Ola!! I’m a huge fan of all things Spanish, so it was only a matter of time before we embarked upon a TAPAS Pop Up and what a success it was! It was quite tough deciding which dishes to serve as there are so many tasty tapas dishes which are synonymous with Spain. I especially love seafood, so Calamari and Garlic Prawns were a must (and i knew these would go down well with our regular diners). And of course we had to start with a tasty Gazpacho. Sarah and I were a bit anxious as to whether we’d be able to get the best fresh ingredients to do this cold soup justice on a chilly October evening, but we needn’t have worried as it tasted superb – and if you’re one of those folks who thinks cold soup is gross….. don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!!
And we couldn’t have had a Tapas evening without Spanish Tortilla and Sarah did an awesome job preparing these. Each one was incredibly tasty with the onions and potatoes cooked to perfection. We served this alongside one of Sarah’s homemade Tomato Relishes which was truly divine and many compliments were given, rightly so too!
Next up was the Pimientos de Padron… which are small, green Spanish peppers and they’re cooked so simply – just fried in olive oil until the skins blister and then coated in the finest sea salt. I first had this dish in Majorca and it has stuck in my mind ever since, and we always track down a restaurant that serves them whenever we go to Spain. We had A LOT of trouble sourcing these little peppers…. but we found them in the end and they turned out brilliantly!
We used a mixture of Pork and Lamb mince and many Spanish flavours including Chorizo to create our own take on Spanish Meatballs. They went down so well with our lovely customers…. two tables even asked for seconds! And our final main dish was the Pork in Almond Sauce… it was incredibly tender and the rich Almond sauce went perfectly with it.
And of course we couldn’t have a Spanish evening without ending with a Crema Catalana….. a milk and cream pudding (similar to a Creme Brulee), but the milk and cream is infused with orange and cinnamon and then the it’s glazed so a hard, sugary crust is on top at the point of service. Sarah totally smashed this dish, the flavours were wonderful and it was the perfect way to end our Spanish evening!
Pimientos de Padron
Calamari / Courgette Fritters
Garlic Prawns / Garlic Mushrooms
Spanish Meatballs / Vegetarian Balls
Pork in Almond Sauce / Vegetarian Tombet
A few images from the night: