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The tapas ins & outs of Ibiza fan Hanneke + delicious recipes

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With this wonderful weather you will eat differently, it seems that you feel like doing different things and tastes. The BBQ is of course delicious, but to eat this every weekend? You can make some other summer delicacies such as tapas and drink sangria is something different than wine. In this blog I like to share my favorite recipes and my tip for the tapas restaurant in Ibiza El Zaguan.

  1. tapas, where does it come from?
  2. original Pimientos de padrón recipe
  3. sangria my favorite recipe
  4. watermelon salad to eat your fingers with
  5. El Zaguan the tapas restaurant in Ibiza

Tapas, where does it come from?

Make a plate full of small bites and we already call it tapas. The word 'tapa' (plural 'tapas') is derived from the Spanish verb 'tapar', which means to cover or cover. If you translate 'tapa' literally it means 'lid'. And that's probably where the habit of covering your drink with a piece of bread and/or a slice of ham comes from so that no flies get into your glass. Originally Spanish tapa consisted of a piece of ham or chorizo ​​or other meat, sometimes a piece of cheese. Now when you are in Spain Tapas the choice is very large, the patatas brava (diced potato tomato sauce, of course the first Iberico ham, Carne con Tomato (meatballs in tomato sauce) and one of my favorites.
Tapas recipes

Original Pimientos de Padrón recipe

Pimientos de padrón, green peppers in oil and sea salt from the oven.
If you can find them in the Netherlands, the preparation is very simple.


  • 400 Padrón peppers small green peppers
  • 2 big garlic cloves
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • coarse sea salt

Peel the garlic cloves and cut them into four wedges. Take a pan and put on high heat. Pour in the olive oil and let it heat up. Wash the peppers with water and dry them well. Fry the garlic wedges briefly in the heated olive oil. Immediately add the peppers. Bake for about 30 seconds, almost frying before turning them over. Fry all over and pierce the peppers with a knife to remove the air. They are ready when you see some 'brown' spots. Remove them from the pan without taking the oil and place them in a bowl with some kitchen paper. You don't want to taste too much oil and now sea salt over it and stir. Serve in a nice bowl and you're done

Pimientos de Padron

Sangria, my favorite recipe

And with tapas you drink beer, but preferably sangria! I love it, so much that I've tried every recipe I could find over the years. With and without cava, red or white, different fruits and yes even a recipe without alcohol. Sangria is for a Spaniard and how the recipes are created. You can't order sangria by the glass in Spain, but it's not really the intention. You order it per carafe and share it with everyone you sit with on the terrace, beach or while eating at the table. But of course also delicious at home, and then in large quantities. Everyone in Spain has their own recipe and it tastes different everywhere. Other wine, cava, fruit or secret ingredients. Yes, I have that in my recipe too.

This is my favorite sangria recipe

  • one bottle (approx. 75cl) red wine
  • 250 ml cava
  • the juice of 1 orange but a lime is also allowed
  • you mix with coarsely sliced ​​oranges, mango, melon,
  • blueberries
  • ice cubes in it and my secret ingredient: 2 stevia sweeteners ☺

TIP : Make the sangria an hour or two in advance so that the fruit absorbs the sangria.

Would you like to receive more sangria recipes, even without alcohol? Over the years I have collected many. Then sign up at HanneHaves and receive the e-book: My most delicious Sangria recipes .

Sangria recipe

Watermelon salad to eat your fingers

Watermelon, you can wake me up for it. Simply bite into a disc and let the juice drip down your cheeks. During my travels through Asia, the non sweetend watermelon juice was my favorite drink. But this watermelon salad is really to die for, the sweetness of the watermelon, the saltyness of the olives and freshness of the mint, so delicious! And then you almost have the recipe:

  • cut watermelon into large pieces and put in a large salad bowl
  • finely chop fresh mint and save a few leaves for decoration
  • feta cheese, cubes or crumble a large piece
  • cut black olives into small slices, whole is also allowed

During dinners with friends I make 2 large containers because they can't be dragged and so on.

Watermelon feta recipe

El Zaguan the tapas restaurant in Ibiza

Have you ever been to Ibiza? Then you have to go to the most authentic and tastiest tapas restaurant El Zaguan in Ibiza town. Time seems to have stood still here. Reservation is not possible so you have to wait patiently. But that's more than worth it. At the bar or at small tables with stools. Order cerveza (beer) or the house red which is divine. On the bar are showcases with cold tapas that you can take. And continuously waiters walk around with warm tapas, one even tastier than the other. Usually served on baguettes. Tip do not eat them all, it is not the intention, they are a kind of plates of snacks. There is a skewer in every tapas, which you keep because that determines the bill. Enjoy your meal, you won't regret it.

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More delicious recipes

You can find even more tapas dishes on the website of Nice Recipes where you will find easy recipes to make yourself. Great for a summer evening drink.

Author - Hanneke van Doorn
Hanneke is the creator of Happy Hippie jewelry from the brand HanneHaves . She has been making jewelry from her own studio for over 6 years, cheerful happy jewelry with a 'touch of Boho'. Unique jewelry of which only one piece is made. She loves color and especially turquoise, the sun, watermelon and shrimps, Ibiza of course and positive people.

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