Alan and I have just got back from sunny Spain with a suitcase full of salami, chorizo, cheese, olives, Iberico ham, saffron (I daren't put anything else on the list - Alan will despair!) As always we start off with a menu then add to it on the night - we promie you won´t go home hungry!
A large board of all things charcuterie, 6 different types of salamis, 4 different types of olives and 5 different types of cheeses served with a variety of breads to tear and share. We brought back some Pata Negra ham which worked out at £259 per kilo - this we will lovingly take out of its wrapper, reverently placed on a plate and let you have a sniff of it - only kidding there will be literally a sliver each ...
Tortilla - A Spanish classic with only three ingredients, eggs, potatoes and onions but done well it is a miraculous thing.
We are going to do something sexy with tomatoes.....
Roasted peppers with sea salt and olive oil - Pedron peppers if I can get hold of some if not just ordinary peppers made extraordinary.
Fideaus is a seafood dish originally from the coast of Valencia which is similar to paella but uses pasta (yes pasta) instead of rice - don´t knock it till you´ve tried it!
And relax ......
Oranges are synonymous with Spain producing some of the best oranges in the world we are going to take some oranges and bake them into a sticky orange polenta cake with a zesty citrus drizzle
A boozy tiramisu - a classic Italian desert - mascarpone and eggs are whipped up in to a frenzy and then layered in-between espresso martini coffee soaked sponge.