 llet
3. Press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or a kitchen cloth until all of the excess liquid has been removed.

2 mix
4. Cool it down in the fridge.

5. Serve with a drizzle of honey (the most traditional, and my grandma’s favorite) or with a little sugar (my personal preference), or jam or nuts. It’s up to you!



Bon profit!

Mató for the National Day of Catalonia

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Bon profit!

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