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.

8 comments:

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.

Best,

N

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.

N

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 :-)

Sincerely,

Cyrene

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!

N

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!