Our Spanish cook out was lovely (as always) and there were some very interesting dishes to try! We started off by having sardines, rolled in salt and grilled over open coals. I have never had that before and didn’t really think I was going to enjoy them. P made a lovely Mediterranean bread, and the combo, for me, was delicious! We had two variations of paella, a Spanish oxtail and my Pork Empanado. Cheryl made deep fried custard in true Spanish tradition – all washed down with copious amounts of wine, lots of chattering and even more laughter and good music!
I thought I would tell you how we run our “Cook out” – there are so many different variations! Our’s is quite simple, but a lot of fun!
There are 5 couples. We each have a turn to host the function and to choose the theme. The hosts prepare the starter / snacks and the dessert while each couple prepares a main dish. These dishes are numbered, and after dinner, we all get a turn to vote. The dish with the most votes, wins the prize which is supplied by the hosting couple.
I know a couple of clubs who dress up according to the theme, or you could have a games evening as part of the fun. Another suggestion is that each couple bring another couple that no-one knows. That way you can increase your circle of friends!
Here are some happy moments from Saturday night!
Ready for baking
Grilled Sardines with salt and lots of lemon
Friends, Sean, Collette and Ezio
Shelley and Lesley
Sleeping Storm wrapped up in Philip's Jacket
Can't have a Spanish evening, with a whole bunch of Bulls supporters (SA Super 14 rugby side who won the Super 14 on Saturday night) and no matador!
This is the next Spanish recipe I am going try - orignal Paella!