Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

A tea party I won't miss!!!



Another year another tea party!!!! 

Mum at Mum's Simplyliving blog has once again prepared a wonderful tea party for us.
Thank you so much Mum for organizing this tea party and for bringing us altogether for this little while. :-)


This year I want to prepare some chocolate and churros for Mum and for her guests.
I've sent Sr P off to buy the churros which also means I have a bit of space now to get things ready. Churros are never normally made at home as you have to have the right sort of equipment to make them.




 Therefore you go to a churreria to buy churros and its going to take him awhile as there will be a queue. Sunday is the most popular time for churros.
 He isn't going to like the queueing and waiting bit but he certainly loves eating chocolate and churros. We usually have chocolate and churros at Christmas or during the big fiesta week in June, but this is a special occasion so we'll have them today too.



They say Churros originated in China and were brought to Europe by members of Marco Polo´s team and they came to Spain via Portugal, where it became a very fashionable breakfast for the aristocracy.

They are also know as Spanish doughnuts but personally I just don't see why they are called doughnuts. I'd say they are more like choux pastry mix perhaps with a softer consistency. They must be eaten hot and dunked...definitely dunked....into hot chocolate or coffee.
I'll not be getting my china out today as it isn't appropriate for hot chocolate and I haven't got a china vajillas de chocolate set. My MIL had a smashing set I had my eye on that and wanted to get something similar but you know what its like....the years went by!!!   The traditional chocolatera pot is not like a coffee or tea pot but something like this:


and large mugs are used or large "cuencos", the same as they use for breakfast.  They like large cups and bowls for breakfast here as they do a lot of dunking.......dunking isn't considered bad manners in Spain but it is in fact quite strange for them if you don't dunk!!!
Anyhow I do have "cuencos" which I usually use for this :


but I think I prefer to use my Portmeirion bowls .... I so love my Portmeirion Botanic Garden dishes which are very hard to find here and very expensive so I always try to bring back a couple of pieces with me when I go home to the UK.



 I think I hear Sr P coming up the stairs and Willie the cat is walking towards the front door so it must be him.He is going to be all over Sr P because that is one cat who loves loves loves churros and he probably smells them already.

How about that then:
sucking up to Sr P to get some "churros"!!!!
 
I am so looking forward to joining in the fun with Mum and other bloggy friends such as:
  I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate Gracie at Grayseasailor's blog ,as her newest grand-daughter,Baby Rose, has arrived. This is wonderful news such a happy time for her family!

I'll be back a bit later with the hot chocolate!!!

and here it is...piping hot

sooooooo yummy!!!

Amanda :-)








31 comments:

  1. Did he buy enough for all of us? They sound delicious.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  2. Oh! yes Meredith...plenty for everyone and they freeze well if there are any left over. :-)

    A xx

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  3. I have seen them made on TV but never eaten them. I have a free hat pattern you might be keen on for your girl. Go and see. Jo x

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    1. hello Jo

      Many thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting. I'll be sure to pop in your blog to have a look at your patterns...many thanks :-)

      Amanda :-)

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  4. Hi Amanda. Hot chocolate yum. I'm looking forward to trying the churros they sound so delicious. I also love Portmerion botanical garden and also have a few pieces that comes out occasionally. Thank you for having me
    Carolx

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  5. I'll have a dunk and raise a chocolatey bowl to Gracie to celebrate the new life in her family. Thanks Sr P for nipping out and queueing for us, these churros are very moreish. Just one more please and then I'll be off.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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    1. Moreish is the word!!! Thats why you have to buy plenty!!!

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  6. Oh boy! That looks delicious! I don't think I've ever had churros but they look scrummy.

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    1. They are!!!! Have a plate of churros in front of you while you watch a film on your own and they disappear...pronto!!!

      A xx

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  7. Hi, count me in, I hope I'm not too late. I love a good dunk, be it soldiers in eggs, bread in tomato soup, chips in ketchup. I might have to go careful on account of my weight watching theme but will definitely give them a try as they sound delish. I love Portmerion too, I particularly like the Magic garden is it? I don't actually own any though, but if I did it would be this.

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  8. I love them, I haven't made them for ages, I always start off by piping precise bits into the hot oil, then the smell hits me and it is as fast as I can, then onto eating. Yours are very testy and the hot chocolate is delish.

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  9. So interesting and really yummy Amanda!
    Thank you for sharing this, xxxxxx Ale

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  10. Thanks Sr P for getting the churros, this is a first for me, but anything that goes with chocolate has to be good as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for having us Amanda xx

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  11. Oh my they look great. I've never had them - even when we lived in Mallorca so thank you very much Amanda !

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  12. Wow they must be good for everyone to stand in such a long line! My mouth was watering at that last picture. I have those same Botanic garden dishes-love them.

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  13. Thank you for helping me celebrate, Amanda :) You taught me all sorts of beautiful yummy things in this post! On the little round table next to my favorite chair I keep the pretty little handmade Ceraplat you sent me. I use it to perch little snacks [almonds, fruit, a cookie] on to have with tea or coffee and feel very loved and elegant doing so. Now to try churros!
    I hope you have a happy week!
    Gracie xx

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  14. Goodness ... I could get very fat very quickly eating these. Yum!

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  15. Oh, Amanda, I love churros. Here in Arizona, USA, we can get them everywhere, and I had never tried them until we moved here, but I have never had them dipped in chocolate! Thank you to your hubby for waiting in line to get them. Wasn't this the nicest tea today? Lots of different delicious foods to try. Thanks so much!, I'll have two churros and chocolate for dipping, please! Yummmmmm! xxoo. JO

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    1. Hello Joanne,Thanks for popping in! Fantastic to hear you can get churros there too! I just never realized they were so popular. If I thought I could get the chocolate to you I'd send you a pack for you to make yourself but I think they just might be confiscated by customs. When I went to Chicago to see my daughter I had all the food stuff confiscated so I am very wary about sending any by mail. I'd give it a try if you like???
      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  16. I love churros too, and even more amazing is that there is a wonderful Mexican street food cafe in our town (a millions miles away from Mexico or Spain!) which makes them and serves them on paper with a pottle of hot chocolate. I've never eaten them anywhere else but all their food is so good and authentic, so when you come and visit me I'll take you there, there are no queues to worry about either! S:)

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    1. Thanks for calling in Sally...isn't that amazing so far away and you can get churros there too and hot chocolate. I didn't realize that churros were so popular.

      I just might take you up on that....you never know :-)

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  17. I've had churros, but not with chocolate. I must try these! Oh, yummy.... :-)

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  18. That looks wonderful! I've also had churros but not with chocolate. I wish I had been there to share.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  19. Churros and chocolate..... Mmmmmmmmm!!! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  20. I have never heard of these before-sound yummy though with the hot chocolate. and I just love all that wonderful pottery

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    1. Hello Kathy,

      Thanks for calling ....you are right they are really yummy....and dipped in hot chocolate even more so :-)

      A xx

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Amanda :-)

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