Recipe of the day – Spanish-themed lunch Part 1

This weekend I cooked a Spanish themed lunch.  This was the menu:-

Tapas starters – olives, crusty bread, oil and balsamic vinegar

White bean, prawn and chorizo tapas

Red peppers with capers

Deep fried squid

Salsa, Aioli and Anchoiade


Main course:      Jamie Oliver‘s Spanish Chicken with Chorizo

Green salad


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.

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Tomorrow the rest of the starter recipes……




About weheartcards Esther Warner started designing cards several years ago, then in 2003 she returned to University as a mature student, completing an IT degree. Since then she has developed her passion for paper and creativity by computerised card-making. In the corporate world she was awarded ‘Worcestershire Businesswoman of the Year’ in 2005 Esther says, “When was little I loved getting post. The excitement of getting a letter or something delivered to my door when it WASN’T my birthday or Christmas was really exciting. Wondering who had sent it and what it could be…. The anticipation of opening the envelope to discover what was inside was thrilling! ” In later years Esther was very homesick at boarding school and the daily post distribution became the most exciting part of the day. Each card from we♥cards is filled with love and made for the recipient personally, Esther hopes that they convey the excitement she felt when she was small and received a letter from her Grandma!
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