|Tortilla Squares baked in the oven|
We used a mixture of books and the internet to source the recipes, so we had a fairly eclectic mix. We didn’t have any fish as one of us doesn’t eat it at all and we thought it best to avoid it on this occasion, which was a pity as it would have added another dimension.
|Ropa Vieja, or ‘Old Clothes’ for using up leftovers!|
I’m not going to reproduce any of the recipes here as they can be found on many sites through the simple method of googling. There are whole blogs on the subject for heaven’s sake, and cooks who will speak with far more authority, and at great length on the correct way to do it. I’m just going to showcase some of the dishes we had to whet your appetite. We could have bought a lot of this ‘ready-made’ but it was more fun to start from scratch, even to the extent of blanching our own almonds for the nibbles section, apparently this is far tastier. Not sure I’d bother again.
|Spicy toasted almonds|
|Marinated olives (very lemonny and garlicky - that’s a technical term!)|
|Little portions of steak to dip in chilli sauce|
|Papas Arrugadas (Wrinkly Potatoes)|
|Mojo Sauces (very garlicky too!)|
|Tiny beef meatballs with tomato sauce|
|Tiny pork meatballs with almond sauce|
We couldn’t decide on which meatballs , so we did both!
We eat a lot of aubergines here and these were marinated and served warm; lovely!
|A variation on that good old standby Lemon Chicken|