The weather is glorious in Ireland at the moment. I mean, really and truly glorious. Hot – and I am not talking Irish hot (ie. 17 degrees C), oh no! I am talking proper walk-your-kids-to-school-in-sandals-and-tshirt (and trousers of course) hot! no cardigan! Glorious!!!!
Sunshine makes you feel better, more alive, full of energy. We do more when the sun is shining (my garden has been transformed in a week!). Food also tends to be different when the weather is good. I am always looking for something lighter, fresher, less complicated. Anything that would helps me get the food ready quickly and back outside to soak up as much Vitamin D as we can.
I guess that, as a good Spaniard, I love tapas, pintxos… a large variety of small quantities of food to share. Mix and match. It is my favorite way to eat. In the Basque Country we do pintxos rather than tapas. Pintxos are a small, individual snacks eating at the bar while hanging out with friends. They usually come on a slice of bread and spiked with a tooth pick. Bars tend to have on display an enormous variety of pintxos and Mr B and I spend our summers tasting every single one of them… for research purposes obviously… 😉
This DIY pintxo is easy to put together, full of flavor and perfect for sharing. Perfect for when you have people coming over to the house for drinks. It requires minimum effort and it provides maximum satisfaction. And if you team this with the Rosemary Roasted Almonds your friends will love you forever and ever and ever.
You will need:
- A jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- Serrano Ham
- Manchego cheese
- Crusty bread
Blend the whole jar of sun-dried tomatoes in their oil to make a lovely paste perfect for spreading on the bread. This paste is amazing with anything: pasta, sandwiches, soups, salad dressings…. just yum!
Open the packet the Serrano Ham and cut the Manchego cheese and the bread into thin slices.
Make it look pretty on a board – very important!
Now, let’s get eating. This is self-asemble, DIY, so there are no rules. It’s a mix and match.
I particularly like spreading the sun-dried tomato paste on the bread and topping it up with cheese or ham.