Saturday was my birthday dinner party. I had 17 round the table, which is the most I’ve ever catered for. Here was the menu:

Tortilla, roasted veg with pine nuts, spicy rice with peppers and mushrooms, bean salad, breaded paprika cauliflower, marinated steak, baked Spanish chicken, fried chorizo, patatas bravas, garlic and chive mayo, and salad.

I chopped all my veg and chorizo, and marinated the steak and chicken the night before. I woke up early on Satueday to get things started.

Bean salad: 2 tins Cannelini beans, 1 red onion, 5-8 halved cherry tomatoes, dessert spoon of dried basil, dash of red wine vinegar.

Tortilla: slice 1kg of potatoes and 1 white onion. Fry in a pan on a low heat and cook with a lid on for 30-40 mins til soft. Pour over 12 whisked eggs and leave on a low heat to cook slowly. Finish in the oven. The tortilla takes a while to cook but be patient!

Salad: boil 4 eggs for 7 minutes, put in cold water and peel. Chop into quarters. Mix up a chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and place the eggs on top. 

Roasted veg: butternut squash, red and orange pepper, courgette – chop and roll in olive oil. Season and bake at 180 for 35 mins. Sprinkle over pine nuts and bake for another 5 min.

Spicy rice: cook rice. Put chopped peppers, onion and mushrooms in a frying pan. Once cooked, add the rice to the frying pan – shake over paprika, smoked paprika, chilli powder and chilli flakes. 

Chicken: marinate in olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake at 180 degrees C for 35-40 mins.

Steak: marinate in olive oil, basil, and lots of black pepper. Fry for a minute on either side or to your liking!

Chorizo: chop chorizo and fry – no need to add oil as it cooks in it’s own fat! 

Patatas Bravas: chop 1kg potatoes in cubes and par boil. Drain and place on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. For the tomato sauce, add a finely chopped onion to a pan on the hob, add a minced garlic clove, sprinkle in a pinch of sugar. Pour in 2 tins of tomatoes, season, add smoked paprika, chilli powder and cook on a low heat for 10 mins. I served the tomato sauce in a jug as not to make the potatoes too soggy! 

Cauliflower: par boil cauliflower, wait to cool. In a bowl mix breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Roll individual pieces of cauliflower in in whisked egg and then egg crumbs. Shallow fry til golden brown. 

Mayo: I did cheat with the mayo – and just added chopped chives and minced garlic to the mayo!

I also served a ciabatta which was Tesco’s bake your own. I did make a lemon cake (see previous blog post) but no one ate it because my friend made amazing penguin cakes! 

 
I had a really lovely evening, thanks to all my chums for coming and sorry to the neighbours for making so much racket! 

Cheers!

 

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