This weekend I cooked a Spanish themed lunch. This was the menu:-
Red peppers with capers
Deep fried squid
Salsa, Aioli and Anchoiade
Main course: Jamie Oliver‘s Spanish Chicken with Chorizo
Dessert: Orange and Almond Cake
Fresh fruit salad
Cream or Vanilla ice cream
Cheese and biscuits
I’ll post the recipes and photos during the week; but it was a great idea, well received and I’d certainly repeat it! It really encourages relaxed conversation and a convivial atmosphere.
I love Tapas – there is some great info here. We went to Seville for our honeymoon and the Tapas was AMAZING! The best ever! It’s certainly difficult to recreate some of the tastes and flavours but I was determined to try! Although my very favourite are the ham and cheese croquettes which I’ve never really mastered!
The only thing I’m never sure about is the portion sizes – I always cook too much as I never want to feel guests are hungry – so I did try to ensure I didn’t cook enough for a full starter size for everyone!
Recipe for Prawn, Chorizo and White Bean Tapas
– serves 6 as part of a mix of small plates
400g canned white beans (I used butter beans)
12 mini chorizos (I used about 150g)
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and pepper
12 large peeled prawns
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 quartered lemon
Drain and rinse the beans
Slice the chorizo and gently fry in the oil
Stir in the prawns, beans, parsley, season with the salt and pepper.
Tip onto a serving platter and serve with lemon wedges
Notes I made this the day before and then added the prawns just before serving.
Tomorrow the rest of the starter recipes……