Wednesday, 11 May 2011

So there we are again, after the season of long weekends and and family visits we are back. Summer has finally entered into our lives and there is no way to avoid thinking about a sunny places where you can enjoy culinary delights. Places like Spain... again. Hehe, well, we like to go back there with our senses at every opportunity. The idea of the day has started with the fact that I visited the charity shop and on the shelf I noticed two wine glasses that I just knew that were going to be great on our dining table. Two high, made of slightly thick greenish glass which beautifully fits the vision of summer, sun and house wine. So without hesitation I bought them (for the entire £2.5) and happily started to going back home. Along the way I thought about what to cook for a dinner...
I have had the glases so perhaps I should have the wine too. Red one will be great I thought, in contrast with the color of the glass. It would look nice if table will be set with different sort of food. At this point, I was on the verge of thinking... Tapas! Well, just an idea for a meal. Along the way home I visited the store and yet bought a cured ham and 300 grams of lean beef. An vision of the dinner appeared in my head. Just few more things, the Greek style yogurt, cucumber, mint - all have probably guessed, it will be also Tzatziki sauce this evening :) - and I've already got everything that we missed in the refrigerator.

As a result, on the table were:

Grilled Beef with feta cheese
Pork loin wrapped in ham and also grilled,
Baked potatoes in olive oil with chilli
Dried tomatoes
Salad with iceberg lettuce and tomatoes

If it comes to the pork I thought that the meat well-seasoned and baked by Daria's mom will fit perfectly into our culinary journey. So the Polish pork has become a part of the idea of ​​tapas.

How? Here is a recipe for ham and pork in a long time maturing ham:

Chopped pork into three 1 cm thick slices. Then cut each slice in half, put half of the red grape on each of them as well as a small sprig of thyme and then wrapped in a slice of ham. After drizled it with olive oil grill for about 15 minutes.

3 slices of homemade roast pork loin
3 large red grapes
6 slices of cured ham
6 small sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Beef with a Greek touch
Diced beef marinated with pressed garlic, balsamic red vinegar, a pinch of pepper, dried smoked paprika, a pinch of chilli flakes, basil, oregano and a pinch of salt. I put it all into the tarracota cassuelas tossed with olive oil and leave for half an hour then I put it in the oven set on a grill option. Mixing from time to time to make beef crispy each side after about an hour I added finely diced feta cheese and added to my beef for a further 15 minutes.

300 grams of lean beef steak cut into cubes about 2cm
100 grams feta cheese cut into cubes
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon dried smoked red peppers
1 / 2 teaspoon oregano
1 / 2 teaspoon basil
1 / 2 cup olive oil
80 ml ​​balsamic red vinegar
pinch of salt, pepper and chilli peppers

Glasses worked perfectly and became probably our favorite wine glasses. Rays of the evening sun entered through the window and warmed up a room with reddish colour and again we felt like in Spain on the road to Santiago....

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