Informal Tapas at home
Tapas is simply put, lots of little dishes that you can help yourself to and a lovely relaxed way to dine. Our favourite Spanish tapas dishes include King Prawns, Croquettes, Calamari, Patatas Bravas, Chorizo and Spanish meatballs. Often we'll enjoy tapas at home on a weekend with a nice bottle of red.
Dine with the locals
When in Spain you simply must dine with the locals at least once - after all, they know where all the best food is! Stuck for inspiration? Why not try one of these tapas bars in Madrid or Barcelona for starters. We dined in the most amazing Spanish restaurant just off Las Ramblas a few years ago. Communal dining was encouraged and everyone sat on wooden benches whilst drinking jugs of sangria and feasting on the rotisserie chicken that was periodically brought to our table. It's an experience that always sticks in my mind and I wish I remembered the restaurant name. If anyone recognises the restaurant from the picture above, please let me know.
Summer and Sangria go hand in hand for me and although it always tastes better when we're in Spain, we often make our own recipe in the warmer months at home using this recipe:-
I find traditional Paella very difficult and time consuming to cook at home. Whatever I do it just doesn't taste as authentic as the real thing. Apparently, there are a few tricks to creating a perfect Paella and choosing the correct rice and stock are key. I've given up re-creating Paella at home but will always share a dish when I'm in Spain.
Writing this post has left me craving a little bit of Spain and I'm going to pop out and shop for Tapas ingredients now. Alpha Rooms have created a Guide to Spanish Cuisine should you need any further inspiration, ideas or recipes. I'd love to hear if you have a favourite Spanish dish.