I have a wonderful collection of Spanish recipes. I have been cooking Spanish food for some time and have certain favorites. I love to share what I know and entertain often to tantalize guests. It is a rich culture that offers culinary favorites like paella and tapas. If you haven’t tried it, be my guest. Some people want to try their hand at making these dishes and one friend out and out asked for my top recipes. She knew exactly what they were. At first I balked at revealing family secrets but soon I became more generous and planned to make her a book as a gift.
She had been helpful to me in the past, sometimes working alongside me in the kitchen when I had catering to do and needed another pair of hands. Her efforts certainly merit a recipe book as a thank you. I started to gather recipes and most were stored in my computer so it was simply a matter of printing them out. I would make the book letter size so I wouldn’t have to trim the printer paper. I sat in the kitchen with a stack of recipes in hand. In the other was a cup of rich Spanish dark hot chocolate. Muy delicioso. You can’t get this in the US so you have to order the powder from abroad. I had to sort and make some key decisions as the book shouldn’t be more than 25 pages. However, I found that I couldn’t eliminate some recipes and therefore I would have to use heavy staples with a staple gun to bind them into one tome.
Luckily I had the right tools for the job and the book took shape instantly. It was a successful do-it-yourself project. I made a fancy cover on green card stock with the word “Spanish Recipes” in big letters. It is a bit large in size over all, but that makes it easier to read. I know she will be pleased with my choices. Each recipe is accompanied by a photo of the finished product on a nice serving plate. It will give her ideas about what to expect. A nice presentation is everything with food. She has eaten many of the dishes and these photos will tickle her memory and hopefully taste buds. When you cook, you sample your creation before deeming it ready for consumption. Sometimes I make many dishes at once and freeze them for the future.
After receiving the recipe book, my friend called. She was ecstatic. She couldn’t wait to try the recipes out, starting from page one. She intended to go through to the end. I said to her, “ask me over so I can try them out.” She was worried that I would be a harsh critic, but I assured her that it would not be the case. I was sure she would make each dish exactly as prescribed. After tasting a few, I found that to be the case.