Tapas, in Spanish cuisine, are a wide variety of appetizers or small plates of food that when shared together make up a full meal. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as fried squid or meatballs). This type of meal encourages conversation because people are not focused upon one meal set before them. In some countries, it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating.
In this style, about once a week our family has their own Tapas. We gather around the kitchen counter on bar stools or standing and have a little of this and a little of that, many times tasting new and exciting flavors. We discuss the day, we giggle, and most importantly we smile together.
You can join in too. Once a week become adventurous and join us in trying new foods...
The rules of Tapa Tuesday (as far as food goes) are that there are no rules. Anything goes! You can have a Spanish themed tapas night...or Mexican, Italian...or even mix it up, but kids you MUST MUST do these two things:
1) You must take one bite of every dish
2) You must introduce a new flavor every week.
So have at it! Be adventurous and make next Tuesday a Tapa Tuesday.
Tips for parents:
It can be overwelming to cook multiple dishes at once. Tapas can also be a selection of meats and cheeses (what fun to take the kids to select the different cheeses to try), olives, and even a little plate of leftovers. To make your Tapas Night easier, try one to two new dishes every Tuesday and have the other plates be a variety of nibbles.
Tapa Tuesday is a family activity. Everyone is involved from setting the table to picking out the menu. If someone is obsessed with chicken fingers those can be added, but every dish must be tasted...over time those chicken fingers might get cast aside as there is adventure in being the one to pick a new dish to try. Good Luck. I hope you enjoy Tapa Tuesday as much as we do. Here's to creating the next generation of foodies!