Earlier on, I felt like I was in a Tapas restaurant. Tapas basically means a wide variety of appetizers or snacks in a Spanish cuisine. This type of dining is said to have originated in Spain. Now a days, many restaurants of this nature are becoming popular.
The goal of this type of dining is to foster conversation and interaction among patrons or diners. As a result, small amount of foods are served in the form of hot or cold. Often time, diners combine all the small dishes and make them into one full meal. And, although I wasn’t thinking of same, that’s what I did. Ole!!
At lunch time, it seems like my palate was in that frame of mind. Thus, I fed the need. I did same by boiling a couple of hard-boiled eggs. These were then sliced length-wise and paired with bite-sized pieces of jalapeno pepper Jack and cheddar cheese,stuffed olives, tomatoes and whole-wheat crackers.
I had a few chicken wings seasoned with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper along with jerk seasoning (jerk seasoning is found in a jar in the ethnic aisle) along with crushed garlic. These were marinated overnight and brought to room temperature before cooking. They were then roasted in an oven at 380 degrees for 45 minutes. A glaze consisting of ketchup, a teaspoon of honey along with a little more jerk seasoning was brushed on wings close to the end of cooking time.
Simultaneously carrot slices, onions, and sweet potatoes were roasted on a baking sheet. These were drizzled with a little canola oil, a pinch of salt, along with cinnamon. Both chicken wings and root veggies were finished at the same time.
On the side, a cold salad was served. This was made up of creamy avocado(nature’s butter) and tomatoes along with bits of parsley. These were seasoned with a squeeze of fresh lemon, salt, and black pepper.
Lunch and supper were quite a treat. My palate and I will certainly revisit this tapas kind of thing. Gracias Espana!