When Blackburn's premier rock pub the Sir Charles Napier closed its doors in June 2015 a group of regulars stepped in to save it. From September 2016 the Napier has been run as the UK's first community-run rock pub and venue offering live music and the best jukebox in town. Come to our first joint event and help them raise vital funds to keep the place going, £4 of every ticket sale will go to The Napier as a donation and when you purchase drinks at the bar every sip will help save this iconic venue.
#Please note before you book, this event is taking place in a rock pub, raw, grungy, alive and serious about music! Don't bring anything to drink you can purchase beverages at the bar.
A large board of all things charcuterie, different types of salamis, olives and cheeses served with a variety of breads to tear and share. (I will put the salami on a separate board so any vegetarians can still tuck in)
Tortilla - A Spanish classic with only three ingredients, eggs, potatoes and onions but done well it is a miraculous thing. (V)
Homemade Labneh - a yogurt based soft cheese with olives, pistachios and basil - go on dip it in and give it a whirl. (V)
Hot Chorizo With Red Wine, Peas and Chickpeas -Cooking this dish fills the 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) and peas 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. (V)
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 rosemary and saffron - pan fried off the bone chicken thighs with a hint of rosemary and saffron.
Roasted tomatoes with sea salt and a yogurt dressing - sometimes it is best to let the ingredients sing for themselves. (V)
Aubergine Pahi- technically this is a dry Sri Lankan curry (not spicy hot at all) and on the menu just to balance out equal dishes for any vegetarians. My version is a bit more like a pickle. I serve it cold with lots of fresh bread to dunk into, I promise the meat eaters will be scratching your eyes out for a dip into this one. (V)
And relax ......
Especially for Rachael a selection of home made meringue kisses with fresh whipped cream.
Sticky Orange Polenta Cake With a Zesty Citrus Drizzle - Oranges are synonymous with Spain producing some of the best oranges in the world, gluten free, zesty this will having you licking your lips.