I seem to have muddled up my weeks, that’s not difficult for me ;). So my #cookfromthebooks challenge, is a medley of what I’ve been up-to, and a favourite recipe from La Rosilla. I would love of course to travel with my cook books in tow, well they’re my babies, but don’t think I could get away with that on my low cost airline travel bag allowance !
I am now back on my m0untain at La Rosilla, and have been rewarded by wall to wall sunshine and and balmy temperatures. I have been most lucky, as I too enjoyed lovely warm spring temperatures for my last few days in Sussex. I was fortunate to be given a guided visit of Brighton and amble along the pier, through the lanes and parks and have a birds eye view of the city on the giant ferris wheel. Suitably proud of my bravery ( I don’t do heights) once over the initial revolution, and only looking forward I actually quite enjoyed it !
Obligatory rock for my children was purchased, and seaside photos taken. Students, picnicked, and braved the cold sea, folks relaxed on traditional deckchairs, beautiful Brighton was alive.
During my two weeks away caring for my charge, I loved pottering in my cosy cottage kitchen and rustling up dishes and flavours with seasonal produce. Guests were invited to join us for supper, and I thoroughly enjoyed helping my charge entertain once more since the passing some years ago of his wife.
A trusty La Rosilla favourite recipe of Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish pate, with a Beetroot compote started our meal, and was washed down with a chilled bottle of fizz.
Smoked Mackeral & Horseradish Pate
125 g Cream Cheese
2 x smoked mackerel or 1 x tin Caballos de sur (Spain)
1 x lemon juice & zest
1 tbsp of creamed horseradish
handful of finely chopped chives
Salt & freshly black pepper.
- In a bowl stir the cream cheese until soft.
- add chopped mackerel and stir through.
- add lemon juice & zest – Stir
- stir in horseradish
- season and just before serving stir through chopped chives.
This is lovely served as a dip with crudites, or put into tiny croustades for canapes.
I served it with home-made bread, and zesty beetroot compote & peppery rocket salad.
During my time away, I perused many a menu, and sampled some delicious hearty fayre. It was a pleasure to see so many cooking styles a multi cultural tastes being offered. Two simple yet very tasty plates, that I will endeavour to reproduce at La Rosilla, were a Bubble and squeak cake, topped with thick ham off the bone, and oozing poached egg, the other the most succulent pork belly and most crunchy crackling I had ever eaten, I pushed the wheelchair extra hard and fast after that dish to burn those calories, but it was worth it 😉
Case over-loaded with choccie goodies, a delicious leg of lamb for Sunday lunch, and food magazines, I headed home, until next time.
Now to get back on track with my #cookfromthebooks challenge, and create some new tasty morsels for ‘Mi familia’