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When life gets in the way …

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Must get round to doing that, must make a to do list, focus, focus, focus… but life has got in the way.

A hectic life I’m sure many of us have to deal with, a juggling act of family, work, food and friends.

Well the past few weeks at La Rosilla, have been just like this, opportunities, set-backs, entertaining, taxiing, hosting and of course cooking & eating…now that is my favourite part.

The weather also has been a bonus, but sometimes can lead you astray, with little 5 minute sit downs, lasting longer than ought , when you sit and stare at the wonders of clear turquoise skies, swallows, dipping and diving, bees busy with their business, with wonderful sunshine, and temperatures to rival summer days.

Outside cooking & entertaining becomes front of mind, and weather forecasts are studied regularly, to check for unwanted showers.

Fresh ingredients from the garden are enjoyed, and flowers in abundance are picked to adorn the home, and create a cheery feel of Spring and summer to come.

Since moving to Spain, I’ve been fortunate to learn how to cook, Paellas and Arrozs of many different flavours, and I find these dishes are a great way to feed an army of people, economically, healthily and heartily, with a real taste of Spain.

During the last few weeks, I have cooked Paella for 50 french and Spanish students, whilst they were enjoying a day in the Campo (Countryside) playing traditional family games. In this paella I used pork and green beans, delish ! A few hours to prepare, and devoured in minutes…well I suppose that’s the sign of tasty grub.

My second Arroz, was made in a more leisurely way, whilst entertaining friends from Familyinspain , its a great social way to cook, as long as your ingredients are all prepared before hand, they are just added one by one, you can enjoy the odd vino or fino, whilst chatting and cooking, with guests looking on. If you’d like to learn to cook Paella or arroz, that’s “No problema.  This time I chose, a wild mushroom and chicken arroz, garnished with steamed asparagus.

The first broad beans of the season, are ready to be podded. My children enjoy sitting in the sun with a bowl and pod away. I love to serve them as an appetizer in a broad bean and fresh pea dip, delicious spread on warm bruchetta.

BROAD BEAN AND PEA DIP.

 

A big handful of podded fresh broad beans.

A small handful of podded fresh peas or defrosted frozen peas,

Juice and zest of 1 lemon.

1 clove of garlic, chopped.

Good glug of olive oil.

A handful of freshly grated Parmesan.

A 5 mint leaves chopped finely

Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

 

  • With a blender, whizz, peas, beans, lemons juice, olive oil and garlic.
  • Stir in Parmesan, mint and seasoning.
  • Serve, with crudites, warm pittas or piled on bruchetta.

 

A real taste of Spring flavours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Early to rise !

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I was on the early shift this morning, taking No1 daughter to catch the bus, normally the job of my OH, but he is having a rare day off – well not really off,  painting the outside of La Rosilla is his task for today, I thought I’d better soften the blow with a warm scrummy breakfast.

Also feeling like I’ve been up for hours, my metabolism is already thinking its time for my refueling, something I don’t normally do till mid morning, when I can sit, calm, fresh made coffee in hand and enjoy it.

 

Today I whipped up some cheese and ham potato cakes, with a fried egg on the side and a swirl of  tomato ketchup, well I thought a swirl made my TK look a little more arty ! It’s a quick dish to prepare , and I always make extra mash potato to use in dishes like this, or croquetas and fab Bubble and Squeak.

 

TO MAKE

 

Mix together mashed potato (mine hand some leftover broccoli in too) ,

a handful of  strong grated cheese,

ham chopped into pieces

A little salt and black pepper.

 

Dip into breadcrumbs, and little fry in some Olive Oil until golden.

Serve with a poached egg, or fried egg.

Add a side sauce of your choice , TK, Daddies or Chilli.

 

Enjoy

Well off to paint we go…but first a Cafe Solo, to charge my energy levels.

Happy Friday x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfresco can’t wait !

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Eating Alfresco, is enjoyed at every opportunity we have in Winter and Early Spring, so when dry, and temperatures mild, outside we go. Cooking over wood, gives off the wonderful aroma, of outside dining, a few rosemary sprigs, thrown onto the fire, adds to the heady scent, and perfumes the food delicately too.

A favourite for us are racks of ribs, basted in a rich sweet and sticky sauce, finger lickin good.

Accompaniments, of salad leaves picked from the veggie patch, and creamy Potato and Onion gratin give a rich indulgent comforting twist. Together with tomatoes roasted with herbs, and topped with grated cured goats cheese, baked on the side with Morcilla, (Spanish black pudding) .

Delicious dreaming on a cold wet day in Spain, but a dream, we’re lucky enough to know will soon come true once more.