Tonight, in conjunction with Phil Boulding, we are raising money for Secret Santa. Working with the support of Blackburn with Darwen children’s services the money raised tonight will help provide under privileged children with a “Santa Sack” of presents for them to open on Christmas Day, the gift of a book, selection box, a collaborative team game, teddy/doll type toy for them to cuddle and a main present just for them. If you can't come to dinner but want to donate either money or time let us know.
A large board of all things charcuterie, salamis, chorizo, olives, air dried hams served with a variety of breads to tear and share.
Tortilla - A Spanish classic with only three ingredients, eggs, potatoes and onions but done well it is a miraculous thing.
Hot Chorizo With Chickpeas -Cooking this dish fills my kitchen with smells of my Spanish grandma. Onions are fried with a touch of garlic, a splash of wine, a bay leaf and then chorizo is chased around the pan till it releases all its flavours and aromas turning the pan a deep ruby red. A last minute addition of garbanzos (chickpeas) brings this dish to a finale.
Roasted Red Onions with a Walnut Salsa - Not sure this needs much explanation red onions are roasted and dotted with some soft goats cheese and drizzled with the walnut dressing, trust me this is one of the most popular dishes at dinner and disappears as soon as it hits the table, e have fed 500 people and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't like it, but Phil there is always a first time!!!
Chicken with a Mustard and Smoked Paprika Marinade - My mum is Spanish and every time one of us goes over to see family my requests are bring back saffron and sweet smoked paprika both of which are used in this dish.
Albondigas – you will always find these on tapas menus. The thing that makes these homemade beef meatballs special is the sauce. The meatballs are first fried in an onion and smoked garlic infused olive oil until golden brown then a slightly spicy sun dried tomato pasata is added. This is then simmered until reduced to a thick, picante, yummy deep sunny sauce.
Chicken With Caramelised Onions and Cardamom Rice - this one pot wonder is a great way to cook chicken and rice together, the rice infuses with the chicken juices, comfort food personified.
Patatas a Lo Pobre - Literally translates as "poor man's potatoes" and comes from the genre of peasant cooking that Spain is well known for. Potatoes, onion and peppers are layered, sprinkled with a dressing of olive oil and white wine vinegar then slowly roasted in the bottom of the oven making the top layer crunchy (my sister and I always fought over this much loved top layer it's inexplicably delicious).
And relax ......
Sticky Orange Polenta Cake With a Zesty Citrus Drizzle - Oranges are synonymous with Spain producing some of the best oranges in the world. If you have ever been to Seville or Valencia you will know that the streets are lined with orange trees and the scent of blossom fills the air.
Dark Chocolate, Cardamom and Espresso Mouse Cake -Where do I begin, everyone loves chocolate cake, add into this love affair some rich chocolate, a hint of spice and then make it lighter than air with a whisper of a kiss - and there you have it.
Then there is the mega cheeseboard - we are going to make a special trip to Waitrose for tonight. There will be a selection of foreign and local cheese some hard, some soft - so soft they are practically gooey served with grapes, walnuts, figs, biscuits, membrillo, a plethora of biscuits.
Fresh coffee served with a variety of after dinner mints,there is also Yorkshire tea, mint tea, green tea, liquorice tea, pomegranate and apple tea and decaf coffee if anyone wants one.
hi Maria, really looking forward to Friday night, the menu sounds amazing. Could I just remind you that one of the four I booked for doesn't do cheese in any way - you did say he could be locked under the stairs. See you Friday evening when if you want I can talk to you about Community Spirit volunteers.
take care Debbie
Hi. I'm looking to book four places for the secret Santa event. One of the party doesn't like cheese in any form ( I don't understand it lol) would this be a problem? Also do we bring our own drinks along.
Thanks Debbie xx