mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli
mordicai

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Tapas: to cover, from food placed over glass to keep fruit flies out.


(Photos by Melissa Sutherland.)

Tapas & Wine Pairing at The Oakridge Kitchen. We've previously had cookie making lessons & also a brunch session there, & like, Kira & Nino & Judy & Robert are my tribe, right? So all that out of the way! The cast & crew...well it was pretty lively, actually. Friend Donna was there, but everyone else was a newcomer. Some people from the Gym Cult, some of Nino's co-workers & Kira's former co-workers. There was live tweeting of the session? So let me just hit the rundown, before I lose steam. We got there & made some hors d'œuvres-- quince paste & cheese, sardines & pears, chorizo & grape & pâté and pepper & caper berry. That last one was the best of those: do you know about caper berries? They are something, a thing! We had warmed up with a little sangria, & then there was the first wine tasting-- the wines were really inexpensive, as in, if you liked them you could easily buy them all the time. They are realistic bottles in the $8 to $15 range. Starting with the Segura Viudas Cava. A little bubbly! Then we cooked up a Spanish Tortilla (like a frittata sort of) with spinach, currant, & pine nuts. Pine nuts! That is an ingredient to put in the next egg dish, for sure. Robert did a "chef flip" for the crowd, where with a twist of the wrist on the pan he turned it over. I liked the tortilla a lot. There were also Patatas Bravas-- fancy fried potatoes, which we promptly drenched in alioli (same thing as aioli), or the Romesco (red pepper sauce), or the Salsa Verde. Up next was more wine: Martín Códax Albariño, a white I liked a lot with the seafood! Oh seafood, right! Because then we made Shrimp & Scallop Empanadas. I am perhaps not the best maker of dumplings, but since we baked them rather than fried them, it worked out. There were also Piquillos Rellenos, which I neither helped with nor ate-- peppers, blech! Even though I did eat some peppers with the caper berry & pâté. Then, more wine! The sommelier was not shy about filling glasses, so there was wine flowing constantly, so what I mean was, another wine lesson. There was a last minute substitution & we ended up with Marques de Caceres Rioja. I think I like tannins in wine? There wasn't much to the red, though I liked it fine. Then the serious real deal entrees, even though we were starting to get kind of stuffed & kind of drunk-- I helped with the Ham Croquetas which were really fun to fry & really neat looking, with the panko crumbs. Also delicious. Then the Grilled Steak with Asparagus, Leeks & Carrots. The steak with the green sauce was really great. By that point we were all stuffed with food & drink, merry & saucy, & so we staggered to the train & rode it home with a guy wearing a Black Flash shirt who was kind of boorish. There had also been some kids in comic book shirts on the way in; guy in Superman t-shirt > guy in a Carnage t-shirt & guy in a Punisher t-shirt.
Tags: food, oakridge, wine
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments