Tapas, Tapas, Tapas.

Vegetarian TapasI recognize that for some folks, today is Halloween.
So Happy Halloween people!!
For the rest of us, one more day to go, so get your zoot suits, spandex tights and hooker boots ready.
Gotta be in tip-top shape for the big day because contrary to what they say…
Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year.And before you ask, I’m going to be the same thing I was last year; Harley Quinn.
If you follow me on Instagram, Instajizzle as I like to call it, you’ll get to see the full outfit.
Much as I want to post it on here, I have to remind myself what the scope of this blog is.
And sadly, Halloween party pics do not fit in.

Speaking of scope..
A week or so ago, I created a Blogging Lessons Learned page because I was up late and figured why the hell not.
It’s really just a compilation of all the things I’ve picked up from you guys but since I don’t wanna get too high up on my horse,
I would really appreciate it if you could pop over and review it when you get a moment.
Feel free to add in the things I forgot.

Oooook, so.

Tapas. Tapas. Tapas.
Love me some Tapas.

Not too long ago, a couple girls in my apt building asked me what I was doing for the football game on Sunday and if I wanted to go to a bar somewhere and watch it with them.
And by football, I mean football.
Not soccer..

I politely delcined because I had a ton of cleanup to do before Monday, especially since I didn’t do shit all weekend.
They looked kinda bummed when I told them this and frankly, so was I.
They’d asked me to hang out with them once before and I asked for a raincheck back then.
So feeling kinda guilty, I invited them  to come over to my apt instead and watch the game here.

As typical with all sport watching events, there’s gotta be food and booze.
I said if they brought the booze, I’d provide the food.

“We’re vegetarian but the way..”
I said no problem.

They did their part.
I did mine.
And so here you have it.

My version of gameday food.

Because these are tapas, there is no particular order to the recipe this time.
But a general rule of thumb is to cook the hot foods last.
For obvious reasons.

Tapas, Tapas, Tapas.

What I Used

A dozen Oysters. A bundle of Asparagus. 3-4 Assorted Bell Peppers. 7-8 Long Carrots. 2 cups Mint Leaves. 2 Apples. ½  Red Onion. 1 cup Chopped Cilantro. 2 Avocados. 1 cup Grape Tomatoes (halved). 2 Medium Cucumbers. Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper. Crushed Red Pepper.

What I Did

Grilled Carrots:
Turn on the broiler.
Peel the carrots.
tapas_recipesLine a baking tray with tin foil and place the carrots on it.
Drizzle the carrots with olive oil.
tapas19Sprinkle salt & pepper over them.
Place in broiler.
Cook until the carrots can be easily penetrated with a fork.
Remove from broiler.
Set aside somewhere warm.

Spicy Cucumbers:
Rinse and pat-dry the cucumbers.
Thinly slice them and place in a bowl.
what_to_do_with_cucumbersLightly drizzle olive oil over the cucumbers.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper & crushed red pepper.
Set aside.

Tomato Avocado Salad:
Halve the grape tomatoes.
Peel and chop the avocado into 1″ cubes.
Add tomatoes and avocado to bowl.
Avocado_salad_recipesLightly drizzle olive oil over them.
Season with salt & pepper.
To avoid the avocado browning: place in ‘fridge until ready to serve.

Basil Apples:
Seed the apples and cut into 1″ cubes.
Roughly chop the basil.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saute pan under med heat.
ideas_for_tapasAdd the chopped basil and apples to the pan.
Cook until the basil begins to wilt.
Remove from heat.
Lightly season with salt & pepper.
Set aside.

Cilantro Shrimp:
Rinse & Peel the shrimp.
tapas18Dice red onion & cilantro.
Add shrimp to a large bowl.
Add the onion, cilantro and a spalsh of olive oil, in too.
how_to_perfectly_cook_shrimp quick_shrimp_recipesSeason with salt & pepper.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Let shrimp marinate in the ‘fridge for at least 15 mins.
Place shrimp on tinfoil lined baking tray, being sure to keep them from touching.
Cook in oven for 5 mins or until shrimp starts to turn pink.
Flip shrimp to the other side and cook for another 2 mins.
Set aside.

Speared Asparagus:
Cut the asparagus 2 inches from the tip.
Discard the stems or save for another use.
Seed & thinly slice the bell peppers
Bring a small pot of salted water to boil.
Add the asparagus tips & sliced peppers.
Boil for 4 mins.
Blanch by removing the vegetables from the water and immediately placing them in ice cold water.
Drain and set aside, room temperature.

Shuck ’em.

Put everything out in the open and feast.

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49 thoughts on “Tapas, Tapas, Tapas.

  1. Seriously! SO good! Love tapas! There is an amazing restaurant in NYC called boqueria and I love going there. My favorite is dates wrapped in bacon, which is probably the worst thing there I could order but you only live once!

  2. This post is just fantastic!! And freaking gorgeous. I love the photos, but even more, I love the simple and clean way you’re preparing the food. I think tapas are the best way to go. This is how I usually eat at home because I have serious food ADD. Love it!

    1. Hahah!!
      Thank you so much!!
      It’s funny, looking back at this post, it really is clean eating. I didn’t even realize it when I was making it lol.
      And I’m like you when I eat out. I graze the menu. Order like 4 things and tell them to keep looking this way to catch my eye for the next item 😀

  3. Exactly, I wanted to say that too ” oh my GAAAAAD” 😀 I love tapas, so maybe you would like to cook for me this time?! Im not even asking you to hang out with me or play football, just cook for me pls 😀

  4. I loveeeee this post! I went to school in Boston and loved finding new Tapas restaurants. Annnnd Halloween iss the MOST wonderful time of the year!

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