10 March 2010

corner view "miniature worlds"



OK, this might be a stretch, but this is the first thing I thought of when I read Cate´s idea.... Pinchos or Banderillas are bite sizes of food (miniature ;)) usually held together by a toothpick. "Pincho" comes from "pinchar" which means to stab (ie with a toothpick) and Banderillas are long barbed sticks (like a toothpick) that bullfighters use to stab the bulls (sorry for the grim reference). Pinchos or Banderillas are usually served in the bars around 11:00 am to be eaten with an apéritif, and again around 6:00 pm to be eaten with a glass of wine or beer after work. Pinchos have become very sophisticated over the years, but I still favor the more traditional ones. A few of my favorites are; a pincho of hard boiled egg, mayonnaise, and a chunk of tuna, "gildas" which are pickled gindillas with tinned anchovies and olives, tortila de patata, and "ensaladilla" which is potato salad served on a small piece of bread...
By the way, Tapas are served in the south of Spain and are usually given for free with your drinks.

Next week´s theme is "front door", which comes from the lovelies Daan and Pien.

Happy Corner View!

P.S. Thanks again for all your sweet comments and your participation! Corner View is so much fun because of you!


84 comments:

Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

Those little pinchos sound wonderful. I love the idea of havng a little lunch aperitif, standing at a bar and nibbling on a some local delights. Have a good day.

la ninja said...

aha. pinchos are definitely a world in themselves, and a good "miniature meal" indeed. so... no stretch there. perfect basque corner view: FOOD! :)
cheers, me dear.

Kari said...

love the miniature meals and thanks for the lesson.
Happy viewing!

Theresa said...

Those look great! Unique interpretation, Jane.

Lollipop said...

hey dear! I'm in... with small worlds. Eat and drink, spanish people know how to enjoy life!

Elisabelle said...

Oh I love this miniature food!!!!
lovely photo too :)

kenza said...

Que rico! Ya me diste hambre! Besos.

Ocean Girl said...

It is not a stretch at all, it is perfect and the picture is awesome and I would like some Pichos. Banderias sounds yummy too but more glamorous:)

missvanham said...

hmmmm great for a picknick with a lot of sunn. :-)

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Ha ha ! The only way banderias are good !!! May I have one these delicious pinchos ?

sunnymama said...

Your interpretation of the theme was much more imaginative than mine! Now I'm wonderering what I can do with our ugly front door. :)

Bichos da Matos said...

Sounds delicious! This CV was one of my favorites so far and the easiest one, I love toys and little things;)

pien said...

mmm getting hungry!

ibb said...

Perfect my love.
I adore to go "de poteo y pintxos".

Danangib said...

It would be nice if tapas were for free, but they aren't. I'm living in La Linea at the border with Gibraltar and it's full of tapas-bars here. Tapas are delicious, healthy and not very expensive (I put 10 kilos on me in 2 years because of them - thanks God they are not for free, lol).
Anyway, I love your pictures.
Dana

Eternally Distracted said...

They sound and look DEEEEELICIOUS

C.T. said...

Yeah, here they are served for free as well. Delicious miniature....those Pinchos?! Bring it on.!

jgy said...

hmmm, these would be good with coffee:)
cheers!

kim said...

Oh, yum, I could eat them all! Spain should be paying you - handsomely!!! After all, who doesn't want to go to Spain after reading your blog? Great job, as always!

Madalen Goiria said...

Great idea and great photo Jane, and mind you, it's not one of the famous pintxo bars in Donosti!!!
Una cosita sólo, se escribe banderillas.Un abrazo

ladybug-zen said...

yum. those would nbe perfect for my midnight snack!!! my mouth is watering. seriously!!

P I A said...

Yummy!!! Thanks for your tips and finger food. Have a lovely day!

Jenna said...

it's almost more guiltless to eat lots of miniature food when it is that cute. :)

Grey Lemon said...

I love "petit fours" too! Yummy photos!

Juniper said...

Am thinking its been too long since last we were in Spain, the descriptions of these has my taste buds yearning to go back! One of our favorite restaurant in Brighton was called Pinxtos, perhaps the Basque spelling of pinchos?

Kamana said...

this was a hard theme for me. ut i like your interpretation of it!

Crescent Moon said...

I love little snack type foods! They make every occasion seem like a party.

Daan said...

minifood! Yum!

Di said...

I love the miniature food! Tapas and antipasti are some of my favourite things - usually because once I've eaten them I can't manage anything else!!

latisha said...

yum! to the photo **great lighting** and to the snacks. We have our own version of that around here now i know what to call em!

and since im back, can i be readded to your linky list?

Kwana said...

I love where you went here. Delish.

Lisa notes... said...

What a great idea to think of miniature food. I had to really think to come up with something, too. I look forward to checking out the links here and seeing what others came up with. Thanks for being our faithful hostess, Jane!

l i s e said...

pinchos reminds me of Bilbao, so good, such a great time
thanks for the memory
happy wednesday

isabelle said...

I won't mind 1 or 2 plates of these ... yummy !!

Joyce said...

OK this isn't fair! It is not even 9am and I'm hungry!! Did you say free? Sounds like a trip to Spain is indeed worth the visit. Thanks my friend. xo

Cole said...

ooohhhh- I like how you think- that is one imagination stretch I'm happy to take! Yum!

Angie Muresan said...

All I can say is, I want some pinchos!

Inner Toddler said...

it's never a stretch when tasty treats are involved.

janis said...

Ohh ahh those look good - though I would eat too many I'm sure!

Hey Jane - this weeks CV totally stumped me ??? I'll pick up next week!

juanita de la vega said...

Ricos Jane! Yummy! And of course, the pic's composition is perfect!
besotes

Des said...

This looks delicious

CrowNology said...

Yummy! A miniature world I could live in! ;)
Bring your mini food to the beach in my Wee Citee and we'll have a HUGE party.
xo
Andrea

Francesca said...

So much thought and preparation in little bite sizes of food. The culinary tradition there is quite something,every post there's some delicious food! Do you cook much?

anna said...

LOVE the foodculture in southern countries!

Ma life à moi said...

We also love Spain because of these delicious tapas, I wish I can have some of them right now!

Kimmie said...

that sounds yummy at any time of the day :)

Conny said...

You've done well - miniature food counts for certain. Pinchos sound like a perfect before-dinner-snack, much more sophisticated than having a string cheese (which is what we do around here). Such a fun topic.

"Thanks for the snack," she said dabbing the corners of her mouth with a napkin. Ciao for now.

MyrtilleD said...

That is a good interpretation of miniature worlds! Mine are more usual ;-)

Mlle Paradis said...

OK if I leave L.A. right now, 9:33 a.m. would I get there in time for 6 o'clock pinchos and a beer? You are making me SO hungry? But what are (is it?) grindillas?

McGillicutty said...

Wooo I love these... wish we had something so delicate in S. GA... I am again late on my post because of my slackerness and sinus problems! but I have good ideas.. you'll just have to be patient!!!
Hugs :)

marinik said...

yummm, these look and sound delish :))

RosaMaría said...

love those! i'm hungry, again!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Delicious! I absolutely adore the a combo of anchovies and olives, so that is sounding awfully good right now!

L'Atelier said...

i love mini-food!
your pinchos- photos look totally yummy

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Many fond memories of drinks and tapas in the South of Spain...

la casita said...

hola! those pinchos looks yummi indeed!
ahh, your blog is really, really interesting, I love the pictures and all the "cuentos diario"
X

Tiphaine said...

I don't know anything about Spain I'm really looking for to know it one of this day....Thanks to you !!! My small world is posted. and : thank YOU !!

epe said...

que delicia... quiero un pinchito ya mismo!

Mama Zen said...

Sounds yummy!

Ian said...

Spanish bar food is the best. I'm looking forward to sampling Spanish food again this summer: it's been a long time.

Emma said...

little but sooooo yummies ;-)
a little bite ..a big smile...a huge satisafaction...an infiny pleasure
Thanks for sharing
Emma from San Francisco

Line said...

tapas ooh I love them... sunny food for sunny days!!!

caitlin said...

Sounds delightful, I love learning about your corner.

Kirsten said...

Wow! US needs to learn a lesson from Spain! I love Tapas, but we pay a pretty hefty price for them here....

Ida Nielsen said...

Yummy little miniature meal :-)

Skylar said...

Sounds yummy!

Adèle said...

wonderful "apéro" hours ;)

(my CV is done!)

jacomien said...

My interpretation of this theme had to include my crochet-madness: amigurumi is my new middle name!

Sammi said...

i really really didnt know what to do for this one so i didnt do anything but i will do front door next week! I love pinchos, especially tomatoes covered in olive oil, garlic and salt.

juliette said...

na denn, better late than never...i finally posted mine!

laméditerraine said...

free??where are those free tapas, I've never seen them (and want them badly!)
Such a pleasure to watch and eat pintxos and tapas, my friends and I call 'almuerzo de obrero' to something that way.
Big kisseeeeeeeeeeeeees:)

kyndale said...

Very interesting! I love learning about Spanish culture!

nicola@which name? said...

yummies! i don't know the word pinchos. love it.
tapas are popular here. we even have "tapas bars"
nicola
Which Name?

MODsquad said...

Right now I could eat a plate full! YUM!

likeschocolate said...

COuldn't get better than that!

natsumi nishizumi said...

Woow, you always take lovely photos! This miniature food is great for a home party! Looks so delicious!

Hope you have a great weekend!

AG Ambroult said...

yum. Those look and sound SO good. I wonder how many I could fit in my mouth at once ;)

my take on a miniature world is posted!

Joyce said...

Holy Moly- 76 comments!! Now 77! Smile... Just stopping by to say have a golden weekend!!! xo

massi said...

OH! Aperitivo!!!!
We have it often here, with wine and lots of pinchos or banderillas (of course with different names) so you can go straight to after dinner.

Have a good we in Spain.

Cris said...

yummy

i love miniature food

:)

beijos jane

Lisa - Fine Sweet Life said...

I need to make my love of sweets in pinchos. No will power! Your blog makes me feel like I'm on vacation. It is refreshing!

Reyes said...

My favorite pincho is grilled mushroom (champignon) with oil and garlic topped with a shrimp. They make the best ones in "El Soriano" a little bar in Laurel Street in Logroño. ummmm. Rico, rico!

Linnea said...

Mmmmm, is it lunch time yet? There is something about pinchos and tapas that taste so much better in Spain.

May we join your Corner View at www.wingandnest.com? - Emily & Linnea

Olga said...

Those are so yummy !!! - you reminded me of my holidays in Spain last summer :)