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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24. A Spanish Menu – My gift to the Winners of the Olympic Games.

Special dressing: SUPERMAN from Barbra Streisand (turn player on)

This is my little tribute to the new World Wide Super Heroes: Men and Women whom have gone beyond, whom seem to be from another planet: they can fly, they can nearly breathe under water and they seem to have never ending strength.

Their awesome and brilliant work and their extreme ability has made me enjoy this year’s Olimpic Games like I never did before!

Please join me in Congratulating these Giants of the Sport: Rafa Nadal, Yelena Isinbayeva, Gervasio Deferr, Usain Bolt, Gemma Mengual and Michael Phelps, just to mention a few of the winners.

It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention also those who participated and didn’t win. They were also fantastic and maybe another year they will be able to get a medal and the world’s recognition. Bravo for you too, guys!

After seeing this show of muscles, tenacity, illusion, strength, discipline and beauty… I have been wondering… What is about an athlete’s diet? Do they follow a strict protein diet? How many times a day do they eat? Do they get extra vitamins or fiber or oxygen… or…

I couldn’t believe it when I knew about Michael Phelps’ diet. I bet you all thought the same: Wow! For those of you not in the know, see hereunder what the press published about Michael’s daily ingest.

Breakfast: 3 fried egg sandwiches, 2 cups coffee, 5-egg omlette, bowl of grits, 3 pieces of french toast, 3 chocolate chip pancakes 

Lunch: 1 pound pasta, 2 ham and cheese sandwiches, energy drink 

Dinner: 1 pound pasta, 1 large pizza, energy drink 

12.000 calories in total 

I’m not a dietist nor a nutritionist but eventhough he surely burns all calories with his daily exercise I would have never thought this could be healthy. However, he has demonstrated that this is the fuel he needs to be an Olympo’s God, so I better shout my mouth here!

I just want to offer him and the rest of the Olympic guys this Spanish menu as a gift for the good times they have given me this summer :D. Maybe Michael like’s it best and the next Olympic games he gets 10 medals!!!

A Spanish Menu

Steamed Broccoli with Spanish Extra
virgin Olive oil.

Tortilla de patatas con chorizo.

Pimientos del Piquillo stuffed with
Chicken’s croquettes’ paste.

You know I’m not a desserts’ person, so that will be up to you guys!

Serves 4
We start with  the Broccoli (I’m uploading no images here, because it’s so simple). Clean, Wash and cut in medium pieces. Place on top of the steamer and steam until tender. Place over the plate, sprinkle some salt and black pepper on top and pour some Spanish Extra virgin Olive oil.
Now for the Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, we will cook it the same way we do a normal Tortilla de patatas but adding the Chorizo to get its extra wonderful flavour in the omelette.
Ingredients: •4 or 5 eggs (big size), 4 medium potatoes, 1 big onion, 100 grs of moist and tender chorizo (you might choose a spicy one or not), olive oil and salt.
* Peel the potatoes and wash them under tap water, then cut them into small thin pieces. Take the onion and peal it, then cut it in slices and put it together with the potatoes.
* Peel the chorizo and cut in slices.
* Take a new pan or one that is only used for omelettes and pour some olive oil in it. Turn the heat into medium. When the oil starts getting hot cook the chorizo at medium heat and when has left its juices, reserve.
* In the same pan and with that same oil cook the potatoes and onion at medium heat. Take a wooden spoon and stir it. After 1 – 2 minutes pour some salt and drop the heat to minimum. Then put a lid over the pan and let the potatoes and onions sweat.
* Keep on stirring every 3-5 minutes.
* Depending on the potatoes (each kind needs different time for cooking) it will take between half an hour to 45 minutes to have it ready. When you see the texture soft and breaky turn the heat off.

* Beat 4-5 eggs (depending on size) inside a bowl.

* Take the onion/potatoes from the pan into the bowl caring that the oil stays in the pan. Use a tool with holes to do that. Stir it all up. Add the reserved chorizo slices. Stir.
* Pour the oil of the pan inside a recipient. Clean the pan and pour back 3 table spoons of this oil, making sure it gets all over the pan and borders.

* Drop the mixture into the pan when it’s hot. The heat should be medium-high. Spread the mixture all over the pan and keep on shaking the pan to see that it doesn’t get stuck to borders and bottom. Turn the heat medium/low.

* After 5 minutes aprox. With the help of a plate bigger than the pan, turn the omelette upside down. Leave the omelette out of the heat and pour 3 more oil spoons in the pan. Put the omelette back into the pan and cook the other side. Keep the fire medium/low. After 5 minutes aprox. it will be finished! Make sure it’s completely cooked by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, then it’s done :D

Pimientos del Piquillos stuffed with Chicken’s paste. Stuffing the Pimientos del Piquillo it’s easy: Just have one can ready and use the croquettes’ paste to stuff them. 
Pimientos del Piquillo are these tiny, shinny red peppers original from Navarra. They are already roasted and have a wonderful smocky taste… We usually buy them canned and their flavour combines very well with many stuffings (cod fish, rice, chicken). Today, I used chicken’s croquettes paste because I had some leftover and  it ended up as a great combo.
This croquettes’ paste is done with two chicken breasts and some herbs and beer. See how to get the paste here.
When you have the croquettes’s paste ready, open the peppers’ can, take their seeds off and stuff them. Place in a plate and they will be ready to eat with some toasted bread.
I’m sure that eating this menu will make you play 3 tennis matches in a row, fly over the clouds, make impossible handsprings, run like a cheetah, feel like a mermaid, and swim never ending oceans.
Or maybe you will only feel like having a great Siesta ;D.


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09/20/2008 · 18:25 h by Ivy

Congrats for all the athletes taking part in the Olympics and the paraolympics. All your recipes look great but I like the Tortillas de Patatas con chorizo very much.

09/20/2008 · 19:13 h by Marija

Great post Nuria! And a lovely idea :) Congratulations on being one of the 24s!

09/20/2008 · 20:31 h by Ivy

Nuria, congratulations. Now I realized what this 24 means. BTW you have an award waiting for you. OLE!!

09/20/2008 · 21:19 h by Peter M

Nuria, think of the delicious food as a reward for the athletes efforts. Now they can enjoy themselves and your food.

Congrats on the 24!

09/20/2008 · 22:57 h by Susan from Food Blogga

12000 calories?! And he’s sooo freakin’ skinny! Everything looks delicious, Nuria, but I am dying for a thick slice of your tortilla de patata con chorizo. It’s like our Italian sausage and potato fritatta, which is one of my favorites!

09/20/2008 · 23:09 h by Peter G

A great feast chica! I’m seeing some lovely ones already today and I love your espana version! Personally, if i ate all this I would be having a siesta later!

09/21/2008 · 3:01 h by Mallory Elise

holy crap i want those stuffed peppers!!! i never run less than 5 miles a day, can i have em can i have em!!!!?

09/21/2008 · 4:27 h by Nathan

I love steamed broccoli or cauliflower with vinegar, olive oil, salt, and raw thinly sliced onions then I let it sit in the fridge for like 3 hours tossing occasionally.

09/21/2008 · 4:29 h by Nathan

Oops I forgot to say your “Tortilla” looks wonderful and perfectly shaped good skills :) and those pequillo peppers I wish I could get them fresh here we can only get regular red bell peppers (on maybe I haven’t looked hard enough)

09/21/2008 · 11:05 h by Helen

Michael Phelps doesn’t seriously eat that does he? I can’t believe it! Where are the vegetables? Anyway, your meal looks lovely. I hope you had as much fun making it as I did mine.

09/21/2008 · 12:33 h by Nik Snacks

Your torta is the best looking one I’ve seen. Ever, I think. And the piquillos? Mmm mmm mmm. I’m sure the Olympians would be proud to see this spread and this tribute.

09/21/2008 · 13:47 h by FoodJunkie

Ola Chica!
You are right, the food we cooked is very similar! I went to Spain for my oneymoon and we had such GLORIOUS food. I really like those little stuffed peppers with baccala..yum

09/21/2008 · 14:13 h by

Phelps’ diet is crazy. i don’t think i’d ever really want to be able to eat like that! incredible! and i love the pics of the red peppers!

09/21/2008 · 15:04 h by Jenny

It looks phenomenal! I’m still astonished though: 12,000 calories? WOW!

09/21/2008 · 16:07 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

This is a beautiful tribute menu Nuria! Fit for the Gods of Olympus! :)

09/21/2008 · 19:45 h by Psychgrad

That’s neat that you’re one of the 24s. I think I want to try Tortilla de patatas con chorizo.

09/21/2008 · 23:11 h by Emiline

I’m jealous of Michael Phelps. I wish I could eat that much. :)

09/22/2008 · 3:35 h by Passionate About Baking

Wish I could play 3 tennis matches in a row, fly over the clouds, make impossible handsprings, run like a cheetah, feel like a mermaid, and swim never ending oceans…but with a scrumptious spread like this, siesta seems more like me. Hola Nuria…fabulous meal; well done! Congrats on being part of the 24.xoxox Deeba

09/22/2008 · 3:41 h by Cakespy

Congratulations, and YUM! I would gladly help dig in and do my Olympian duty…but I think I would nap afterward!

09/22/2008 · 6:11 h by noobcook

What a great menu, this is such a cool idea for foodbuzz 24. Congrats! :)

09/22/2008 · 6:43 h by Heather

I love those piquillo peppers! So delicious.

I’m so glad you were one of the selected bloggers, Núria! This looks like a great tribute to the Olympiads.

09/22/2008 · 8:53 h by Núria

Thank you all soooooooo much for your kind words :D. I’m so proud to be one of the 24!!!

And yes, MIchael Phelps’ menu is true… that’s what he said he eats daily… unbelievable!!!! But he surely burns it!

If you don’t find piquillo pepper in your supermarkets, you can always click my link to LaTienda, they do have and you can buy them online :D

Thanks again :D

09/22/2008 · 11:38 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

Nuria, I would take your menu over Phelps’s any day! I can believe his menu only because my Danish “son” used to eat in similar quantities – he was a 6’6″ water polo player and had many hours of intense exercise/day. I must say, though, he ate healthier than Phelps, too. Two days ago, his Hungarian professional team played the Olympic champions, so whatever he eats, it must be working!

I loved the pics of your tortilla. Mine always come out flat. I wish I knew how to really make them.

09/22/2008 · 13:04 h by Dee

I know I’m not an Oliypic swimmer, but I can’t help feel better about my diet readng about MP’s :)

Potatoes+eggs+chorizo=top of the bookmarked list. Will let you know how it turns out!

Also, do you think I could use regular roasted peppers for stuffed pimientos dish? I’m in Malaysia, s I’m not counting on finding any pimientos on the shelf.

09/22/2008 · 13:06 h by ZenKimchi

I gotta have those croquettes!

09/23/2008 · 0:52 h by We Are Never Full

what a great (and creative!) post. you know how i feel about this truly traditional spanish menu… I want one of each!

09/23/2008 · 5:37 h by Giff

I do love the stir Phelps’ diet has created! And I am thankful I don’t have to eat that way — I wonder if he sees food as a caloric chore rather than a pleasure.

anyway! I loved your Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, and congrats on your 24,24,24 post!

09/23/2008 · 5:58 h by Pilar - Lechuza

Núria, menudo festín has preparado con comida sencilla y de diario. Una mágnifica tortilla de patatas con chorizo, ummmmm deliciosa.
El brocoli de la forma más sencilla posible. Y que voy a decir de esos pimientitos del piquillo rellenos….estoy muerrrrrta!!
Un abrazo

09/23/2008 · 10:33 h by kittie

Hey Huria, great menu – But do you mind if I abstain from the physical exercise ;)

Congrats on being selected as one of the 24 – great post!

09/23/2008 · 14:45 h by kittie

Oops – I meant Núria – not Huria! Blame it on caffeine free start to the day ;)

09/23/2008 · 14:49 h by Núria

Dee, I’m sure you can use roasted peppers and stuff them. Piquillo ones are exceptional for their particular flavour, size and cooking method :D

Thank you all again :D :D :D Gracias Pilar! A ver si me paso por tu blog ;D

09/23/2008 · 21:50 h by glamah16

I want those piquillo peppers!Great concept.

09/24/2008 · 15:35 h by Hugging the Coast

Bring on the Chorizo! Congraulations on a great post!

09/24/2008 · 18:15 h by bee

i’d run a marathon if i got to eat that for a week. :D

09/27/2008 · 0:14 h by Familia

what a fabulous menu!

10/22/2008 · 13:04 h by PG

I ate Tortillas de Patatas for the first time made by a Spanish classmate from my German classes for a gathering we had here. That was about 11 years ago. It was lovely. I remember, I also tried to recreate it at home, but that is so long ago. All the recipe are lovely.

11/12/2008 · 17:19 h by Anonymous

I’m spanish and I have to say, your tortilla looks amazing.
You should try to make a paella one day!!
Un saludo!!

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