I have said it before but it bears repeating, we are extremely fortunate to have such good neighbours here in Spain.
Yesterday, Pepe and Eladia invited us around to join their friends for lunch.
Most larger houses in Spain have an underbuild or basement which is used both as a garage and an entertaining space. Normally, it is only family and close friends that are entertained inside the house. Of course, these spaces are well equipped for the purpose with tiled floors, painted walls, electricity, lighting and services for a kitchen.
The party started with the men gathering downstairs for a glass or two of beer whilst the ladies were given a conducted tour of the magnificent house.
Once we were sat down, the tables were laden with bowls of crisps, plates of langostines, pieces of toast with smoked salmon and caviar, other toasts with membrilla and cheese, olives wrapped in anchovies. and dishes of olives.
Then we had a mixed salad of tomatoes decorated with anchovies, slices of cogollos, pickled onions and olives from Pepe’s garden.
The main course was a casserole of chick peas, tripe and potatoes. This is a typical dish from the area which is often served as a tapas.
The dessert comprised pastries filled with cream or chocolate. bunuelos drizzled with honey and a rosca of sweet bread.
Pam and I would like to thank Pepe and Eladia for inviting us, those who prepared the food for an excellent lunch and all of the guests for their company.