Tapas experimentation at the Mediterranean Food Company


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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7 Responses

  1. Barbara says:

    If only Auckland offered such well priced demo’s!

  2. Caroline says:

    I know Barbara, I was amazed at the price! Especially, as I discovered on the night, that $20 covered a couple of glasses of wine along with substantial tastings of each of the eight dishes that Nik prepared. I must admit that I did end up spending another $10 on some good tinned tomatoes and tinned new potatoes to use in Tapas experiments, as well as a big bag of those yummy (although Italian) Amaretti biscuits. I just had to steer myself away from the Spanish wine section!

  3. Cuz Carina says:

    I have always been wary of most tinned vegetables. Probably an irrational fear, but the only ones I can handle are tomatoes (of course) and artichokes. Will you let me know how the tapas with tinned potatoes go, and if there are other tinned vegetables that are good?

  4. Neva says:

    Bring on the tapas recipes! My favourite meals are those where i can pick at lots of little dishes so ive always wanted to make tapas – what has put me off is the thoughts of perparing lots of little dishes!Can you give some advice on a selection that would be good for sharing with friends and lots of wine but not leave me sweaty and irritable at the cooker?

  5. Caroline says:

    Carina: being a potato-hater for years, I was amazed to discover that I really liked the tortilla that Nik made with the tinned new potatoes so I grabbed a few on my way out the door so I could try it at home. Although I haven’t – yet!

    Neva: the food that we got during the demo was my perfect supper. Lots of little dishes, with pauses in between, and I was the only one at my table who liked olives so the marinated ones that Nik prepared didn’t even have to be shared! I’m definitely going to do a piece on Tapas soon and will let you know when it’s up. And it’s not all about preparing little dishes – I think the easiest way of doing it is to make a big dish of something and then just serve it in little dishes.

  6. Nik Mavromatis says:

    Hi this is Nik from Mediterranean Foods in Christchurch. I have just been doing a new website for us at http://www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz and was wondering if you could replace the links. Hope Ireland isnt too cold ( it was 38 here yesterday! too hot!) and let us know when you are back in townCheers Nik

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi NikDo you know that you have become well known in my family? My mother is still amazed that you actually got me to eat potatoes! (You can read more about my former hatred of potatoes here). After your tapas class I made thattortilla several times and quickly progressed to the stage that I’ll eat them in anything, done any way. 30 years my mother spent trying to interest me in potatoes and you did it in a couple of very interesting and entertaining hours. Are you still running classes at Mediterranean Foods?I’ve updated that link for you now. Will be sure and call in when I’m next back in Christchurch. Caroline

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