A few weeks ago, we had a friend over for dinner — there was only one problem. We don’t have enough chairs to all sit at the dining room table, nor did we have a coffee table (we do now!), so any food that required big plates was out of the question.
The solution? Small bites.
So, here they are on our dining room table, from left to right (and sort of squiggly in order):
- homemade sangria on ice (we made it with lemon, oranges, lime, and apples – and strawberries? I can’t remember.)
- tortilla de patatas (we only have one non-stick fry pan, and it’s a big pan, so our tortillas come out super-skinny, but still delicious)
- manchego, feta, and chorizo (sweet, not spicy)
- mixed olives from the Healthy Living olive bar (my favorite are the bright green Catalán olives that are hot-pickled with chiles and celery)
- salted peanuts
- assorted Spanish sweets – candied fruits “bathed” in chocolate, and pine nut toffees
- smoked almonds
- fresh strawberries
- sweet yellow pear tomatoes and red cherry tomatoes
- zesty gazpacho
- pastelitos de gambas (shrimp pastries – Spanish-style egg rolls made with sauteed vegetables and two shrimps apiece – I learned how to make these when I worked for Paulino in Madrid)
- delicious soft rolls from A Taste of Europe
In the top of the photo you can just barely see a near-black sunflower peeking out — these were supposed to be crimson-colored and only 12″ tall, so I planted them in the front of the garden. This did not work out – they are taller than me.