Monday, January 20, 2014

Spanish Fare for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Yesterday I presented the following recipes for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy on the theme of Spanish Fare.  I chose these because they are so versatile and easy to make.

Bonnie Tulloch, Education Coordinator for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, presented on various plants indigenous to Spain, used in the cuisine.  Kelly Burton, of the MLCC, presented lovely beverage pairings with each course.
Moorish Almond Cookies.  Photo by Karen Peters

Reception Beverage:  Villa Conchi Cava, Spain, $13.99

1. Black olive Tapenade
Paired with Corazon Loco Tino, Spain, $12.88  (Really wonderful and paired each dish as well!)

1 cup black olives, pitted
� cup softened sun dried tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
� (+) cup Olive oil
Pepper, to taste

Blend all ingredients to a paste in a processor. Adjust seasoning to taste. Use on crackers, baguettes, stuffed in meats, etc.


2. Spanish Smoked Paprika Shrimp
Paired with Juan Gil Moscatel, Spain, $13.99, perfect with the Shrimp!

1 lb peeled, wild caught shrimp
1 tbs butter
Drizzle olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
Pinch sea salt

Heat butter and oil in saut� pan. Add shrimp and toss well. Add garlic and then paprika. Serve with bread when shrimp is firm and pink. 
3. Spinach and Parmesan Frittata
Paired with El Petit Bonhomme Blanco, Spain, $13.99

3 Tbsp. olive oil
6 eggs
3 thinly sliced potatoes
1 cup (1/2 lb.) chopped raw spinach
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
pinch grated nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350�. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except oil.Heat oil in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet on the stove.  Pour egg and potato mixture in skillet and cook over medium heat for 5-7  minutes. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until top is set. Cut into wedges and serve.


4. Almond Cookies (Moorish)
Paired with Malamado Malbec Mendoza, Argentina, $23.99 (Really a gorgeous fortified wine)
1 cup butter
� cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups presifted flour
� tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts (can use pecans or almonds)

*Note, if mixture dry and crumbly, add egg and/or a bit more butter.  Depends on humidity.

Cream butter, add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.  Add vanilla, flour and salt.  Mix well.  Add in nuts.  Use 1 tsp � 1 tbs, depending on the size of crescent or cookie that you prefer, to shape in hands to make the crescents.  Bake on ungreased sheet at 325�F for 30 minutes.  Roll in icing sugar while warm. 

These cookies take time to make but look and taste good.  They freeze well but do not pack well.