Monday, August 27, 2012

Spanish Terracotta Coffee Mugs

spanish terracotta coffee mugs
Spanish terracotta coffee mugs are fantastically efficient, terracotta keeps your coffee warm, insulates and also looks great. Strictly speaking a coffee 'mug' should have a handle of sorts but in true Andalucian style these mugs are designed with simplicity in mind - hot coffee, no handles to crack whilst delivering a true Mediterranean feel to the breakfast or indeed lunchtime table.

Pop a swirl of cream on top of your torrefacto in one of these and you can almost be in Spain! Terracotta, whilst keeping drinks hot also has the reverse effect and can keep drinks cool so these coffee mugs whilst designed for primarily coffee also double up as a short beer glass - quick tapas, cold beer...

Each piece measures 10cm tall and has a diameter of 7cm making them ideal for the Spanish restaurant, tapas party and general day to to day enjoyment. If you already have Spanish terracotta in your kitchen then these pieces will certainly compliment your collection - Cazuelas will get the guests asking questions, terracotta coffee mugs will be loved by everyone!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Terracotta Tapas Trays

Sometimes a product stands out, catches the eye and after many requests from Australian tapas bars and restaurants for something 'unique' to serve tapas and dips we thought that this little arrangement would fit the bill perfectly.

There is nothing quite like visiting the manufacturers that make pieces such as these so when something new comes up it offers a good opportunity to a chat about fresh ideas and of course discover new ceramic products for customers.

The terracotta trays or 'bandejas planas' that make up this tapas serving arrangement are actually quite large measuring 36cm x 20cm allowing for a display of bread sticks, carrot batons, sliced cucumber and all the usual suspects used for dipping. The mini bowls are also just the right size measuring 6cm across, they can be filled with a variety of Spanish salsas, allioli (garlic mayonnaise), mojo sauce, barbeque sauce and many more. Ideal for the tapas party as well as Spanish themed establishments these terracotta tray sets really do provide a solution to serving Spanish tapas.

Sets are available with 2, 3, 4 & 6 mini tapas bowls and are easily cleaned, durable and highly functional so why not serve in typical Spanish style? Available August 2012.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Cazuela Boards

Cazuela wooden boards
Spanish terracotta cazuelas get hot - very hot in fact and unlike many other types of cookware they also retain their heat for some time afterwards. Place a piping hot terracotta cazuela onto a hard cold work surface such as granite or marble and there is the chance that you may end up with disasterous results because as with glass and other clay cookware cazuelas don't tend to like extreme differences in temperture...

There is also the table top to consider, eating outdoors is of course fantastic but the guests will not be impressed with the smell of burning plastic followed by the chilli garlic prawns disappearing through the center of your plastic garden table.

Keeping things as natural as possible we welcome the wooden 'cazuela board', available in various sizes from 14cm - 30cm these inch thick wooden boards both reduce thermal shock for your terracotta and also fully protect your table tops and work surfaces. Essentially a multi purpose round serving board some of the local bars, restaurants and indeed ourselves (yes we have a outdoor plastic table..!) are now taking advantage of what is a very simple solution to serving piping hot Spanish dishes in their terracotta cazuelas. Spanish cooking is a friends and family affair where just with the paella the food is placed in the pan/cazuela it was cooked in center table for everyone to dig in. With cazuelas becoming so hot a wooden board is the ideal solution for all types of serving scenarios including those sizzling garlic prawns.

These concave round boards are made from pine, an economical but hard wearing wood that is also open to staining and dressing so why leave them their natural colour when for a couple of pounds or euros down the DIY store you can get some small tins of wood stain and put your own ideas and colours to work. Tapas are all about colour, served in rustic terracotta tapas do not get any more Spanish so why not consider adding some colour and functionality to the table and create your own personalised way of presenting your Spanish food?

'Cazuela Board Sets' available here.