Sunday was my gourmet club get together. The theme was Spanish cuisine. I absolutely loved Spain and Spanish food, so I was very excited!
When I was an undergrad at UC Irvine, I studied Spanish in Spain for 2 months. Spain is a beautiful country with such kind and generous people. While in Spain, I lived in Granada with a host family and every morning my senora would get up early and make me breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice. She didn't just make my breakfast, she would bring the breakfast to my room to me. I felt so bad and told her she did not have to do that but she insisted, so eventually I would get up a little early so that I could go to the kitchen and have breakfast there instead. She was an excellent cook and also made lunch and dinner for me everyday. She made such delicious paella and other yummy dishes. It was such a wonderful experience to be able to live in Spain. I loved coming home for lunch and having a siesta, I loved being able to walk everywhere, I loved that strangers were so kind to me as I traveled by myself around Spain, and I love how forgiving and patient they were with my broken Spanish. I never did become fluent in Spanish, although I know enough to get by when people speak slowly.
I was very excited that our theme was Spanish cuisine. I decided try making one of my favorite tapa dishes. I decided to make Tortilla Espanola, also known as Tortilla de patatas or in English, Spanish Omelette. This recipe requires sliced potatoes, it was during the preparation process that I sliced my thumb. Ouch! This tapa was made with my blood and sweat.
For the recipe and more picture from my gourmet club go to my food blog, Rumbly Tumbly Treats.