Sunday Lunch @ Home: Cocido Madrileño

Another non-wine-related family/food post. After a big Spanish dinner with Navarran rosado at Terry’s 2º Piso last night, I was in no mood for wine for lunch the next day. There will be a lot of time for wine, though, in 2010.

Sunday lunch (the 3rd January 2010) was at home, with my dad, youngest sis and in-laws - an advanced celebration of my wife’s and my 18th wedding anniversary.

My brother and his wife just got back from the Tokyo winter, so were not feeling well enough to join; so we were 19 in all including one of my wife’s aunts and the nephews and nieces.

Clockwise from bottom-left: My sis, dad, wife, mom-in-law, an aunt, father-in-law and sis-in-law

My brothers-in-law

My HK-based bilas (i.e., husband of my wife’s sis - there is no equivalent English term) between calls on the patio.

My youngest son’s dachshund was wondering what all the fuss was about - he did ask.

My wife decided to serve her version of Cocido Madrileño (“cocido”) for the lunch - one of my dad’s favorite/comfort dishes.

Basically, the version of cocido my wife serves is, as may be seen above, a 3-part meal: (1) the broth in which the meats and vegetables were long-simmered (noodles added in after the meats were done); (2) the vegetables (cabbage, green beans, chick peas, potatoes, a sort of bok choy locally called "pechay:, etc.); and, (3) the meats themselves (beef brisket, pork belly, chicken, chorizo, etc.).

Cocido (broth with noodles on the left; there is a thick, moderately-spiced, tomato based sauce served with the meats)

The Vegetables

The Meats

Naturally, my wife had prepared a few other courses:

To start: Our Usual House Salad which our friends are all very familiar with by now (butter lettuce, arugula, tarragon leaves, toasted pine nuts, grated parmesan, Parma ham and a honey-mustard-vinegar-garlic dressing)…

Grilled Prawns

Solomillo (de Vaca)

Chow time

Even with an extra table set up, we couldn’t fit everyone inside, so two of the younger teen-agers had to sit with the kiddies outdoors - much to their chagrin.

My sis-in-law didn’t think I was quick enough with my camera to take a shot of her clowning around the buffet table. Well, as Yosemite Sam says: “That’ll learn 'ya!”

Desserts were…

Butter Cake, Chocolate Sans Rival, Coffee Crunch Cake and Date Bars (a.k.a., “Food for the Gods”)

Of course, there was some fruit as well: Cantaloupe and a local Pomelo called “Suha”. I think I was the only one who had any though. That was quite a filling lunch. A double espresso ended it for me. I’m having the the fruits as my dinner, that’s for sure.

You’re definitely right there, Serge. The Philippines was under Spanish rule for some 300 years - so our local language and cuisine bear a heavy influence indeed.

Now here is the $100,000 question:

Thai say they are slim because they eat lots of chili peppers which speeds up metabolism.
But Spanish cuisine is not spicy. I see what you guys eat and
How the heck do you manage to stay slim???

I wouldn’t be getting thru the doors on your diet!

Ha ha. I’m often asked that even by some of my friends here. I don’t know about anyone else, but, while I do eat many things and dine/drink out often:

  1. I consume controlled amounts, hardly ever finishing any course.

  2. I normally eat only one big meal a day. Today, for example, my breakfast was one piece of bread with Nutella, a slice of papaya and a cup of coffee. My lunch was big; but I had only a slice of cantaloupe and a slice of papaya for dinner (well, and a slice of coffee crunch cake too). Not much, really.

  3. I also notice that I eat more vegetables than those around me and do tend to eat fish often when at home.

That’s about it, though. I’m no exercise nut.

Thanks for posting, Noel. Always interesting to get a glimpse into family life. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.

Happy 2010!

Thanks, Steve, and may you have a happy and prosperous new year as well! Yes, it was an enjoyable lunch. I do like cocido every so often, well, not as much as my dad, but well enough. It just feels like such a “Sunday lunch” kind of dish.