Just before we left for Christmas with our family in Chicago we were Personal Chefs to Ann and her family from Sweden who were staying at the lovely Casa San Bernando in El Madroñal. We cooked them breakfast on their first day....a Paella that evening and the following night a Pasta Feast. Lovely family who really enjoyed their food.
We visit Provence in October every year and stay with our great friend Archie who has a lovely house in St Pierre De Vassols very close to Mont Ventoux. (One of the stages of the Tour De France). While we are there we spend a lot of the time drinking their excellent wines, eating in restaurants around the area and visiting the markets buying local produce and cooking it. This year was no exception we had a great time!!!
We thought that it might be a nice idea to post some of the Provence style recipes that we have developed during our trips. Winter is a relaxing time for us after our extremely busy season which starts in March and finishes in October. We love to experiment with the foods from this area of France and other countries that we will be visiting, so we hope that you will try and enjoy the recipes that will follow. Here is our first one.
Two chicken legs - skin on, boned
Two chicken wings
For the sauce
Olive oil for frying.
1 Medium onion - sliced
2 Cloves of garlic - crushed
2 tsp Herbes de Provence
1 Glass (150ml) white wine
Half a chicken stock cube, crumbled finely
1 Beef tomato - chopped roughly
2 Anchovy fillets finely chopped
8 Black olives - pitted
2 Heaped tsp of capers
1 Lemon, half of it juiced and half in wedges.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Season your chicken pieces with black pepper, a little salt, and one
of your teaspoons of Herbes de Provence.
Now fry them briskly in a good non-stick pan over medium heat, turning them
regularly until they are browned all over and cooked through.
Pop the chicken into an oven set at 100ºC to keep warm.
Pour off most of the fat from the pan and fry the onions until golden.
Reduce the heat and add the garlic and herbs, add the crumbled stock.
Now add the wine, tomato, anchovy, black olives and capers and stir.
Simmer until the sauce has reached the desired consistency, about 8/10 minutes.
Squeeze in the lemon juice at the end. Check for seasoning and add if required.
Spoon the sauce onto two warmed dinner plates.
Arrange the crispy chicken on top.
Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over when you are about to tuck in.
This recipe is great served with a crispy baked potato and a green vegetable.
Jo asked us to cook a Paella Party for her daughter Sarah's Hen Party at the lovely Villa Giulietta (Marbella) in Cortijo Blanco close to San Pedro and only 10 minutes away from Puerto Banus. It was the last night of their weekend and they just wanted to chill out at the villa after the night before when they hit the port. They started off with Vegetarian Spanish Tapas (specially requested) and then they tucked into a big mixed meat Paella with a smaller vegetarian Paella for some of the girls as well. They finished with our famous Chocolate Cheesecake and an Eton Mess. A fabulous group of girls, great to be with, and who were delighted with their food.
We were asked by Anne to be Personal Chefs for husband Jossi and their close family for 4 nights of their holiday at a villa in Torre Real. She chose a selection of menu's from our suggestions. One of the nights was Jossi's birthday so they enjoyed a menu of Caprese Salad, Fillet of Beef with Red wine and mushroom sauce, then a special chocolate birthday cake. The last night was a Spanish themed menu ....they tucked into Chorizo Bruschettas, Meat Paella and Crema Catalana. They were delighted with our service. A lovely family and a pleasure to work with.
Karit (far right), and friends from Estonia, asked us to cater 2 buffets for the first day of their holiday at Villas Altos de Marbella. The occasion was Janek's 30th birthday They chose 2 menu's and tucked into the first one at lunch time. For the evening they enjoyed our famous Spanish Buffet with a special birthday cake. Everybody was very happy with their food. Hope that you had a great holiday guys.
The Evening Spanish Buffet
The lovely Georgie and nine special friends celebrated her hen party weekend at the Villa Montecarlo, beachside San Pedro. The plan was to tuck into our famous Barbecue menu then hit Puerto Banus. The food went down a treat and the girls were very happy. Just as I was leaving the naked butlers arrived to get the party really going. Hope that you had a fab night ladies. A great group of girls.
Originally Abby had contacted us about catering a Barbecue during Laura's hen party weekend in Nueva Andalucia. However unfortunately she had to drop out at the last minute as she was concerned about traveling during her pregnancy....we all thought that it was definately the best thing to do. However Natalie, her sister in law, took over the job. What a great crowd of girls. They loved the tapas and the BBQ. We also catered for one of the girls who could not take gluten. Then we left them tucking into Creme Brulee and Meringue Tower with Butterscotch Sauce. Before going out to Aqua Mist later that night. Hope that you had a great time girls.
Once again this week we cooked our famous Barbecue for a group of friends from Finland at the lovely Villa El Cid. The theme of the party was Finnish holiday fashion a few years past. Here you see them about to tuck into the tapas. This was followed by a Barbecue selection including gluten free and veggie choices. It all went down very well. They were so full at this stage, and hot, as they were determined to take full advantage of the sun, which does not appear in Finland so much!!!! So they decided to have the desserts later on in the evening. Nauti lomastasi!
Ajay and Ami asked us to cook dinner for the family who were staying in a villa in La Sierrezuela, Mijas. They chose our famous Barbecue Menu. Starting with mixed tapas, followed by a BBQ selection which included vegetarian dishes. Then a choice of 2 desserts....chocolate cheesecake and Mediterranean Pavlova. It all went down very well and everybody was very happy.
Sue asked us to cook our famous Barbecue to celebrate a surprise first night of her sister Mel's hen party weekend at a villa near Puerto Banus. Our cheeky butler Marcus arrived to get the party going, serve drinks and canapes. The BBQ was a great success and we left them to enjoy the desserts at their leisure when the bride to be had yet another surprise in store!!!
Pam and David Lynn want to share with you in their blog... all the interesting and exciting things that go on in their Personal Chefs Marbella world. Welcome!