Spanish tapas at UBC, Class # 1

For our first cooking class in Spanish tapas we prepared paprika-spiced almonds, marinated olives, eggplant dip, a Spanish potato omelette known in Spain as a tortilla, fresh grilled tuna and two-bean salad, cheese and olive empanadas, rich chocolate cake and sangria to wash it all down with.

  • almonds spiced with smoky Spanish paprika

    hot smoky paprika

    hot smoky Spanish paprika for the spiced almonds

Paprika Spiced Almonds

paprika spiced almonds using the hot smoky paprika ‘Chiquilin: Pimentón Picante’.

  • olives marinated in lemon, roasted red pepper and herbs

    lemon marinated olives

    olives in a lemon and roasted red pepper marinade

  • eggplant dip served with toasts
eggplant dip and toasts
  • Spanish tortilla (a potato omelete, very different from Mexican tortillas)
Spanish tortilla, an egg and potato omelette
  • fresh grilled tuna and two-bean salad. The beans were large white beans from Spain and lightly cooked green beans. Other additions included almonds and cherry tomatoes, and it was served on romaine lettuce leaves. But the best part was the large handful of minced mint leaves that was added to the dressing for an intriguing flavour. Now I am so inspired to use mint in my cooking, I even rushed out and bought a ‘Moroccan’ mint plant, and am impatiently waiting for it to grow!
fresh grilled tuna and two-bean salad with mint dressing

fresh grilled tuna and two-bean salad with mint dressing and a mint leaf garnish .

  • cheese and olive empanadas
a plate of tapas including the cheese and olive empanada

a plate of tapas including the cheese and olive empanada at the bottom

  • and for dessert, rich chocolate cake
rich chocolate cake

rich chocolate cake with a dusting of icing sugar on top…

And of course, what could be more Spanish than a glass of Sangría to wash it all down with? (For how to make Sangría).

sangria

The menu of our Spanish Tapas Class # 2

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2 responses to “Spanish tapas at UBC, Class # 1

  1. Boy I wish our schedules meshed better as I’d love to come! This Friday I’m having some girls over for tapas and sangria. But lots of great ideas. Don’r forget gaspacho uummmmm

  2. Pingback: Stay-at-Home Tour of the wineries of Spain & Portugal: Sherry and Port | Albatz Gallery & Blog·

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