I’m the one with the napkin over my face.
Taken by my friend Tomoko in June 2017.
Restaurante El Faro, El Puerto de Santa María.
Yes, World Cocktail Day is actually a thing, and it’s also today. I just found out this morning and, as luck would have it, I had plans to meet Peter for lunch at a “new” taquería (well, new to me) and well… it would’ve been rude not to. I had a margarita and Peter a paloma, which is like a margarita but made with grapefruit juice. Both were lovely. Did you partake today? I’m going to have to put this in my calendar. 🍸🍹🥃
Someone on Twitter mentioned butter dishes the other day and l found myself wondering why l didn’t have one. Well now l do (thank you winter sales!). And hello toast! 🍞
Wasn’t easy finding a butter dish here, reckon it’s not standard equipment in a Spanish kitchen. Also will be useless June-September. But I am happy for now. 🙂
Over the years I have come to realise that, as much as I love good food, I can only take so much of it. First of all it’s a physical thing. I mean, aside from when I eat the wrong food (for me), I honestly cannot eat very much at one sitting, which I think is due to the post-op adhesions. I’ve never really been a big eater, but now I can fill up after just a few bites (yes I know, I am massively FAT, and much of that is to do post-chemo and other health issues, but I’m not here to talk about that today).
And so! It’s become important for me to get in as much flavour and variety within those few bites. Which is why tapas are so perfect for me. You can order as many (or few) of these small dishes as you want, and it’s even better when I can share the tapas. In fact, I almost never eat a whole tapa on my own. And this, aside from the physical factor, leads to my belief that I have developed a kind of “food ADD” over the years. By which I mean that I can only concentrate on one dish for maybe one or two bites before I want to move on to something else. It’s always like “okay, that was great, what’s next?”.
So this just arrived! And it’s fabulous. But there is quite a story behind it. Back in August 2013 I was scrolling Twitter one evening and saw a tweet by Niamh @eatlikeagirl talking about needing to meet her Kickstarter goal in order to get her Bacon The Cookbook project going. If I recall correctly the deadline was that night. And well, I’d been following Niamh for quite awhile, and I also love bacon, so I decided to invest and hoped she reached her goal – which she did! Great. And for 30€ there was the promise of a copy of the book – if all went well we would be receiving our signed copies by Christmas. Which, well, obviously didn’t happen.
Thus began a series of group emails from Niamh to all of us investors, explaining the various glitches and upheavals (personal and professional) that were keeping her from completing the project. And at first I thought, okay, no problem. I mean, it’s a cookbook about bacon. I wasn’t going to die if I never got it. Also, I’d never done a Kickstarter thing before. I just figured it’s like any investment – you pays yer money and you takes yer chances. There are no guarantees. Continue reading