I am going to tell you something about myself whether you want to know it or not. I don't like new potatoes that much. I find them a bit dull, unless dressed up in a potato salad or cooked this this, pan-fried or roasted in the oven.
I made this Spanish style dish of Patatas Bravas last week after coming back from Hay on Wye
For those of you who read my blog regular, what I didn't tell you in that blog post was we had a light lunch at a little tapas place - I am not food blogger who reviews, but it was fine - we had string beans in tomato sauce, halloumi, traditional and beetroot hummus, good bread and olive oil for dipping and a side of olives. D said you should do this kind of tapas style food more often, its easy peasy.
That evening when I got home, I flicked through my heavy copy of 1080 Recipes republished in 2007, a cookbook that was hailed as the bible of traditional Spanish cooking since it was first published over 35 years ago, but I have to admit, I have never cooked from it, as I found it was heavily meat and seafood orientated and guess what? I still have not.
Anyway, the following day, I made one of the most popular recipes on my blog : vegan chorizo. I pan-fried some left over new potatoes which were originally parboiled, you could easily roast them in the oven if you wish too. There were enough spices in the homemade vegan chorizo, but for colour and a little moisture - I diced a red pepper and stirred in some peas that cooked in the heat of the steam.
Instead of small Spanish bites of this, that and the other, I served up a good plate of food with lots of different components. It made for a delicious lunch. This plate of food does not need anything else, but if you want make a home made tomato sauce or if you must some ready made salsa, please go ahead.