It's now Saturday and I've still got the blisters to remind me of what a trek that was.
In any case, today was just as eventful--with lots of cooking, all day really! Ann's daughter and son-in-law are here for their first anniversary, and I had the pleasurable honor to cook the family a Spanish dinner inspired my employment at Jaleo, Jose Andrés' tapas restaurant in DC. And just thinking about my mom, I am reminded that cooking is labor intensive, and yet a simple pleasure in life. Oh, and what a feast it is to share!
for starters, Don something's bottled sangria..yes, bottled. cheap and convenient, and oh, so tasty. (note: artistan jug not included)
three sides: apple, manchego cheese and almond salad (this was a first for me, and it was one to savor over!); the famous apple cider, red peppers quinoa salad (this time with white beans and pomegranates picked from Ann's tree) and of course, no Spanish meal is complete without patatas bravas (and my very own homemade, spicy romesco dipping sauce).
and oh, the crowd pleaser of the evening-- paella! i have to say, i'm quite proud of myself. the only other time i had made paella was after moving into my apartment during my first week at cal, and for friends i had just made the day before. i suppose this is a celebration of the new and old!
and for dessert, something i've been drooling over just thinking about..the flan from jaleo. so light and airy and sweet and savory. this was my attempt, and thankfully, it was a success. russ licked every little bit off. you can find the recipe by googling jaleo flan.
and leftover luxury brownies (not so spanish unless you consider the home grown almonds, hand-picked and cracked) i had made the night before as a welcoming treat for rachel and russ. this was my first attempt at tamami from coco and me's recipe. i have been a longtime follower of her blog and you can imagine how excited my tastebuds were when i got to visit her stall, live in action, at london's happenin' broadway market on the east end.
buenas noches, amores!