Cookbook Club was held on Labor Day chez Keswickian. We decided to invite the guys and had quite a bit of fun cooking for and with them. We were also joined by Strawberrie’s sister Laurita who contributed the wonderful bread that, paired with the local butter WBC had brought, went down very well.

The cookbook 1080 Recipes is a Spanish cookbook that was written by Simone Ortega in Spanish over 30 years ago and recently translated into English by Phaiden Press.

I was a little bit nervous about this book as CBC had previously done the Silver Spoon Cookbook which was published by the same outfit and had many errors. We were pleasantly surprised.

We decided to go the tapas route (Spain after all) and cook and eat as things became available. The guys were charged with pairing drinks to our meals. I think this was pretty impossible as we didn’t know what we were making until Saturday. There was plenty of sangria, sherry and some kind of brazilian tequila like liqueur going around. The impressive list of tapas follows:

  • Steamed Shrimp with Homemade Mayonnaise
  • Zucchini Stuffed with Mussels and Tarragon Cream Sauce
  • Baked Whole Fresh Sardines
  • Gruyere Wrapped in Bacon and Fried
  • Fried Codfish Cakes
  • Potatoes Stuffed with Sausages (Strawberries has a story to tell!!!)
  • Lamb Tenderloin in a Rosemary Salt Crust
  • Shirred Eggs with Chicken Livers and Sherry

For dessert we had a date mousse that was delicious and even better cold the next day. I’ll leave the deets and the rest of the photos up to the other two. Suffice it to say it was a wonderful evening.

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