Sunday, July 26, 2009


I decided it was time to take action and start chipping away at 'the list' this week. I've definitely been keeping busy this year, but I haven't made much of a dent into the list of things I set out to accomplish and there are only a few months left. It makes sense. Most of the items on the list are things that I really want to do, but for one reason or another I find an excuse to put off doing them. When I wrote this list in the first place I figured that if I include a few of my challenges and see them over and over again throughout the year as I check on my list, it might be the extra incentive I need to actually tackle them. I guess now I'm starting to feel the pressure of time to tackle everything, which seems to be the missing ingredient that I've needed to get these items accomplished.

Yesterday Alex helped me out with #16 on my list and it made for an amazing evening!

We tackled 4 different tapas recipes and spent around 2 hrs total chopping and prepping, running to the store for missing ingredients, and of course sampling a delicious bottle of Spanish wine. One can't be expected to make tapas without sharing wine, in our case it was a Tempranillo generously given to us by my coworker and wine blogger extraordinaire Jeff Lefevere. Thanks Jeff! It was delicious!
Amazingly, everything timed out right so that all 4 tapas meals finished cooking at the same time and we ate like kings, with food to spare (even after halving all the recipes).

I am so happy to be one item closer to completing my list, but even more so, I'm so happy that the list required that we make time to spend an evening together experimenting in the kitchen and learning about some amazing foods.

So now for the menu. After looking through recipes here we decided to make the following:

Ceviche using salmon - Fish 'cooked' by the action of acidic lime juice
Patatas Bravas - Crisp Spiced potatoes

Bread with Mushrooms and Alioli
and Prawn and Bacon Brochettes
All of the recipes were delicious, and so different. The shrimp and bacon was by far the easiest, but it was incredibly flavorful, it felt just as special as the other recipes. The bread with mushrooms and alioli tasted so refined, and I loved the garlic and mushroom combination. Next time we'll add more mushrooms per bread slice. The patatas bravas were amazingly seasoned and pure comfort food. We decided that we could probably lessen the ketchup/mayo taste a little by adding more of the seasoning and it would feel a little more gormet. The light fresh flavors of the ceviche was a nice compliment to all of the other rich foods. It was amazing to see how the lime juice 'cooked' the outside of the fish. It's basically raw inside though, so if you dont like raw fish/sushi, this may not be the thing for you. The bed of avacado and tomato with the peppers were a fantastic combination with the fish.

If there are any Spanish readers out there that could share information about tapas in Spain, I would love to learn more or hear your thoughts!

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Smilax said...

Hi Amy! Ages ago!!

So sorry about not coming -you know, too busy here!

Did you enjoy your tapas?! I hope so!

You're more than welcome to Andalusia whenever you came!

And I could tell you one or two simply but delicious tapas..

How about trying...

Pollo al limón [chicken in lemon]

Cut the chicken into slices, as fingers. Use the juice of two lemons, add a tip of salt and parsley. Then put the chicken into the lemon juice from about two hours. After that, roll and cover the chicken fingers in a flour tempura, to, in a saucepan with oil (olive oil as preferred) when hot, fry them until they turn into golden and crispy.

Serve them with mayonesse.

And another one:

Patatas ali-oli [spicy mayonesse with potatoes]

As you did with the potatoes, on the Bravas recipe, boil them and cut them into big squares.
Now, make some mayonesse, with garlic, salt, parsley, coriander and drops of lemon juice.

Mix mayonesse and potatoes,put it on the fridge, and serve it cool.

A summer-like recipe, mmm! yummi yummi!


Amy Kingman said...

Hello Smilax! Thanks for the invitation, and the super delicious sounding tapas recipes!!! I will definitely have to give those a try! :D

Hope things are well!

Ana said...

Hi, a reader from Spain here! I know this is an old post, but I just read it for the first time.