After all these years my farm gene is evolved to the point of morning routines after coffee resembling farm like chores. And this morning as I make my way around our property I quickly notice our dogs poo! She kicks it here and there as in this piece, you take that, and that piece you need to be at least two feet away! And then I’m sure she just walks away without a care or wonder as to how it all got cleaned up. Once again I walk to the opposite end of our property. In this section is housed my garden shed, fish ponds, raised vegetable beds and small orchard. I now retrieve the rake and dog like shovel.
An aaaaha moment? Why not harvest a few crops and start the morning off by making tapas. Tapas! And why not just eat only tapas this week? Sort of an experiment in my “how to make tapas” moment.
In a shorter time than it takes for me to write this I can tell you all you need to know about tapas. First, the word in Spanish means “cover” or a lid. Don’t know what was covered but, let’s assume bread was involved. And also let’s assume some wine drinking is also involved. If you like where this is going then read on. Now let’s also make sure we have some marinated olives, artichoke hearts, “tomatoes, green peppers and egg-plant too”. For the meat lovers let’s NOW go buy some cured ham, chorizo sausage and anything else I can’t find at home. Got it. Trader Joe’s pizza dough. Why? Because the best tasting tapas will involve some type of bread and it is also the staple food of the Spanish. Tapas without bread is a rare thing. And according to Patti Trader Joe’s pizza dough will allow me to make the chorizo bread pockets and artichoke and pimento flatbread. I.e. Spanish equivalent of say a “pizza”. Or, you could skip the Trader Joe’s and make your own bread dough.
Almost 3 cups of white bread flour
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
3/4 cup of warm water
3 tbsp olive oil
I now picture me mixing it all together with my hands. Then I begin to spread the doughy mess onto the counter that continues spreading until the loose flour has touched almost the entire length of the kitchen. Suddenly I’ll break out a bottle of wine to block any ill gestures or words spoken when she sees the mess that she will swear I am never capable of cleaning. Even though she knows perfectly well that sometime in my professional life I donned Level IV personal protective equipment and capable of cleaning up a hazardous waste site. O.k. o.k. Back to the wine. Pour yourself a glass or two and forget all about the clean up or shopping; then send her to Trader Joe’s to buy the still missing ingredients like:
Trader Joe’s pizza dough
Spanish olive oil
Active dry yeast
Red bell peppers
I don’t yet have pictures to share with you so, I’ll leave you with my first and second attempt at making the most basic of tapas. The Allioli – the Spanish words means garlic and oil. all i oli
4 tbsp of mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 tbsp Spanish extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix it all together, cover and chill for about an hour. For variations add things like capers, to another add herbs, to another add spinach leaves. Salud!