All Sorts Of Tapas, Chantal Lascaris

I think that small bites, and shared plates is the perfect way to eat. When requesting All Sorts of Tapas I was hoping to finds lots of recipes that I could make for when we entertain.

Good tapas are all about the perfect marriage of food, drink and sparkling conversation. Inspired by the bustling nightlife of the Spanish tapas bars and the pintxos bars of San Sebastian, these little dishes are packed with big flavours and are meant to be enjoyed with the people around you.
In  All Sorts of Tapas,  you will find delicious tapas that bring to life the richness of Spain’s regional variations, styles and attitudes while incorporating some uniquely South African flavours. These little paintings will be a feast for the eyes and a feast for the tummy. They are the perfect way to satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike – from breakfast to dessert.
Enjoy the freshest and most fun way to eat with friends and family, all from the comfort of your own kitchen.
All Sorts of Tapas
Chapters are divided into:
  • Brunch
  • Vegetarian
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Chicken
  • Meat
  • Dessert,
Recipes that caught my eye:
  • Caesar-Style Eggs (p31)
  • Dipped Baked Pretzels (p36)
  • Flavoured Cheese Straws (p47)
  • Cheesy Herb Muffins with Peppadew Cream (p66)
  • Calamari, Chorizo & Patatas Bravas (p74)
  • Hake Goujons with a Quartet of Sauces (p82)
  • Oysters on Leeks (p91)
  • Sweet Chilli Chicken Balls on Nachos (p115)
  • Moroccan Lamb Tapas (p125)
  • Spicy Keema Cups (p129)
  • Nested Spaghetti Bolognese (p146)
  • Mini Baklava Cheesecakes (p158)
  • Churro Chips with Chocolate Sauce (p162)
  • Liquorice Biscuits (p164)
Cheesy Herb Muffins with Peppadew Cream
Cheesy Herb Muffins with Peppadew Cream
My impressions:

I found it frustrating that the photographs are not with the recipes as it is difficult to imagine some of them. Especially the deconstructed rooibos panna cotta on page 159. I just cannot envisage how they are meant to look after reading the method. And the pics of the raw chicken and meat were not appealing. Both of these factors affected how many of the recipes I found appealing. Despite this, the styling itself was good. I liked the idea of the nested spaghetti for kids.

What I made:

The muffins were a great afternoon snack but needed the peppadew cream. I made extra of this as it was so good. The biscuits went down a treat, but need to be eaten within a few days of making.

Liquorice Biscuits
Liquorice Biscuits
Publishing information:
ISBN 9781432310851
Format Trade Paperback
Published February 2021

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime December 8:

14 thoughts on “All Sorts Of Tapas, Chantal Lascaris

  1. You have given a very honest review here Tandy. I remember the tapas in Spain and Portugal , as being really good, but exceptional in Granada. I have made patatas bravas a few years ago, should do it again using these ingredients. This has piqued my interest, thanks.

  2. I like those cheesy muffins and I am with you 100%. Not only do I need a picture with the recipe, but it needs to be right next to the recipe or I will not know what I am striving for!

  3. That sounds like a really terrible book. Besides all the defects you described, the recipes do not sound much like actual tapas in Spain or even in the tapas restaurants that have cropped up all kinds of other places. Chocolate tapas? Pretty pathetic!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  4. Sounds like a really fun book! When we were in Spain, many tapas were alive, which didn’t appeal to me much! And I’m pretty adventurous.

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