tapas

Roasted red pepper, eggplant, cod salad, Mama ía blog

Roasted Red Pepper, Eggplant and Cod —or Esgarraet

Roasted red pepper, eggplant, cod salad, Mama ía blogI don’t know in which category exactly to place esgarraet, salads or appetizers/tapas. Esgarraet is a dish typical of the Valencian community, and very often it is served as a tapa, on top of a slice of crusty bread, or grilled or toasted bread. It consists of roasted red peppers, salt cod, garlic and olive oil, and in some areas of (more…)

Fresh white anchovies in vinegar, Mama ía

Fresh White Anchovies in Vinegar, Boquerones en Vinagre

Fresh white anchovies in vinegar, Mama íaI have to warn you about this post: if fish is not your thing, particularly the way it comes out of the sea, then stop right here. Don’t keep reading. Don’t scroll down. The images might hurt your sensibility.

I once had a colleague, my counterpart in England (in a previous “life” I used to work in Madrid for a British (more…)

Patatas bravas, Mama ía

Patatas Bravas, on Every Tapas Menu

Patatas Bravas, Mama íaThis post is for my older sons. In honor of them, yes, of course. But more than that, to quiet their disappointment. You see, I have been posting on Mama Ía blog for months, the food of Spain, but also the dishes I’ve been cooking in America for years, the Spanish way. Yet for my sons, cooking Spanish is cooking the traditional (more…)

Olivada and Smoked Salmon Spread

Olivada and Smoked Salmon Spread, Spain and Canada on toast

Olivada and Smoked Salmon SpreadAppetizers are a wonderful invention. So much so that, in Spain, we have created a new category of dish called tapa, or pincho, or montadito (the name changes depending on the region of Spain you’re in) based on small plates, equivalent to what in America we would call appetizers. Tapas can be so flavorful that we like to (more…)

Shrimp fideuá, mama ía blog

Fideuá in Washington DC

I thought by the time I wrote my first post on this blog, all the tabs in the navigation bar would be filled with information. But that hasn’t happened (yet), and I just couldn’t wait! I’ve been writing and collecting family recipes for years—of course also preparing them!—, and the many notebooks and binders where they now sit were starting to burst at the seams. (more…)