Mama & the Tapas

My youngest child, a daughter, is coming to visit with her partner over the July 4th week-end.  When she was a teenager she fell in love with the group, The Mamas and the Papas, even though they were no longer a group. In fact, they were popular in the late 60s, 10 years before she was born. But we played the recordings, and their sound struck a chord in her, so I thought I would surprise her with some tapas when she comes. (See my CD cover below.)  197925335

According to Wikipedia, tapas are a wide variety of appetizers or snacks, hot or cold, in Spanish cuisine. They have become part of the American cuisine scene, and lend themselves to bar menus, since they are small plates often needing only one bite. According to our Spanish family member, Ignacio, the word tapas actually means lid or top.

In earlier days, before air conditioning, flies often landed in wine glasses. To stop this, something was used to cover the wine glass. This is confirmed by Wikipedia, which states: As mentioned above, a commonly cited explanation is that an item, be it bread or a flat card, etc., would often be placed on top of a drink to protect it from fruit flies; at some point it became a habit to top this “cover” with a snack. Thus, a whole new category of cuisine was invented!

As a vegetarian, I will make meatless tapas. While in California, I read a tapas cookbook of my son-by-marriage, Jay. I did it to garner ideas more than recipes, and now I think I have a handle on what to make. Here is a line-up of ideas, some of which may end up on the July 4th table.

Marinated olives

Stuffed mushrooms

Pita points with hoomus

Tortilla triangles with guacamole

skewered cheese squares with cherry tomatoes

sweet potato slices with diced veggies

polenta slices with black bean topping

small pieces of rye bread with mock chopped liver




Stay tuned as I work on these recipes. Just as the Mamas & the Papas had a group sound, they also had good solo voices, so my Mama & the Tapas will strive for a grouping as well as individual flavors.


This is my 1986 CD that my daughter loved to listened to and inspired me to make tapas for July 4th.

6 thoughts on “Mama & the Tapas

  1. I definitely want to hear about the “polenta slices with black bean topping”

    Thank you, ES!

  2. Spellcheck attack! (“…loved toilets to…” instead of “…loved to listen to…” ) Or maybe you typed those words intentionally to see if we are paying attention.

    Nonetheless, theFourth of July tapas sound delicious!

  3. I loved your biographical note which put us in the food for your delectable snacks. I guess you kids
    expect your open invitation with your food, but it’s nice when it coincides with an experience you both
    remember or in this case a favorite group.

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