Tuesday, October 12, 2010

little bites

A few weeks ago, we had a friend over for dinner -- there was only one problem. We don't have enough chairs to all sit at the dining room table, nor did we have a coffee table (we do now!), so any food that required big plates was out of the question.
The solution? Small bites.
Tapas.... =)
So, here they are on our dining room table, from left to right (and sort of squiggly in order):
  • homemade sangria on ice (we made it with lemon, oranges, lime, and apples - and strawberries? I can't remember.)
  • tortilla de patatas (we only have one non-stick fry pan, and it's a big pan, so our tortillas come out super-skinny, but still delicious)
  • manchego, feta, and chorizo (sweet, not spicy)
  • mixed olives from the Healthy Living olive bar (my favorite are the bright green Catalán olives that are hot-pickled with chiles and celery)
  • salted peanuts
  • assorted Spanish sweets - candied fruits "bathed" in chocolate, and pine nut toffees
  • smoked almonds
  • fresh strawberries
  • sweet yellow pear tomatoes and red cherry tomatoes
  • zesty gazpacho
  • pastelitos de gambas (shrimp pastries - Spanish-style egg rolls made with sauteed vegetables and two shrimps apiece - I learned how to make these when I worked for Paulino in Madrid)
  • delicious soft rolls from A Taste of Europe
In the top of the photo you can just barely see a near-black sunflower peeking out -- these were supposed to be crimson-colored and only 12" tall, so I planted them in the front of the garden. This did not work out - they are taller than me.

Other tapas posts :
tapas party
bites in San Sebastián - Donostia
tapas at the piso
tapas with Kay & José
tapas in Barcelona
first real tapas in Madrid
little bites in Boston!
Delicious discovery - cured duck! (Madrid)
bites in Granada
back to Dalí!
a few days in the Berwicks


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peter kenneth said...

you have come up with a damn good ideas keep it up !

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