A more relaxed evening is in store tonight as we enjoy the third European Vacation with Raymond Capaldi dinner - this time we taste the delights of Spain.
This week the extras are 3 tapas dishes and 2 side dishes and I don't really have to say that we've opted for the complete menu.
The mussels are buried underneath gorgeously moorish salsa, which has just enough bite to keep you wanting more. The presentation is delightful.
Crisp coated bites of chicken, chard and saffron - so good we ordered another plate!
Did we just step into a black & white movie? No, that's just my wonky colour problems again though I have finally figured out the reason. Coloured candles! Poor silly camera cannot cope with the varying light and since I'm not going to use flash you'll just have to put up with it.
Beautiful baby leeks, grilled until just tender, served in their own envelope. It was interesting to note how the garlic allioli mellowed in flavour when eaten with the leek, a brilliant match.
To drink: Delgado Zuleta La Goya Manzanilla
To drink: 2006 Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño
They may look like olives in the photo but they are Volcanic Butter beans, a rather remarkable ingredient that I am going to have to get my hands on.
To drink: 2004 Marqués de Riscal Reserva Tempranillo
The next photo shows the tenderness of the lamb.
A push of the fork and it slipped off the bone.
To drink: 2007 Gandia Moscatel Fustanova
Just when you thought things couldn't get better, we were served this. This is a dessert where it is greater than the sum of its parts - eat the components separately they are okay but put them together and you end up with something special.
To top of a wonderful evening we finish with glasses of NV Bodegas Alvear 1927 Dulce Viejo Pedro Ximenez.
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