are appetisers - small portions, variety of tastes,
with a glass or two of wine or dry sherry, an hour or so before a meal [so-called
'Tapas bars' in the UK usually serve larger portions - known as raciones
in Spain - 3 or 4 of which make a reasonable meal]
cooked dishes will need seasoning - salt and pepper nearly always, garlic and
parsley usually; some will appreciate a touch of lemon
olive oil only - preferably extra virgin
be simpler - just season, maybe marinate, and cook rapidly on a hot hot-plate
or Spanish-style corrugated pan, or a dry frying pan - no oil.
thin; maybe salt, leave to stand, then dry off excess water first
or red, as above; very tasty!
green ones; cut off any woody stalks, brush with olive oil, marinade
for a while
al aire libre
camping favourite (our name as well!): chicken (or turkey) breast -
slice in thin strips, brush with oil, leave to marinate; also works
with pork, lamb, steak - but chicken's cheaper
simpler than above. Needs tin opener.
with anchovies; and/or whole - marinate in jar with water, garlic, salt,
pepper and a few snips of red chili pepper; or marinate in a little
olive oil plus seasoning
off liquid, maybe coat in mayonnaise
to do with a potato
potato very thin to nearly fill pan, add oil to cover, and fry slowly
with onion and garlic until soft, add beaten egg (less than you thought,
just enough to bind potato and add flavour - say 2 eggs in standard
frying pan for 12 tapas portions), salt and pepper; cook on slightly
higher heat until underside firm, turn onto plate then slide back into
pan to cook other side; magnificent cold
potatoes, or maybe parboil, then fry or roast; coat (or maybe cook)
in thin sauce of tomato, onion, garlic and warm/hot spice such as paprika
deli should have it.
thin; the best melts in the mouth
one sliced thin, or thin one sliced thick
from La Mancha
a supermarket near you; accept no substitutes
straight onto the plate.
whitebait: coat in egg (maybe) and flour, fry rapidly in hot oil; outdoor
cooking recommended - only to be risked indoors if you don't have to
live in the house afterwards
sliced garlic in oil until browned, then discard; fry prawns (in shells)
rapidly; there is a knack to shelling them that some of us haven't quite
got, so provide plentiful supply of tissues or - better still - enjoy
oil with garlic as above, then fry mushrooms medium to fast for 2 minutes
max. until firm but beginning to soften; definitely sprinkle with parsley,
possibly also lemon
Wet the appetite.
Whet it as well.
manzanilla; nothing else
range Spanish, don't break the bank
wine and lemonade, 50/50 - yes 50/50, this is to drink, not to get drunk
on; ice; use cheaper Spanish - Valencia, La Mancha
as we say in English
tinto de verano above with
bits of sliced fresh fruit - peaches (classic - soaks up the wine),
also oranges, maybe grapes, try others to taste; maybe squeeze a lemon;
secret ingredients: small glass of coñac
(Spanish brandy) and teaspoon of cinnamon powder per 2 or 3 litres
water ...with a difference
(Catalan bubbly) and fresh orange juice, 50/50; add a dash of coñac
for extra effect
recipes in English. There must be more.
con recetas en español. ¿Hay más?
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