Illustrated Tapas Tuesday!

Food and illustration are two of my absolute favourite things… so combining the two, for me, is a recipe for amazingness! Inspired by a very special celebratory Mediterranean meal I cooked, here’s a little illustrated asparagus tapas dish and a compulsory bowl of olives (recipe below!)


Isobel Barber


Sautéed asparagus, toasted almonds & Manchego cheese


36 asparagus spears

140g unsalted butter

100g whole blanched almonds

Juice of 1 lemon

50g best-quality Manchego cheese


Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and plunge in the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 mins, drain, then leave them to sit somewhere warm.

Next, put the butter into a cold pan with the almonds. Carefully heat it up, watching that the butter doesn’t get too dark. When it just turns golden brown and is beginning to foam, remove from the heat and pour in the lemon juice to stop the cooking.

Arrange the asparagus onto 6 serving plates and spoon over some of the brown butter and almonds. Shave the cheese with a peeler, scatter over and serve.

(Label love!…)




Thanks for stopping by x


2 thoughts on “Illustrated Tapas Tuesday!

  1. Beautiful illustrations – you have a very clever technique; it looks very much like modern, computer graphics. I have to admit I much prefer the hands-on approach myself. Lovely stuff.

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