Spanish pop-up dinner to celebrate St George’s Day
Last pop-up dinner held by ¡Que Rico! Tapas took place at The Free Press on the 23rd April. With this feast, I wanted to link my Spanish mother region, Aragón, and the country where I live, England, as both have the same patron saint, St George.
24 people gathered at The Free Press, waiting for a Spanish menu with ingredients sourced from Spain and London, getting excited for tasting new flavours. It was a challenge but, at the same time, a rewarding job.
I was so keen on showing the gastronomy of my little homeland, Aragón, that planned a menu with some of the more traditional dishes:
- Aragonesa salad with Serrano ham (D.O. Jamón de Teruel) served in a sphere so guest had to shake it to dress it.
- White asparagus (D.E. Navarra) with vinaigrette and sour sauce.
- Longaniza from Graus croquettes.
- Ajoarriero: slated cod with a slightly spicy chilli tomato sauce and red pepper.
- Tenderloin pork in Grenache red wine (D.O. Campo de Borja) and red grapes.
As a dessert, the traditional pudding for Saint George in Aragón, Saint George’s lance, a light sponge filled with pastry cream and covered with flambé yolk.
The Free Press offered a selection of Spanish wines and sherries which suit perfectly with the dishes.
The pub was buzzing in an interesting mixture of people: guests, regular costumers, group of friends having a barbecue dinner in the garden… But all of them were happy, sharing a good time. Even the regular costumers had the opportunity to try some dishes due to the curiosity of the new dishes, the colours, flavours and presentation.
It was a great night!
P.S.: If you are interested in any of the recipes, let me know and I’ll send it to you.
Pictures of Ozzy Karohemd. Many, many thanks, by the way!