Spanish festival fiesta!*
I absolutely adore Spain – the food, the culture, the people. I usually visit there at least once a year and I would really love for my parents to get a villa there so it’s even easier for me to visit the beautiful country, although they seem pretty dead set on Portugal. I was beyond excited when Monarch Airlines sent me a whole hamper full of goodies so that I could recreate the Spanish experience at home.
The hamper contained all the ingredients for sangria, my favourite Spanish drink, a Spanish phrasebook for brushing up on my language skills, and a voucher to buy all the ingredients to make delicious tapas. My knowledge of spanish adjectives wasn’t quite as extensive as I hoped it was, so I knew there were some improvements I had to make if I wanted to survive in Spain, plus it was a great way for me to quickly learn something new.
The boyf and I invited my brother and his lovely girlfriend round for a Spanish-style dinner party. Unfortunately my brother wasn’t very well (awww!) and so they cancelled…but we decided to have a fiesta anyway! We made the sangria, bought some tapas ingredients and tested each other on Spanish phrases.
We went for a selection of continental meats, feta cheese (ok, so I know this isn’t Spanish but we are due to go to Greece in a couple of weeks and so we also wanted to get in the mood for that!) and some delicious bread, but you could also make mini Spanish omelettes (I saw on TV a great way of making them in a bun baking tray), delicious juicy grilled prawns and (a personal fave) patatas bravas. Also – a seafood paella is a great Spanish main!
Recipe for making your own sangria
- Red wine
- Orange juice
- A dash of Martini Rosso
- A dash of banana syrup
- A dash of sugar syrup
- Citrus fruits (I kept it simple with oranges and lemons)
Add however much red wine and orange juice you want, depending on the container size and your own tastes. Because I’m not great with quantities, I made the sangria a little bit too strong (ooops!) but obviously we still drank it. Stir these together and add the Martini, banana syrup and sugar syrup. Top with lemonade and plenty of ice and enjoy!