little bites

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.

Tapas…. =)

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.


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