A lovely tour of vegetarian tapas with @Barcelonawinebar in West Hartford

Tapas.  Are.  Delicious.  Vegetables, executed correctly, are delicious.  These are two of my favorite things.  But before we delve into their culinary delights, let’s examine a third of my favorite things: BEETHOVEN

Beethoven Rocks

Ludwig.  Van.

Do I get more excited to listen to Beethoven I would for many contemporary musical options?  Maybe.  I’m a giant nerd, hold your judgement.  Or if, like me, the musical genius of this great composer sings to your soul, then join me at the Bushnell to listen to the Hartford Symphony’s performance of Bold Beethoven from November 5-7, directed by accomplished pianist William Eddins.  I am deeply appreciative to the symphony for providing me with tickets – which are also available for purchase here.  Ah yes, yes, indeed.

And, back to tapas.

Spanish tapas, of course.  Traditionally executed at Barcelona Wine Bar – who are kind enough to be within walking distance of my home, dedicated to authentic presentation of well executed and classical Spanish favorites, and kind enough to invite me to many of their events.  Here’s a mini-calendar – I’ll be at the Black Hog Brewing one and also commandeering their Facebook page for the night, which is neat:

Wines of Catalunya on November 10th

Black Hog Brewing Dinner on November 19th

Thanksgiving Dinner, Barcelona style, on November 24th

The cooking class took place in the dining room adjacent to the bar, with Executive Chef Eric Stagle guiding us through a range of easy to follow recipes:

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Simple to replicate at home – and I have a recipe to prove it

Chef demonstrated cooking techniques for four different dishes:

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Fried brussels sprouts with picked red onions and pimenton

spanish omelette

Sweet potato tortilla (not pictured but here is the traditional spanish tortilla which I often order and is also delish)

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Braised chicken thigh with pureed butternut squash 

and, last but not least

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Churros.  Delicious churros.  With chocolate dipping sauce.

For those playing at home, here is the sweet potato tortilla recipe.

Sweet potato tortilla
10 eggs
1 large sweet potato
2 onions
1 qt. olive oil
Peel and julienne your onions put about 1/2 an onions worth to the side.
Sauté the rest of the onions on low heat until very soft
Heat Olive oil while you peel your sweet potato. Cut potato in half the long way and then cut into 1/4″ slices.
Salt your sweet potatoes and the 1/2 julienned onion you had reserved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Poach the sweet potatoes in the olive for about 10 minutes. Don’t over cook them.
Crack your eggs into a bowl while potatoes cook. Salt your eggs
Add cooked hot sweet potatoes and soft cooked onions to your egg mixture.
In a non stick pan that is on medium high heat put a little olive oil in the pan. Add your egg potato mixture to non stick pan and turn to low. Cook for 10 minutes and the finish in a 250* oven
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