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Here we go with the Challenge Cook entry. I went for a 7 course Spanish style meal (Iberia, not Mexico) and we've just finished feeding 5 over quite a few hours. No complaints.....

 

First up, a little Tapas selection. 36 month cured, hand carved Jamon Iberico from the black footed pigs that root for acorns on the Iberian peninsula. Proper melt in the mouth. White anchovies, 24 month old Manchego cheese and Membrillo (quince jelly made from my quince tree). Served with a nice Cava (Spainish sparkling white wine).

 

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Next, Gazpacho Andaluz. Basically fresh vegetables in a glass. Tasty and refreshing.

 

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Followed by grill seared scallops with Morcilla, which is Spanish black pudding or blood sausage. Served with some cauliflower puree. I did say I was going to go with offal, but to be honest I don't think blood counts. These were excellent and the contrast between the sweet scallops and the Morcilla is wonderful. Sorry, but I didn't take photos of cooking the scallops.

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We had a bottle of young Spanish white wine with with this. Marques de la Sierra to be exact. Very nice indeed.

 

Main course, seafood paella (with a bit of chicken thrown in). And a bottle of Rioja.

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Followed up with a Sherry, Black Tea and Cardamom granita as a palette cleanser.

 

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Then Spanish Flan

 

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Finally, as a digestive, Spanish solero brandy, cafe solo and an almond tartlet.

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I am now officially full and life is good!

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@admmakesthat is a super looking meal. My wife is Colombian and she makes a mean paella. I showed her your entire Spanish (Espana) inspired meal and she gave it a two thumbs up. 

Great job on the meal/cook it brought back memories of my time in the Navy running the streets of Valencia and eating large.

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11 hours ago, skreef said:

Wow! That is one great meal. Can you share the tartlet recipe? They look great.

 

That's a "Ace" in the bag. Great Entry

 

Thanks a lot! The Almond tartlet recipe was:

 

Shortcrust pastry (shop bought, but you can of course make your own)

4oz softened butter

4oz golden caster sugar

2 large eggs beaten

4 oz almond meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)

1 tbsp plain flour

 

Beat the sugar and softened butter together until creamy, then incorporate the eggs, almond meal and plain flour.

 

Spoon filling into pastry disks sized to fit your baking tray(s) - you can either do tartlets or one large tart. If you are doing one large one, you should probably blind bake the pastry case first.

 

Then I added a Luxardo maraschino cherry to the middle of each one and some flaked almonds. Lesser cherries are of course available, or really any fruit you like. You could also put some jam/jelly in the pastry cases prior to adding the filling. 

 

Bake at 350-400F for 20-40 minutes depending on your oven/cooker arrangment.

 

When cooked and cooled dust with a little icing sugar to serve.

 

They were really good. Enjoy!

 

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On 12/3/2020 at 8:50 AM, adm said:

 

Thanks a lot! The Almond tartlet recipe was:

 

Shortcrust pastry (shop bought, but you can of course make your own)

4oz softened butter

4oz golden caster sugar

2 large eggs beaten

4 oz almond meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)

1 tbsp plain flour

 

Beat the sugar and softened butter together until creamy, then incorporate the eggs, almond meal and plain flour.

 

Spoon filling into pastry disks sized to fit your baking tray(s) - you can either do tartlets or one large tart. If you are doing one large one, you should probably blind bake the pastry case first.

 

Then I added a Luxardo maraschino cherry to the middle of each one and some flaked almonds. Lesser cherries are of course available, or really any fruit you like. You could also put some jam/jelly in the pastry cases prior to adding the filling. 

 

Bake at 350-400F for 20-40 minutes depending on your oven/cooker arrangment.

 

When cooked and cooled dust with a little icing sugar to serve.

 

They were really good. Enjoy!

 

Thanks so much. Going to make these. Love Almond. Thanks for sharing

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