Having been invited by Mayte for a cooking session Malaga-style at her family's farmhouse I arrived with hubby, Nick, on a balmy August evening to a welcoming smile. Passing through fabulous ancient wooden doors (a weakness of mine) we entered the family home and out onto a pretty flowered-filled, sail-shaded, white-walled patio and a table laid with welcome drinks.
After a brief chat, Mayte speaks fluent English, and refreshing chilled beer the three of us headed out doors as hunter gatherers before our meal preparation. A variety of fruit trees, a vegetable bed and chicken pen provides inspiration for the kitchen.
On our menu was Salmorejo, a personal favourite, with Aubergine Chips, Carne a la Malagueña - Malaga-style Pork in an onion, pepper and almond sauce with Rosemary Potato Wedges and for dessert Flan Inglesa with a Quince pastry dip.
Having peeled and chopped the tomatoes they along with garlic, green pepper and soaked bread were whizzed together then extra virgin olive oil (from their own trees of course) a local wine vinegar and some salt were added and blended until a lovely creamy texture is obtained then chlled ready for sampling.
Once the salmorejo was chilling we started on the almond sauce, frying the garlic, bread and almonds in the olive oil until brown, then removing them and frying the meat in the same oil until brown and removing it, then we fried the onions, when transparent added the peppers then the tomatoes and parsley.
Then all but the meat plus peppercorns and two different wines are blended together for a fabulous smelling sauce before being put back into the pan with the meat to gently simmer away.
Once the potatoes wedges were prepared, dressed and popped in the oven it was waiting time and what can you do while things are cooking away except enjoy a nice glass of white wine on the cute kitchen terrace looking over the quiet land dotted with trees. Mayte's friendly mum kept popping in, stirring a pot and proudly keeping an eye on things!
Mayte prepared the aubergine chips, a lovely crunchy change from rounds. It was all ready to sample. Our own work too! As usual once food arrives the camera is forgotten. A lovely evening and great food in charming company and a historic location.
Not a professional chef, Mayte has been cooking with her mother and grandmother since she was a child and loves to share her home, roots, traditions and food with all - a fun and informative cultural cooking experience.
Mayte can be contacted via her website A cooking Day
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