On paper a tuna pasta salad looks simple. But add in making the dressing, substituting ingredients and hunting missing ones and it was a labour of love. Similarly a chilli con carne is something thrown together in minutes, or not. Start by making the Colorado sauce that will provide the heat, cutting huge chunks of chump steak down to the recipe level then dicing. Next make the salsa, chop the onions and shallots, dice the pepper etc and then think about presentation bit harder than opening a can of Stagg's Chilli or adding Tabasco to mince.
Demo over we had our extra lecture - Sherry (hence Frankie Valli). This under rated and definitely under priced beverage has a 3,000 year history and served correctly can be a delight and we are not talking about the bottle my parents opened in 1950 and still hand out thimble fulls from at Christmas. We tasted three types and this was just a warm up for the real tasting which will accompany "Tapas Day" next week.
So where is the reference to Iron Maiden and why did I have a beast of a day?
Amazingly my three dishes Pasta, Chilli and Salsa scored a perfect 6,6,6 (the number of the beast), all together now "I lived alone dum dum dum dum My head etc" so for posterity and bragging rights, here they are.