winter sherry chicken

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You can tell it’s winter because I don’t normally cook like this for myself. Though in fact this made about three meals, the best being a garlicky chicken sandwich on a crusty roll, with a bit of soy mayo and crispy greens on top. And of course a generous glass of fino sherry was added to the sauce while cooking. Maybe I should start writing my own sherry cookbook?

jueves de cata

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The Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience and Probando Wines have put together a series of “jueves de cata” wine tastings, and the first one was this beautiful selection from Bodegas Diez Mérito. While all the sherries were outstanding, the VORS Fino Imperial amontillado totally blew me away. It was a very relaxed event, led by Fran León, and was followed by a sampling of sushi from Sushi Spot Corner, which we didn’t stay for. But hoping to catch the next tasting!

window dressing

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Love this window I saw in Triana the other day. It also reminded me that I have to get to work on the little herb garden I want to install on my kitchen balcony. Spring seems like a good time to start. Visions of me just reaching out the kitchen window for a sprig of parsley or a handful of cilantro…

colonoscopy prep

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Since Sunday I have been on the pre-colonoscopy low residue diet. It’s really not that hard to stick to, though I’ve noticed that the food list I was given at the hospital last week varies a bit from other lists I’ve found online. But in general they are similar.

Today I am on the day-before liquid diet, which is obviously more extreme (and way more boring). But that’s nothing compared to when I have to start taking the SOLUCIÓN EVACUANTE this evening. All I remember from last time was that I was gagging after the first glass of this stuff, and I’ll have to drink 10 of them – one every 15 minutes – until finished, and then 6 more the next morning. Wish me luck!

anne & paul

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I first met Anne and Paul last spring when I went to Jerez for a sherry tasting followed by a combined birthday/leaving party for our mutual friend Momoko. Since then we’ve stayed in touch and have also met up on other Jerez Getaways, such as this past weekend.

We all went to the Lustau sherry tasting at noon on Saturday, and afterwards met up with our friend Tomoko at nearby Albalá Restaurante for an amazing lunch. This (of course) was followed by a penúlitima and Paul chose a bar that I’d never been to before, but will certainly visit next time I’m in town. Then it was “suddenly” time to get the train home. Fabulous day… I look forward to taking Anne and Paul on a tapeo in Sevilla sometime soon.  🙂

Albalá: tuna tartare, asparagus in tempura, secreto meatballs,
pork tenderoin, wild boar, apple tart

La Penúltima with Tomoko, Anne, Peter and Paul

Paul & Peter at the Jerez train station

sunday song – limbo rock

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Looks like I’ll be living in limbo for the next three weeks. Colonoscopy next week, abdominal/thorax CAT scan the week after that, and a follow-up oncology visit on February 26th to get the results. Waiting is hell, but just a word of advice… if you don’t want your head bitten off then please refrain from telling me that “it might be nothing” and to “think positive” 😉 .

lustau sherry tasting

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Another Jerez Getaway, this time to attend a sherry tasting at the Consejo Regulador de Jerez (Sherry Council) in their magnificent Bodega San Ginés. As a Sherry Educator I like going to these tastings from time to time as a kind of “refresher course” because there is always something more to learn and experience about sherry wines, and on this occasion one of my favourite bodegas was presenting their wines.

Bodegas Lustau was the first sherry bodega I ever visited, with my friend Peter and I being given a special private tour by Director of Communications and Brand Ambassador for Lustau, Federico Sánchez-Pece, who took part in today’s presentation, along with Lustau’s master wine blender Sergio Martínez and César Saldaña, Director of the Consejo Regulador. Both Federico and César are gifted speakers and it’s always a pleasure to listen to them wax lyrical about their favourite subject.

After the cata Peter and I met up with sherry-loving friends Anne, Paul and Tomoko, but more on that later…

Federico Sánchez-Pece, César Saldaña, Sergio Martínez

Manzanilla Papirusa, Fino Puerto Fino, Amontillado Escuardilla,
Oloroso Don Nuño, Mostcatel Emilín

Bodega San Ginés