Instant tapas

Posted on: 1st December, 2015

Category: A Flavour of West Cork

Contributor: Karen Austin

I’ve been thinking about what to write for this Christmas edition and decided that, as the garden is just about asleep, I would go to the store cupboard for inspiration. We always have a jumble of canned beans, tuna, anchovies, tomatoes and the like on our shelves, which are very handy for emergency tapas and instant dinners. I got to appreciate the versatility of preserved food after spending time in Barcelona. The Spanish are masters of ‘conservas’ – canned or bottled food and make an amazing array of tasty tapas. The instant aperitif is an art the Spanish have perfected. We used to frequent one bar where all the tapas were made from cans and jars, high class cans and jars mind, montages of different tastes and colours. It’s surprising what can be done with very little effort.

Here are a couple of recipes for ‘instant’ tapas followed by a fairly instant dinner that we make from our pantry. The ingredients are very simple which makes it important that they are of the best quality.

 

Sardine Toasties

Ingredients:

1 can sardines, in oil

2 small red onions, peeled and chopped

1-2tbs lemon juice

50-75mls olive oil

salt and black pepper

1 ripe red tomato

a little fresh parsley

crackers or little toasts to serve

 

Method:

Drain the sardines and put into a food processor or blender with one onion and the sherry or sake. Buzz until fairly smooth then drizzle in the olive oil until you have a smooth paste. Stir in the lemon juice and taste. Season with salt and black pepper

Cut the tomato into slices. Discard the seeds then dice the remaining flesh. Toss together with some chopped red onion, parsley and salt then dress lightly with a little olive oil and lemon juice.

Put a little sardine mix onto crackers or small toasts and pile a little tomato on top.

 

Artichoke Tapenade

Ingredients:

1 jar artichokes in oil – drained

2 heaped tbs pitted green olives

1tbs capers – rinsed

2 cloves garlic

lemon juice – about 1tbs

3tbs extra virgin olive oil

 

Method:

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whizz everything together.

Serve on crackers or toasts.

 

Tuna and Caper Carbonara

This dish doesn’t get any prizes in the beauty department – it’s a bit blonde, but it tastes great and whenever we make this for guests they want the recipe – quite a good recommendation!

We usually eat it this with pasta shells or penne, something to catch the sauce.

Ingredients:

500g pasta

1 medium large onion, peeled and chopped

200g canned tuna – the best you can find

100mls olive oil

1 glass white wine

100mls vegetable stock

3tbs capers – rinsed well

juice of 1 lemon

3 egg yolks

100mls cream

 

Method:

Put a large pan of water to boil for the pasta.

Heat a medium frying pan, add the olive oil and then the onion. Fry on a medium heat for roughly five minutes, until the onion softens and becomes translucent. Tip in the tuna and gently flake it with a fork.

Turn up the heat and add the wine, allow it to bubble briefly then add the vegetable stock, lemon juice and capers.

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Don’t forget to add salt to the cooking water.

Let the sauce cook gently whilst the pasta cooks. The sauce should thicken, if it’s very runny increase the heat until it reduces.

Whisk the egg yolk together with the cream in a cup or small bowl.

When the pasta is cooked drain it onto a colander set over the serving bowl – this will heat the bowl. Tip the water out of the bowl and put the pasta in. Pour the sauce over the pasta, give it a quick mix then drizzle in the egg and cream stirring continuously until well mixed.

We are kicking into Christmas mode at LKP with the baking. The puds are on the go and the mincemeat’s ready for mince tart production. I’ve had fun experimenting and we have come up with a new Christmas cake, a clementine fruitcake. It’s moist, fruity and gluten-free so if you fancy a tasty cake let us know and we’ll bake you one.

Next year’s cooking schedule is ready. We are doing a series of classes in the spring if anyone is interested. Check our website for the full list.

Gift vouchers for the classes and the shop are available

Enjoy the festivities and our very best wishes for the coming New Year

Karen

Lettercollum Kitchen Project, 22 Connolly Street, Clonakilty. karen@lettercollum.ie, www.lettercollum.ie, www.lettercollumkitchenproject.wordpress.com.

Latest News Articles:

Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads
Clonakilty Access Group AGM hears of many frustrations and challenges for people with disabilities in the town
Schull student scoops top invention award at BT Young Scientist
Schull Garda Station wins ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ award from Road Safety Authority
Go quackers at the 2018 West Cork Bird Race
Bandon in danger of losing its youth café
Local professionals invited to Anam Cara information pack launch
Bandon Transport and Public Realm Enhancement Plan shortlisted for Irish Planning Awards
Christmas on the beat

Join us on Facebook

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
... See MoreSee Less

20th February, 2018  ·  

Did you know..... ... See MoreSee Less

Main course

17th February, 2018  ·  

Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1jc2tlH75Q
... See MoreSee Less

16th February, 2018  ·  

Vikings talk in Clonakilty!

“The Viking Gold and Silver Hoards from County Cork” is the topic of the next Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage lecture on Thursday 22nd at the Parish Centre starting at 8pm.

It will be delivered by John Sheehan, senior lecturer in the Archaeology Department, UCC and a former member of the Heritage Council and the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

The Vikings were an important presence in Ireland for over two centuries. As well as inflicting great terror they were also responsible for introducing urbanism and new economic systems to the country.

In this talk the focus will be on the economy, looking at the gold and silver hoards that were buried in Co. Cork. It will also explore how these hoards were discovered, what happened to them, and where they are now!
... See MoreSee Less

15th February, 2018  ·  

Bandon Toastmasters is a club that helps people overcome Glossophobia, a fear of public speaking. The club is holding a night of inspirational and motivational speakers on February 22 that is a must for anybody wishing to overcome this phobia.
Tickets can be purchased either on the club's facebook page or through eventbrite.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/bandon-toastmasters-presents-ignite-your-potential-tickets-41871052445?aff=es2
... See MoreSee Less

13th February, 2018  ·  

Jump to:

Top