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i THE SPAIN EVENT: FOOD
To sustain the non-stop night-life enjoyed by the Spanish, you need a constant supply of tapas. Sue Wilson savours a few ofthese mini-meals and reports on their increasing popularity in Scotland.
Perhaps more than any other nation. the Spanish have mastered the art of the snack. While we benighted Brits munch on crisps and Mars bars to stave off those mid-morning or late-afternoon hunger pangs. the Spaniards stroll down to their local tapas bar to partake of anything from olives to marinaded oysters over a glass of beer or dry sherry. ‘Over’ is historically the correct word. in fact. since ‘tapa’ translates as cover or lid. and the tapas tradition supposedly developed from the custom of serving a slice of bread or cured meat with a drink. placed over the glass to keep ﬂies out.
It’s not easy to define precisely what tapas are. since the word refers more to a style ofeating than to a
type of food. Virtually any savoury comestible which lends itself to
nibble-sized portions and is easily eaten with fingers. toothpick or fork
can be served as tapas. They can range from a slice of spicy chorizo sausage with bread to elaborate concoctions involving quail. truffles. frogs‘ legs or baby eels. In Spain. tapas are eaten primarily as an
I appetiser before a main meal.
although it‘s a moot point whether the practice developed to sustain people during the long hours
between mealtimes or the late eating hours evolved to accommodate the
tapas tradition. A selection of tapas. though. can easily add up to a fairly substantial lunch. and most places
I also serve larger portions of tapas dishes. known as raciones. They are
mainly eaten as an accompaniment
to drinking. rather as we eat peanuts in a pub — it’s rare in Spain for people
I Oddblns All Oddbins branches will be featuring a selection of fine malt whiskies. including Oban. Talisker and Lagavulin. at their Saturday afternoon tastings (30 November and 7 December). The perfect way to find out which one to splurge on forthe old man this
making yourown Christmas cake. pudding and mince pies. all of which are on sale here. you can buy spicy anise and biberle honey biscuits from Switzerland. sweet almond. butter or cinnamon pastry from the Netherlands. or Liegnitzer honey dough cakes filled with marzipan. currants and sultanas from eastern Germany. Other
booking those office Christmas parties. There is still room in the spacious. newly refurbished Queen's Hall restaurant. which is serving a four-course Christmas dinner from 9—24 December. For £15a head. choose between carrot and ginger soup. crispy Camembert and rcdcurrant sauce. melon and kumquat cocktail and smoked haddock and
Christmas— orjust a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
IJunkanoo 111 Hope Street. Glasgow. 041 248 7102. For a festive lunch (£13.50) or dinner (£15.50) with a Spanish ﬂavour. you should call Junkanoo. which is takIng bookings for the period Mon 2—Tue 24 Dec.
I Bridges Cake Shop Princes Street. Edinburgh. The Balmoral pastry chefs are taking
advantage of the season to
display their talents in a whole range oftraditional
Christmas baking. As well I as saving yourself the pain
(and the pleasure) of
European specialities include Balmoral stollen. chocolate-coated Spitzcuchen. and showy chocolate or gingerbread
Hansel and Gretel houses.
£5.60 will buy you a llb Christmas cake or 21b Dundee. a marzipan stoilcn (about llb and brick-sized) is £4.70. ten gingerbread men are £1.50. and mince pies 25p each. From December. the shop will be open 11am—4pm on Sundays and offering a home delivery service at a charge of£l .75 per order. I The Queen’s Hall Restaurant Clerk Street. Edinburgh. 031 668 3456. Time is running out for
parsley pate — and that's
. just for starters.
I Pappa‘s GraatAmerlcan Eat: Lid 7 Victoria Street. 225 7306. Thurs 28 Nov,
- bpmcocktailbar.8pm dinner.Thisvcryncw
: arrival on the Edinburgh food scene is hosting an
party complete with ‘pilgrim‘ corn chowder,
; roast turkey with candied . yams. corn fritters and -‘ cranberrysauceand
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pumpkin pie. Prior booking only. £15 includes a glass of sparkling wine and a liqueur: children £8.
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