Fabada Asturiana

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Here’s a first of what will hopefully be a series. I like to research recipes from all over the world and replicate as best I can at home. This weekend I was inspired as we walked past a nearby Spanish Delicatessan, Spandeli in Hackney and picked up a “Fabada kit” which is hearty bean stew originating from Northern Spain. The kit consists of a piece of pancetta, morcilla and a chorizo sausage. I had some fava beans sitting in the cupboard from the last attempt (over a year ago!) and just needed to bolster the dish with some more pork (I chose pork belly on […]


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Escocesa means Spanish in English. I looked it up on their site and thought it was quite clever 🙂 I lost track of the rest of the story but essentially I think we’re eating a fusion of Scottish and Spanish tapas. Or probably more accurately Scottish seafood prepared in a Spanish way so not fusion-ey as the name initially implied… but maybe that’s a good thing! We’re a group of 4 and I manage to get left in charge to order for the table… Miso favourite task! I feel particularly in the mood for oysters, pan con tomate (a new favourite), octopus, squid, prawns and […]

José Tapas Bar

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Finally made it back here for a quick bite of tapas late on a bank holiday Monday.  Had been out all day in the sun so all we needed was something very relaxed with minimal fuss so this was ideal. Luckily it wasn’t so busy so only had to wait a short while for a couple of stools with a glass of house red in hand. Once seated we still weren’t ready as we basically wanted everything on the menu… guess we were more hungry than we initially anticipated.  I ordered some padron peppers and pan con tomate to keep hunger at bay.  They arrived […]

El Ganso

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I stopped here for a cheeky little snack on a sunny Friday evening. Really need to come back in a bigger group as naturally tapas are made for sharing and a lot of things on the menu looked very tempting. I had to excercise restraint in only ordering 2 dishes as I had a dinner booked in a couple of hours. I opted for the Padron Peppers and Calamari. I knew from an earlier visit to a Spanish delicatessan that the peppers were in season so felt compelled to order them and they didn’t disappoint. The calamari was well executed in a light crispy batter. […]