Tortilla Española

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My parents are first generation immigrants from Spain, they came together looking for a bright future for not only them but they're only daughter, me. They've been here twenty years and have never regretted it for a second. The object I chose to represent my families story is a traditional spanish dish called “Tortilla Española”. Tortilla Española is something that my mother and father were brought up eating when they were younger and both learned to cook at a young age. Its the Spanish version of an omelette and is sometimes confused with a Mexican “tortilla” when mentioned. It is commonly served as a “tapa” in spanish bars. I have grown up eating my mothers tortilla for as long as I can remember and it is not only one of my favorite but many of our friends favorite dish. My parents came to this country and left everything behind when they were only in their mid twenties and they're way of keeping their surroundings feeling like home is by speaking the native language of castellano along with gallego witch is a dialect very close to Portuguese, and cooking delicious things that both of my grandparents used to cook. Immigrating to a foreign place was the scariest thing my parents probably had to go through, they never felt more vulnerable then when they were without family or help in another country. It brought struggle and hardship but they have always felt it was the best and scariest decision that they had ever made.

Year: 1995

– Marta Torea

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant