I'd spent most of my day off preparing - shopping, cooking, grinding, but still somehow managed to coerce them into chopping onions, washing mushrooms, pouring the wine, whilst I read the kids a bedtime story.
Still, in the end, it was worth it! José Pizarro's Seasonal Spanish Food, back in action:
During the day, I first made the lemon cheesecake I've made before.
Then the mojo de cilantro, a salty coriander dip - intense but addictive! You have to get Pizarro's book for this, it's just amazing.
|Mojo de Cilantro|
At this point I had to stop to get the kids from school, ballet lesson, school open day... so it was half an hour to go when I started the rest:
The Stuffed Peppers from Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals. Good flavour but slightly dried out - perhaps I left it under the grill for too long.
Catalan Spinach - usually just with spinach, but Sainsbury's didn't have any, so I got a bag of mixed spinach, rocket and watercress. Sorry José!
Fried mushrooms, with shallots and thyme, again from Pizarro's book, without the bread part. (bit of a blurry photo here, I don't know how much Cava has gone down at this stage).
|Fried Mushrooms with thyme|
Chorizo with cider, again from Seasonal Spanish food. I felt sorry for my veggie friend with this one, as it was so good! Full of flavour and I so love that chorizo taste.
|Chorizo with Cider|
Much praise all around for my efforts, despite my guests having to chop their own onions!
They even took a doggy bag home, a slice of tortilla, some mojo and a piece of cheesecake for my veggie friend, and tortilla and chorizo for the dad-to-be.
Photographs taken by the only sober person! (Not me...)