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#tapas

#tapas

Ek so n rukkie terug by my vriend Louis Verwey in Castellón de la Plana, Spanje gekuier. Louis is ʼn boerseun van Willowmore se wêreld en bly al vir vyf jaar in die land van tamaties en bulle.

In Castellón de la Plana is dinge stadig, rustig en die inwoners is regte sosiale wesens. Voor werk ontmoet vriende mekaar al vir ʼn koffietjie en na vyf kom hulle by die taskas (straat kroëe) bymekaar vir ‘n yskoue cerveza (bier) en tapas.

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Tapas het die afgelope paar jare soos ‘n veldbrand oor die wêreld versprei en is vinnig besig om die aanmatige stywe restaurant-styl van eet oor te neem. Dit is wonderlike nuus vir my, want die vinger-eetstyl is rustiger en gemakliker en ʼn heerlike manier om saam met vriende en familie te kuier. En dan is die klein bordjies kos nie net gepak met geur (veral baie knoffel) en tekstuur nie, maar dit is ook ʼn baie gesonde manier van eet.

Wat beteken die woord Tapas?
Die woord “tapas” is afgelei van die Spaanse werkwoord “tapar” wat “om toe te maak” of “deksel” beteken. Daar is soveel legedes oor die oorsprong van tapas, maar die mees algemeenste wat ek kon opspoor is dat mense toentertyd ʼn item (bv. brood) bo-op ʼn drankie geplaas het om die vrugtevlieë uit te hou. Hulle het toe later ʼn koshappie bo-op hierdie “deksel” gesit en so sê hulle is tapas gebore. Wel, al wat ek kan sê is: dankie vrugtevlieë!

Louise verduidelik: “Tapas word gesien as ʼn proppie. So, die klein happies kos wat jy eet is fisies ʼn proppie wat jy in jou maag sit terwyl jy drink. Dit beteken jy kan langer kuier en ook nie té gou té vrolik raak nie.” Ja nee, kyk, die Spanjaarde is ʼn lawaaierige en vrolike nasie en het definitief proppies nodig om hulle deur hulle gefuifery te help. Hulle naweke begin sommer al Donderdae-aande en maak eers vroegoggend Maandae klaar. Terwyl ek hier kuier moes ek ook in ‘n ander proppie belê – ʼn oorproppie vir al die lawaai.

Louis vertel verder dat tapas eintlik mense aanmoedig om met mekaar te praat, want jy is nie gefokus op jou bord kos nie, maar eerder gefokus op die geselskap. Nou dit maak mos nou heeltemal sin vir my.

patatas bravas

patatas bravas

Wanneer eet die Spanjaarde tapas?
Omdat aandete in Spanje eers na tien saans bedien word is daar ʼn lang wagtydperk van na werk tot en met aandete. So na werk kom mense by taskas en restaurante bymekaar om ʼn drankie te geniet en aan tapas te smul – als voor aandete. Tapas kan ook natuurlik voor middagete geëet word.

Mees bekendste tapas in Castellón de la Plana en Spanje
“Tapas verskil van streek tot streek” sê Louis, “maar hier in Castellón de la Plana kraai patatas bravas (diep gebraaide aartappels met aioli), jamón (Spaanse ham), torraeta de anchoas (roosterbrood met ansjovis) en ensalada de tomate (tamatieslaai) koning. Ander gewilde tapas in Spanje is natuurlik chipirones (diep gebraaide baba seekat), banderillas (piekels op ʼn stokkie), albóndigas (frikadelle) en bacalao (gesoute kabeljou en tamatie op ʼn stukkie brood).”

Torraeta de anchoas

Torraeta de anchoas

Tapas in Suid-Afrika
My gunstling tapas restraurant is Liam Tomlin se Chefs Warehouse and Canteen in Kaapstad. Liam is briljant en sy boek Tapas sal is n groot inspirasie vir enige tapas maker. Gaan loer gerus op www.liamtomlintapas.com.

Ensalada de tomate

Ensalada de tomate

Patatas bravas
(gebraaide aartappels met aioli)

4 groot aartappels, geskil en elkeen in ses stukke gesny
olie vir diep braai
sout
soet paprika (nie gerookte paprika)

Aioli
2 groot knoffelhuisies
n groot knippie sout
1 groot eiergeel
50 ml olyfolie

Aioli: Plaas die knoffel en sout in jou stamper en vysel en stamp fyn. Gooi die eiergeel by en meng goed. Voeg nou die olie bietjies vir bietjies by (omtrent ½ teelepel op ‘n slag) terwyl jy dit aanhoudend roer. Dit vat omtrent 5 minute om al die olie by te voeg en as jy klaar is moet dit jou aan ‘n dik mayonnaise herhinner.
Aartappels: Kook die aartappels vir vyf minute in water. Dreineer en sit in yskas vir ʼn uur. Diep braai die aartappels tot gaar. Dreineer op papierhanddoek en geur met sout. Bedien aartappels op ‘n bord, skep ailo oor en sprinkel met paprika.
Geheime vir aioli maak
Wanneer jy die olie byvoeg gooi dit langs die kant van die vysel in. Nie direk op die eier nie.
Die roer beweging van die stamper moet altyd in dieselfde rigting wees. Hoekom weet ek nie, maar Louis het amper die horries gekry toe ek onbewustelik in ‘n ander rigting begin roer.
Moenie dat iemand oor jou skouer loer wanneer jy dit maak nie, die Spanjaarde glo dat jou aiolie dan ‘n mislukking gaan wees.

Torraeta de anchoas
(roosterbrood met ansjovis en paprika)

1 klein baguette (gebruik ou brood), in lengte in die helfte gesny en in vier stukke gesny
2 knoffelhuisies
4 eetlepels olyfolie
2 teelepels paprika
12 stukkies ansjovis

Verhit die oond tot 160 °C en bak die brood tot ligbruin en bros. Laat effens afkoel. Smeer die rou knoffel oor elke stuk brood – omtrent ʼn halwe knoffelhuisie per broodjie. Gooi mildelik met olyfolie (+- 1 eetlepel per stukkie brood).
Strooi baie paprika oor (+- ½ teelepel per broodjie) en rond af met stukkies ansjovis.

Ensalada de tomate
(tamatieslaai)

2 groot tamaties, in groot stukke gesny
1 medium ui, in groot stukke gesny
2 knoffelhuisies, fyn gesny
50 ml olyfolie
25 ml wit druiweasyn
10 swart olywe
sout na smaak

Meng als saam en bedien dadelik.

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pan tumaca = simple + delicious {viva españa}

pan tumaca = simple + delicious {viva españa}

tomato spanish dessert

A slice of toasted bread with tomato … a sophisticated Spanish breakfast? This might surprise you but this is a very popular breakfast for millions of Spaniards… just plain and simple … bread and tomato. Pan tumaca is a recipe invented in Catalonia but according to the www it was probably brought there by Andalusian emigrants. There is just something about the Spanish, the Italians and the Greeks … they have a unique gift of turning the mundane into the fabulous and the dull into something truly delicious.

You see my very good friend chef Louis now lives in Spain – I was heartbroken when he moved to Castellón de la Plana near Valencia a few years ago – it felt like a part of me has gone with him. This past December we had the chance to meet up and spend a few magical days together. Just catching up again with him and his adventures was the most wonderful gift – to laugh, talk and cook together just like in the old days. Spain is now Lu’s new home and he gave me such insights about the real Spanish traditions and their infective passion for food.

The first breakfast of our holiday was this traditional Spanish breakfast – a slice of toasted bread + grated tomato + the best olive oil + maldon salt. No butter – just that. I was a little taken aback as Louis and I, given our collective South African heritage are kinda used to the big breakfasts… you know greasy fry-ups and perhaps even a mixed grill of sorts from the braai the night before… but after my first bite of this tapas-style-pan-tumaca, my anticipation for a sumptuous breakfast dissipated into complete contentment … I was converted! There was bliss to be found in its simplicity and the rudimentary sophistication of this dish.

tomato spanish dessert

However, with everything in life, Lu reminded me that there were a few good rules to follow …

• You can toast the bread if you like, but it is not compulsory
• The tomatoes must be red-ripe + fresh + plump
• Grate the tomatoes [that is what we did] – but the traditional way is to take the tomato and rub it over the one side of the slice of bread
• Use the best olive oil you can find or afford and drizzle over the tomato
• Use Maldon salt to finish the dish
• Some people like to rub garlic before adding the tomato to the bread
• And …Always cook with passion and love – no matter how basic the dish

… And there you have it. Olé!

grated tomato

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summer soiree + hangovers + the deconstructed bloody mary

summer soiree + hangovers + the deconstructed bloody mary

A hangover is the wrath of grapes. ~Author Unknown

deconstructed bloody mary, tapas

They say that a Bloody Mary cocktail can cure hangovers – I think we all need to know this before the silly season gets underway…. But does it work? Is it fact or mere fiction?  I decided to try this one out myself – so just last week with a very hectic social schedule filling my outlook calendar I decided it was a good time to plan a good hangover and test this myth or truth.  So I attended a social function where the wine was literally on tap…  (I booked  a driver to ensure that I made it home safely), went home and decided to finish off my little experiment by rounding the evening off with a few more whiskeys – just a couple of night caps you know.  I felt fabulous that evening – did a few dances for the hubby and went to bed.  The next morning not so fabulous … what on earth was I thinking?  I am no scientist…on cue though Rick woke me up with a Bloody Mary in bed! Thankfully it was Saturday morning, but whichever way you look at it … facing a cocktail concoction that that time of the morning can scare even a full-time professional drinker!   For some crazy reason, I had to finish what I started, so with eyes wide shut, I tilted the head and knocked-back the Bloody Mary thingy.   I lay about curiously waiting for this healing elixir to do its curative work.  An hour later, no change, I still felt 10 000 hammers in my head.  This Bloody Mary was clearly nursing somewhere else – or had taken the day off.  It was – and is in my opinion a myth.    I do know that  scientific experiments are verified by a series of tests, so to be fair I decided to take this test to the next level.

If the Bloody Mary did not do its work in a cocktail glass perhaps the sum of its ingredients would be a better tonic if they were deconstructed. I took a cherry tomato injected it with a few drops of green tobasco, then I took a short shot glass of vodka and placed it adjacent to a bowl of salt.

deconstructed Bloody Mary , tapas

The regimen is then to dip the tabasco infused tomato into the vodka and then douse it in the salt and pop it in your mouth.  I added a bean for some protein and then a celery stick for the more traditional version.  It is just so fab.

Did this cure my hangover? I reckon that you will have to go through quite a few kilos of   tomatoes before this deconstructed Bloody Mary will make some sort of dent on a decent hangover.

So my deconstructed Bloody Mary may not be the cure for hangovers but try it – it will definitely be the showstopper at your next summer soiree or cocktail party!

Roll on summer!

the deconstructed bloody mary
 
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Ingredients
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Vodka
  • Maldon salt
  • Green tobasco
  • Butter beans or celery sticks cut into 2.5cm pieces (optional)
  • Injection needle
  • Tooth pics
Instructions
  1. Inject a few drops of green tobasco into each tomato.
  2. String a tomato and a butter bean onto a toothpick. Repeat (depending on how many you want to ingest).
  3. Pour some vodka into a bowl and salt into a separate bowl.
  4. Now dip the tabasco infused tomato into the vodka and then douse it in the salt and pop it in your mouth.

 

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hot olives + baguette and the #hot-and-happening

hot olives + baguette and the #hot-and-happening

hot olives + baguette and the #hot-and-happening

Hot Olives – A few weeks ago I was on a business trip in the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, Guateng. The City of Gold has plenty of interesting foodie places well worth seeking out…Some colleagues and I ended up in a very interesting restaurant that serves both gossip and glitter to the well-heeled of Parkhurst and surrounds. We ordered a few small starters to share and one of them was hot olives with baguette. Never in my life would I have thought of heating olives in olive oil – isn’t that kind of like smuggling sand in the desert? Well, just so you know, this little starter tapas was so delicious. Heating the olives gives this stone fruit an undeniably new dimension. Dipping the fresh baked bread into the fragrant hot oil just seems to forge with the olives… leaving a most tantalizing taste….wash this down with some chilled wine and you could swear that you were sipping wines with the gods of ancient Greece!

It is just one of those really simple dishes you can make on the run or when guests come knocking unannounced…simple yet oh so sophisticatedly #hot-and-happening.

hot olives + baguette and the #hot-and-happening

hot olives + baguette and the #hot-and-happening

 

hot olives + baguette
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 150 ml Virgin olive oil
  • 1t Fresh rosemary (not chopped)
  • 1t Parsley - roughly chopped
  • 2 Red chillies chopped (I like it hot but you can leave the chillie out of the recipe if you are not fond of the fiery stuff)
  • 1 Garlic clove – finely sliced
  • 200g Kalamata olives
  • 1 Spring onion – chop the stalks and leaves
  • 1 Fresh baguette
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil, rosemary, chillies, parsely and garlic slowly in a pan for a 5 minutes minutes. Just to infuse the flavours with the oil.
  2. Add the olives and heat through for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the spring onion at the end, give it a good stir + serve with baguette.

 

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guava + camembert + beetroot-rhubarb-fig-balsamic chutney = easy delicious snack

guava + camembert + beetroot-rhubarb-fig-balsamic chutney = easy delicious snack

guava + camembert + beetroot-rhubarb-fig-balsamic chutney=easy delicious snack
At the recent Bloggers Indaba we received amazing goodie bags and one of the items in the giveaway was a Beetroot-Rhubarb-Fig-Balsamic-Chutney from Pick and Pay. I love rhubarb and figs and knew that I was going to love this chutney. Once back home, I tasted some of the chutney and it was just yummy. By chance there was also a punnet of beautifully ripe guavas staring at me from my fruit bowl on my kitchen table. I got thinking….one slice of ripe guava, a good chunk of camembert and topped with the chutney and coriander leaf or two. Wow…a kind of explosion of different, tropical tastes… again an unusual combination but oh so good…fresh and fun…you will be a fan too…try it!

I don’t have specific measurements or recipe – just buy the mentioned ingredients, poor yourself a glass of wine + slice + play + enjoy!

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