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Tapas and Tinis Party

Spanish omelet

Are you ready for an evening of fun?

Invite some friends over at the last-minute and you can have an instant "Tapas and Tinis Party" in less than 30 minutes flat. Really! If the end of the world is supposed to happen on this Friday, then you don't want to spend needless time prepping for a party...Heck I am not even going to clean the house.

Spanish omelet

Tis the season to be jolly and Tapas and Tinis are a sure fire way to get the party going. In Spanish, a 'tapa' is a 'lid' or 'cover'. In the early days of tapas, a slice of cheese or ham was given with your drink and placed over your drink. There is some debate over why exactly this was done and nor in the ancient days do I really want to know why... However, I am so happy this little tradition started. "Tinis" is an abbreviation for a martini cocktail.

Spanish omelet

Tapas can be eaten any time of the day as long as it comes with a drink. Great news for you as I have you covered with some delicious "Tinis" or martini ideas as well to keep all of your guests (adults and kids) happy.

Spanish omelet

A tortilla Espanola also known as a Spanish omelet is a delightful blend of potatoes, eggs, cheese, chorizo and seasonings. This tasty dish can be eaten hot out of the oven or at room temperature. In addition, this little tapas is also gluten-free. Just the list of ingredients lets you know this is a teenager friendly dish.

Spanish omelet

Teenagers must have hallow legs as where do they put all of that food. Daily food shopping is something that is required here in Hong Kong as we have to rely on public transport and we have to carry everything home like Sherpas. However, when you have hungry teenagers even this is not enough. Food evaporates into thin air. If it is not nailed down, it is gone.  My refrigerator and pantry were so empty that they made a loud echo with the squeak of the door due to the large hallow area inside. In scarce times like this, the tortilla Espanola is the perfect low maintenance tapas for when your refrigerator and cupboards look like Mother Hubbards.

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)

Serves 8-10 as an appetizer or 2 hungry teenagers

  • 8 medium potatoes (peeled and chopped into large cubes)
  • water to boil potatoes
  • 75 grams chorizo sausage chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • olive oil
  • 6-8 beaten eggs (depends on size of eggs and iron skillet)
  • 75 grams of grated Cheddar or Manchego cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional (roasted red peppers, jamon)
  • hot sauce or red sauce (optional)

Step 1: Boil your potatoes for about 10-12 minutes or just until fork tender. Drain and set aside

Step 2: Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius or 375 F.

Step 3: In a frying pan place about a tablespoon of olive oil, chopped chorizo and chopped onion and cook about 3 minutes or until the onion caramelizes (If you wanted to add roasted red peppers or jamon or other items they would be added at this time)

Step 4: Grease your iron skillet with olive oil on the bottom and all sides (very important step). I used a paper towel to do this. (If you do not have an iron skillet ,either use a pan or plate that can go safely from the top of the stove and then into the oven)

Step 5: Place you iron skillet on the stove top and heat up on medium heat. Add cooked potatoes, spread on top cooked onions and chorizo mixture. Season beaten eggs with salt and pepper to your liking and pour on top of the potato, onion and chorizo mixture. Then finally top with shredded cheese. Cook on top of stove just until it starts to set up and then pop into the oven for another 5-8 minute or just until the egg mixture sets up and the top of the Spanish omelet is golden brown.

Step 6: Let your omelet rest for just a minute or so and run a knife around the edges of the omelet. Place a plate larger than your pan over the top of your Spanish omelet and carefully invert your pan upside down to release the omelet.

Step 6: Serve Tortilla Espanola with a delightful Tinis (recipe to follow), side of olives and an easy greens salad with rocket (arugula) in a simple vinaigrette. Enjoy a simple no fuss gathering with family and friends.

Agua de Valencia' Martinis Recipe (Adults only)

Recipe adapted from label on Smirnoff Vodka.

Serves one Adult and no kids....

  • Juice of one fresh orange
  • 1 shot of Gin
  • 1 shot of Vodka
  • Pinch of sugar (or alternative sugars such as stevia, optional)
  • ice
  • Cava (or Champagne,sparkling wine, Prosecco) to top it off
  • garnish with oranges

Step 1: Add juice of orange, gin, vodka, few ice cubes and pinch of sugar into a martini shaker and shake well. Strain out ice and pour into a chilled martini glass.

Step 2: Top off martini with a splash of Cava (or Champagne, sparkling wine, Prosecco) and garnish with oranges. Enjoy!

Agua de Valencia' Martinis Recipe (Kid Friendly Version)

Makes 1 Virgin Martini for the kids and teenagers

  • juice of 2 fresh oranges
  • pinch of sugar (or alternative sugar such as stevia, honey,depends on how sweet your oranges are etc)
  • ice cubes
  • Sparking apple juice
  • garnish of fresh orange slices

Step 1: Add orange juice, ice and a pinch of sugar into martinis shaker and shake well.

Step 2: Strain orange juice mixture into a chilled martini glass, top off with sparkling apple juice and garnish with orange slices. Enjoy!



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Tapas and Tinis Party

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December 19, 2012

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  • Going to try this on Christmas morning….looks delicious

    • Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy this easy treat. Take care of your self little mama. Congratulations and wishing you a restful holiday. Take care, BAM

  • This all sounds wonderful and I like the idea of not cleaning the house. Lets just have a party!

    • Dear Bernice, I cannot guarantee that we are not have to clean on Saturday but just the thought of procrastination was quite nice. Have a super holiday week. Take care, BAM

      • ha ha. That is funny. It is always good to dream! And you too have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

  • Mouth-watering dishes…sure you had fun…

  • Zoe

    Will keep this fantastic recipe in my mind if I need such a great dish to serve for my party 😀

    • Zoe, if you need an easy dish to pass or are hosting a gathering this is perfect for these busy holidays. It can even be served at room temperature so it can be made in advance. However, I prefer it hot out of the oven. Happy holidays to you.

  • Perfect Combination – love it!

  • I think a jug full will go down well!

    • Tandy, Belated Happy anniversary to you! Here is a toast to you. BAM

  • Eha

    Tinis – not interested: sip too fast!! Tapas of all kinds at any time of day: oh yes!! And yes, methinks I’ll add the jamon 🙂 !

    • Hello Eha, I think next time I will make one with roasted red peppers and jamon just for a new spin on an old favorite. Take Care this holiday season, BAM

  • The tortilla looks fantastic! Would be perfect for a brunch as well! Beautiful!

    • Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or a snack this little tapas is perfect. You know when you are jet lagged or working the night shift and your hungry and you do not know what kinds of foods you should be eating? This would be the perfect meal. Take care, BAM

  • Looks awesome! I have no idea how you can keep up with your boys without a Costco!!

    • Dawn,

      You are reading my mind! Can you please give COSTCO a ring for me and let them know about my dilemma? They have Costcos in Japan, why can’t we have one in Hong Kong? Take Care, BAM

  • Happy holidays Bam! I sure hope this Friday is not the end of the world, rather the beginning of a new/better era! Which means we all have to clean our house again, haha!

    We love tapas, my husband loves small bites and varieties, so tapas and dim sum is really his cup of tea. Thank you for sharing!

    • Happy holidays to you too Jeno! Little bites are so fun to share and perfect for gatherings. However this one is so easy and that is what makes it perfect for entertaining. Take care and I bet we will both be cleaning on Saturday… LOL

  • Sounds like a great party! Everything looks delicious 🙂

    • Thanks Korena. A party in a flash is always nice for the hostess. Will you be hosting family for the holidays?

      • We are being hosted, rather than hosting, but I’m sure there will be some impromptu get-togethers that will require a party in a flash!

  • Buona Sera, BAM! What a picture you paint, you and your teen Sons making your way home, “like Sherpas.” 🙂
    This is a great idea for a party and one that wouldn’t cause the host undue stress — or maybe that’s because of the “tinis”. Well, they certainly wouldn’t hurt!

    • Dear John, Oh how I long to shop in a Meijers, Target or a Costco just to stay ahead of the inventory supply requirements. I think we need to invest in a double decker grandmas cart on wheels to make those grocery hauls. When you have to carry everything it really makes you think about what you buy and its weight. Have a super week. Take care, BAM

  • petit4chocolatier

    Bam, the Spanish omelet looks so delectable! Loving the adult beverage Agua de Valencia!!

    • How fun is the Agua de Valencia recipe especially now as oranges are in peak season! Take Care, BAM

  • Kathleen Richardson

    Your omelet will definitely begin to fill hollow legs on teenaged boys! A tasty, simple meal for a Sunday lunch or even when guests are due.

    • Dear Kathleen, I hope all those potatoes fill them up. Maybe I should have doubled the recipe? What was I thinking? Have a super holiday. BAM

  • I love all of this! You have inspired me to have a tapas party! Yay!

    • Tapas and Tinis parties are so fun and easy way to host a gathering. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday. BAM

  • Well, yeah, I’m ready for fun! This looks awesome & thanks for that info on tapas – I’m going to drop that on my daughter to show her I’m very cool (even though I just found out what tapas are only a year ago).
    It’s funny because I was just thinking what it would be like to move out of the country & back into Boston. And one of the first things I thought of was how there is no easy way to get to a major grocery story. It’s nice to have all the little specialty shops where you can get a nice cut of meat or little items – but just like you’ve mentioned, sometimes you need to make a big haul. Speaking of sherpas – your boys must have huge backpacks for school right? Give them a night off of studying in exchange for going on a hunting & gathering mission for you.
    Oh, btw…did you get your other shopping done? I supposed you could put it off until we find out how things work out on Friday.

    • Hello Diane, there are pros and cons for living in a city and in the country. However, I am a country girl in my heart and forced to live in a city. Every minute I get I try to get away for all of the hustle and bustle and head to nature to hike and get away from the crowds. I live in one of the most densely populated places in the world. My boys are great sherpas but they are not available every day. So my quest for a solution to foraging food while raising hungry teenage boys in a big city, continues…
      So are you coming this weekend to shop? Procrastination is my motto! Have a super holiday. BAM

      • You know, I gave myself a dope slap after I made that suggestion about using the boys as sherpas. Not for your reason, but because I thought o.m.g. they’d be starving after trekking groceries home – if the food even made it that far.
        I take it from your comment that you have not finished that shopping…oh I wish I were there but we’d need the boys to lug everything & then we’d have the problem of feeding them again! Have some wonderful times this holiday season.

  • Sounds like my kind of party!

    • I have the martini shaker ready. Come on over. Take care, BAM

  • Like you philosophy.
    Not just HK, but I think true for all big city, one has to carry ones shopping home like Sherpas.
    Your Spanish Omelet looks awsome, guess your teenagers were not home when it came out of the oven allowing you time to invert it and take photos.

    • You are so right Norma, this is true for any big city. Food hauling is not very convenient. My boys were home during the cooking process and I had to lock the kitchen door to get my photo shots before they ate the whole thing. (A mom has to do what a mom needs to do) I think my kids might not eat their food unless it was photographed first. LOL

  • Yum! That omelet looks delicious!

  • Nice tini! Better tapa. I love the Spanish tortilla (or frittata). I usually make mine in a nonstick pan just to make it easier to remove, although I think iron gives much better color to the tortilla. Gosh, I remember that teenager hollow leg! It’s incredible how much food one could consume back then. Now of course as I’m much older, I can eat even less than I could even 10 years ago (well, I can still eat it, it’s just that I now longer require as much energy, so the calories turn into fat so much easier!). Fun post – thanks.

    • Dear John,

      A very special happy holiday to you and Mrs.Kitchen Riff!
      I would also use a non-stick pan but the issue is that my non- stick pan handles are not oven proof so it was plan “B” the iron skillet. My growing boys finish dinner and get up from the table to clear it and then ask what is for second dinner. Food foraging and prep is exhausting. I hope they finish growing soon! Until then I guess I will have strong forearms from food hauling. Have a super holiday week. Take care, BAM

  • What time is the party? My invitation must have got lost in the mail, LOL 🙂 Great suggestions for a relaxed party!

    • Brenda come and swing by on your way home from work. LOL I would love to host a party for all of us foodies. How fun would that be to finally get to meet everyone in person. Have a great holiday week. Take Care, BAM

  • You are doing me harm Bam. I am hungry as I read this. Lovely stuff.
    What time should I call over?

    • Your welcome to visit any time Conor. As I am always in Bam’s Kitchen feeding my hungry teenagers, Bam’s Kitchen is always open. Have a super holiday week! Take Care, BAM

  • The tortilla espanola looks delicious and perfect for dinner the pantry is in need of a trip to the grocery store! Thanks for the recipe!

    • It is amazing the things we can whip in our kitchens just to avoid the mad rush and craziness at the grocery stores this time of the year. Have a super holiday. Take Care, BAM

      • Yes, I try to get all holiday shopping done by the beginning of December. I do not enjoy shopping when there is no space to breathe. Tomorrow I will brave the grocery store! 🙂

        • Best of luck with your mission! I unfortunately will have to head out with the masses tomorrow to forage for food once again. Wish me luck. Take care, BAM

  • I have never sampled Tapas or Tinis but this indeed looks delish to be enjoyed with friends. You have taken perfect shot of your food.

    • Thank you for your kind comment. A fun and easy gluten free option for you. Have a super holiday. BAM

  • Love it! As long as the world doesn’t actually end on Friday, this would make a great Sunday brunch dish. I’ve always wanted to try veganizing something like this using a mixture of chickpea flour and water, like I use for quiches. Thanks for the delicious reminder and inspiration!

    • Hannah, I am sure you will have plenty of time on Sunday to try your efforts at veganizing this meal. Please do post once you get that sorted as I have many friends that are vegans. Happy holidays to you. BAM

  • The spanish tortilla looks exceptionally good! I wish I could be like you and throw a last min tapas party! Looks fantastic! Pass me that martini glass! It sounds fantastic!

    • Hello Jo, wishing your a very safe and happy holiday. Here is a cheers to you and passing you a virtual “Tini” your way. Over the years, I have become a very laid back host. I have learned your guest do not come to visit your house or just to eat food but to visit and spend some quality time with you. So I have decided to do just that and spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my guests. Take Care, BAM

      • That’s such great advice! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Bam!

  • Everyone in my home is ready for the party, especially this one!

    • Come on over. As you also have hungry teenagers just give me a few more minutes to prepare about 5 more of these omelets and we are good to go. Take care this holiday! BAM

  • Mich Piece of Cake

    Lovely and easy recipe for parties, thanks for sharing!

  • peachkins

    I wish I could’ve gone to your Tapas and Tinis party!!

    • Come on over any time Bam’s Kitchen is always hustling and bustling with cooking. Take Care, BAM

  • Juliana

    This look delicious, love the combination of all the ingredients together…it is sure perfect for sharing…beautiful pictures as well Bam.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    • Hello Juliana, thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by. Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday week. Take care, BAM

  • maha

    1st time here..nice blog..wonderful recipes….n dis Looks Delicious..

    • Thanks for stopping by Maha, looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  • I always forget about serving a spanish tortilla or frittata as an appetizer for some reason. These two…the tapas and the ‘tini pair so beautifully in color, taste and texture. Such pretty pics and such a great idea. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    • Betsy, Thank you for your kind comment. I think we usually think of Spanish Tortillas as a breakfast item only, but it really is one of these type of little bites that can be eaten morning, noon or night. Cheers to you and wishing you and family a very safe and happy holiday. BAM

  • Oh, I hear you on the “teenager” front.. it’s impossible to keep food in the house and impossible to guess what they want stocked on the shelves! Love love love this drink and wish I was sipping on one right at this very moment, it would be heavenly! xx Merry Christmas to you!!! xxx

    • Chuckling out loud! I had just had to write a big sign “DO NOT EAT” on the pieces for the gingerbread house I just finished baking. After all that work, I could just watch in nanoseconds that getting inhaled. My teenagers cannot be left unattended around food. Last night, I made some delicious little appetizers and made the huge error of trying to get a photoshoot and leaving all the appetizers on the table unattended. I went back to the kitchen to finish up one last dish and whammo, over half of it was gone- so much for those shots for Bam’s Kitchen. Have a safe and happy holiday and I hope Santa is good to you. Take Care, BAM

  • Well, it’s Friday and we’re still here. No end of the world yet. 😉 I love the idea of a tapas and tinis party! I would love this tini tonight in fact! I have to tell you, I’m still in love with your kids’ mac and cheese balls. I was telling people at work about them and they were all salivating! 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas Bam!

    • The end of the world procrastination left me thinking about putting off that whole ironing thing in hope that I might not have to get to that, but here we are on Saturday and my pile of clothes still remains. You are so sweet and will have to let my boys know about the mac and cheese balls discussions. I know your kids are much younger but you could do all of the step with them except you will need to do the frying at the end for the M & C appetizer. Have a super holiday and I hope Santa is good to you. Take Care, BAM

  • Mmmm, this looks so amazingly yummy and goes straight to my To Try list!

    • Thank you Sibella. It is super easy and amazingly with very simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. Sending warm holiday wishes from Hong Kong to your family in Michigan. Take care, BAM

  • Now I see where the Filipino potato omelette came from. Mmmmm love this as always and we usually have it for breakfast.
    Anyways have a Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Hello Ray, It is so fun to see that so many cultures have so many similar recipes. A Spanish Omelet is great any time of the day. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday. Take Care, BAM

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