Tapas are Spanish dishes that are typically, small plates or appetizers meant to be shared amongst family and friends before dinner. Last week, we were lucky enough to get the full tapa experience. The students divided themselves into cooking teams with each team creating a different tapa. After they finished their cooking (and cleaning) they presented their tapa followed by my favorite part, eating! As the Mediterranean Diet is a key component of our program, it was important for the students to understand one of the main Spanish cuisines. As Pep taught everyone last week, joining in conversation is at the base of the Mediterranean food pyramid, therefore, tapas are a great way to make that happen. Below is the list of dishes that the students prepared. Now that they are experts at cooking them, I’m sure they would love to invite you for a dinner party!

Calamares fritos a la Andaluza (Deep-fried squid)

Gazpacho (chilled tomato soup)

Stuffed eggs

Montadito of Tuna-stuffed piquillo peppers

Pan con tomate or Pa amb tomàquet (Tomato-rubbed bread)

Tortilla de patatas or Tortilla española (Spanish omelette).