Despite the lull in the icy blasts the weather was still a little inclement and it rained but being British we carried on with the planned party. Eladio our vet and his Sommelier girlfriend brought 8 friends and we were 14 ex-pats. There was lots of meat, calcots and artichokes as well as the wine to taste. Simon had prepared the terrace with a brilliant barbecue contrived out of the old fire grate and an extremely elderly Spanish wheel barrow and of course concrete blocks. It worked brilliantly.
I made three different Romesco sauces. One from Rick Steins recent book and two from Irving Davis’ book. The sweeter Irving Davis one was the most popular with the locals and the picante Davis one with the Brits.
Maria was very patient with us as we tried to get in the tasting zone. She had brought a little box of essesnces all different aroma’s and we were invited to guess what they were. The food tech teacher (Yo) was brilliant needless to say and spotted all four flavours we tested. Then we started on the wines. All local and one that Simon and I had tried at the Festast last year in Tortosa We tried one white wine and two reds. One of the guests spotted the grape varieties and the valdepenas were very well received. We ate and drank very well and by the time 6pm most of the clearing up had been done ! A jolly good time was had by all.