Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vámonos de TAPAS! Let´s have some TAPAS!

Today is Saturday. It is cold and windy  so I´ve decided  I´ll cook something different: An easy  "TAPAS" dinner for my friends. We just need a few cupboard ingredients, a few bottles of wine and beer....And a good company to enjoy the evening!!!!

These are two very popular "tapas" in Madrid ( the lovely city where I come from). I hope you like them.

GAMBAS AL ABUELO)(Prawns in garlic and chilli sauce)

Ingredients (Serves 4)

-Olive oil (10  tablespoons)
-4 garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
-2 red chillies, thinly sliced (or 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes)
-Prawns  (500grs, frozen or fresh)
-Chopped flat leaves parsley (2 tablespoons)
-Sea salt to season
-Crusty bread


Put the oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and chilli and cook for about 30 seconds over low heat. Add the prawns and cook them over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes (until the prawns are pink).
Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and garnish with some chopped parsley.
Delicious with crusty bread to dip in the oil!!!!


This tapa is usually served when you order a "caña" (small glass of beer). People from Madrid loves "ir de cañas" (going from bar to bar to drink beer and have tapas) with friends, especially on Sundays before lunch.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

-1 box of toothpicks
-1 jar of pickled gherkins (small ones)
-1 jar of cocktail onions
-Cheddar cheese (100grs, diced)
-1 tin of anchovies
-1 tin of olives
-Roasted red pepper (cut into small chunks)


Choose 3 or 4 ingredients to slide onto a toothpick. Pick ingredients that you think will go well together. Lay each one on a plate until you have a nice, colourful presentation.

The good thing about this tapa is that it is very versatile. You can add the ingredients you prefer and as many as you like!!!!


Saturday, January 19, 2013


Hi everybody!
This time I´m going to post a recipe that shepherds used to cook in the cold winters in inland areas of Spain such as Extremadura or Castilla La Mancha.
It is also popular when the "matanza" (the process of killing the pig and making the chorizos, hams...) takes place to try the first "chorizos".
It is very easy to cook and the ingredients used are easily found in supermarkets and shops.

I´m sure you´ll enjoy it with a glass of red Rioja wine or a hot white coffee!!!!

MIGAS (Breadcrumbs with chorizo, peppers and rashers)


-Breadcrumbs (500grs)

-Chorizo  (250grs) cut into chunks

-Bacon rashers or  sliced pork belly cut in half (250 grs)

-Olive oil (150ml)

-Garlic (7 garlic cloves finely sliced)

-1 red pepper and 1 green pepper (cut into chunks)

-Paprika  (1 teaspoon) or if you can find "pimenton" (the Spanish paprika) would be perfect.

-Salt to your taste


-Fry the peppers in a deep frying pan (half fille with oil) for about 5 minutes over low heat.

-Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in another deep frying pan over medium heat, low the heat and fry the chorizo and rashers for about 3 minutes. When they are done,take them out and put them aside.

-In the fat left fry over low heat the garlic for about 2 minutes.

-Add the paprika, stir it and then add the breadcrumbs. Over low heat stir it well till the breadcrumbs absorb all the fat. Taste and season.

Serve the "migas" with the peppers, chorizo and rashers.