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We had friends over on Friday night for a port and cheese party which was a great chance to use some of our lovely new wedding gifts. They all bought some delicious cheeses; a really mild crumbly wensleydale, and yummy lancashire and a stilton which is still stinking our flat out! There was also a really unusual, very strong cheddar (Cambridge Gumburner) from the wonderful Cambridge Cheese Company a cute little cheese shop down All Saints’ Passage in the middle of town. It really did what it said on the tin, and was a bit too strong and ‘mouth itchy’ for me!

The party also gave me the chance to try out a tapas I’d been wanted to cook for ages, Chorizo in Red Wine. It is the easiest thing ever but tastes amazing and produces a lush sauce which is great for mopping up.

Chorizo in Red Wine (serves about 8 as a tapas)

  • 500g cooking chorizo – cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic (or more if you like)
  • Half a bottle of red wine

All you need to do it lightly fry the garlic with the chorizo until the oil starts to be released then add red wine until the sausage is almost covered. Then bring to the boil and bubble away until the wine has reduced by at least half. Leave to cool a little and then serve. Magnifico!

Sorry I don't have a photo of the finished dish!

This would also make a great easy main course, perhaps with a tin of butter beans thrown in at the end, served with crispy bread.

Also this week: We went to the amazing double Michelin starred Midsummer House. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had and a proper ‘Masterchef-y’ dining expereince – we went for the 10 (10!!!) course tasting menu which was really special, with some truly crazy foams!! I might write a proper review of it (if I can remember all the courses!). Ax