When we were in Melbourne last year we had to try the food at MoVida, having heard so many good things about it. And we weren’t disappointed. Husband and I both love our seafood, so it wasn’t surprising that we had the sardines and octopus. And we also couldn’t resist the sound of the bomba: a Catalan recipe of crispy deep fried balls of mashed potato with a chorizo filling. I was super excited when I found the recipe online, with a video demonstration by chef Frank Camorra. I will just note that I needed a bit more olive oil to get the mashed potato to hold together, and rather than shaping the potato balls into a disc I found it easier to make balls, and then gently poke my finger into the middle to make a hollow for the filling. I also didn’t get the forty balls that the recipe states, so maybe mine were a wee bit big. This isn’t a difficult recipe, but it does take a little time and patience. If the above picture tempts you at all, you can find the recipe and video here.

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