Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Lunch @ Home: Cocido, Etc.

Another non-wine-related family/food post. After a Spanish dinner with Homenaje rosado at Terry's 2ºPiso the night before, I was in no mood for wine for lunch. There will be a lot of time for wine, though, in 2010.

Sunday lunch (the 3rd January 2010) was at home, with my dad, youngest sis and in-laws - an advanced celebration of my wife's and my 18th wedding anniversary.

My brother and his wife just got back from the Tokyo winter, so were not feeling well enough to join; so we were 19 in all including one of my wife's aunts and the nephews and nieces.

Clockwise from bottom-left: My sis, dad, wife, mom-in-law, an aunt, father-in-law and sis-in-law

My brothers-in-law

My HK-based bilas (i.e., the husband of my wife's sis - there is no equivalent English term) between calls on the patio.

My youngest son's dachshund was wondering what all the fuss was about - he did ask.

My wife decided to serve her version of Cocido Madrileño ("cocido") for the lunch - one of my dad's favorite/comfort dishes.

Basically, the version of cocido my wife serves is, as may be seen above, a 3-part meal: (1) the broth in which the meats and vegetables were long-simmered (noodles added in after the meats were done); (2) the vegetables (cabbage, green beans, chick peas, potatoes, a sort of bok choy locally called "pechay", etc.); and, (3) the meats themselves (beef brisket, pork belly, chicken, chorizo, etc.).

Cocido (there is a thick, moderately-spiced, tomato based sauce served with the meats)

The Vegetables

The Meats

Naturally, my wife had prepared a few other courses:

To start: Our Usual House Salad which our friends are all very familiar with by now (butter lettuce, arugula, tarragon leaves, toasted pine nuts, grated parmesan, Parma ham and a honey-mustard-vinegar-garlic dressing)...

Grilled Prawns

Solomillo (de Vaca)

Chow time

Even with an extra table set up, we couldn't fit everyone inside, so two of the younger teen-agers had to sit with the kiddies outdoors - much to their chagrin.

My sis-in-law didn't think I was quick enough with my camera to take a shot of her clowning around the buffet table. Well, as Yosemite Sam says: "That'll learn 'ya!"

Desserts were...

Butter Cake, Chocolate Sans Rival, Coffee Crunch Cake and Date Bars (a.k.a., "Food for the Gods")

Of course, there was some fruit as well: Cantaloupe and a local Pomelo called "Suha". I think I was the only one who had any though. That was quite a filling lunch. A double espresso ended it for me. I'm having the the fruits as my dinner, that's for sure.


Alicia said...

Happy Birthday to the wife and Happy Anniversary to you both ! I am grateful for stumbling upon your blog in 2009, and look forward to reading more of your posts in the upcoming year.

Noel said...

Hi, Alicia, and thanks. I am glad you enjoy my ramblings. Thanks for the advanced aniversary greeting, but it isn't my wife's birthday - that was several months ago. The thought is appreciated though.



R Schiffman (Brownbag) said...

Thanks for sharing the daily stuff too. I really enjoy it.

Noel said...

My pleasure, Rod. I've noted on FB you've been doing quite a bit of cooking as well! Happy New Year, by the way and please send Debby our best.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary Noel! Thanks for sharing your wine finds and expertise! Here's to more good wine & food in 2010 :-)



Aaron said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Catha!
-A & Jo

Noel said...

Thanks greetings and wishes, Aaron & Cyrene; they are much appreciated.

Best to you both!


Alicia said...

Sorry about that. With age the eye's deceive. (I don't know why I though I read "birthday". Will be trying some of your favorite locally available wines soon!