15 Aug2007

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Laid out on the tables upon arrival of the guests were two platters of pica-pica. The first was a platter of bread with medium slices of manchego cheese (a hard cheese similar to parmesan), served with a kalamansi jelly and a guava jelly, both homemade, and previously featured on this site. The amber tones of the jellies were simple yet golden and rich… The pairing of jelly with cheese was surprisingly good, doubly so since we made the jellies from scratch…

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The second pica-pica was a small bowl of canned pate made with jamon jabugo. Essentially the brilliant flavor of a much sough after spanish ham paired with more fat to create a heart-stopping yet utterly delicious pate. Talk about the ultimate de-lata snack… the pinkish color of the pate also seemed to naturally slide into the color scheme for the evening.

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Finally, the appetizer served at the table was a dish of prawns with a reddish or orangey remoulade sauce, mayonnaise, celery, paprika, etc. that gussied up some perfectly brined and boiled prawns. This was the first time I made a red remoulade sauce and it was quite good…don’t ask me for the recipe, I have misplaced it… Next up, the main course, the fabulous red wine, followed by dessert…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. fried-neurons says:

    Mmmmmmm! Manchego has got to be right up there among my most favorite cheeses!

    I’d love to try jamon jabugo in any form.

    *sigh*

    Aug 15, 2007 | 3:40 pm

     
  2. Marketman says:

    fried neurons, when you are home on a visit, try terry’s delicatessen, either at the basement of Podium Mall in Ortigas (called Segundo Piso) or at the Pasong Tamo branch. They sometimes carry jamon jabugo and with just 200 grams you will understand why it is so talked and written about… yes, they do have jabugo in manila once in a while… :)

    Aug 15, 2007 | 3:41 pm

     
  3. Rowi says:

    Jamon Jabugo is the equivalent of beluga caviar, in my book. I had tasted this once in London and it was soooo good, I felt I was in pata negra heaven! But I realised I was on earth when I found out it was so bl…y
    expensive! It was a bit easier on the wallet in Madrid, and it was worth the splurge.

    Never heard of this as a paté, though. Thanks for the tip where to find jabugo in Manila. Does Terry’s sell the paté as well?

    Aug 15, 2007 | 5:51 pm

     
  4. alicia says:

    Am so bitin! I need to know what the main course and the dessert were! SInce the cocktails and the appetizers look so good!! Aside from Terry’s, I also saw some jamon jabugo in Rustan’s Rockwell but have not yet tried it . It was also about 700 pesos per 100grams. Belated Happy Birthday Mrs. Marketman!

    Aug 15, 2007 | 7:44 pm

     
  5. Mitch says:

    Stunning spread! Belated Happy Birthday Mrs. MM !

    Aug 15, 2007 | 8:56 pm

     
  6. Maria Clara says:

    Well done!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:28 am

     
  7. dhayL says:

    I love the luscious colour of the shrimps! YummY!!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 7:44 am

     
 

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