Tapas. Those tasty sharing dishes that we just can’t get enough of, particularly in Bristol it seems, as more and more tapas restaurants pop up in our fair city. But why do we love it so much?
According to The Joy of Cooking, this is why tapas got its name. Derived from the Spanish verb tapar ‘to cover’, tapas evolved from slices of bread and ham used to cover Andalusians’ sherry and protect it from flies between sips. Thankfully we don’t really have that problem in the UK and tapas has evolved a lot since then!
Not every cuisine allows you to try every dish on the menu without the waiter looking at you like you are crazy! There is something about leaning over each other and grabbing a bit of this and a bit of that that makes tapas so appealing and unusual!
The distinctive Spanish flavours like smoky paprika, rich tomato and chorizo are certainly one of the main appeals for us. Not to mention the olives, manchego cheese and calamari – drool!
Whatever the reason, it seems we are all agreed on something – we love tapas!
Our favourite dishes?
- A classic patatas bravas – crispy potatoes, rich tomato sauce – you really can’t go wrong!
- Chorizo in red wine – the juices are perfect for mopping up with some crusty bread
- Gambas – big juicy, spicy, garlicy prawns – delicious!
Cooking tapas for friends can sometimes seem daunting, but it is really easy when you know how – we promise! Join us for our tasty tapas class on 30th October to find out for yourself!