Saturday Night Soirée

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Sorry I’ve been away for a while, I’ve had a pretty tough couple of weeks work wise so I’ve been neglecting my blog a little. But I’ve been organising something that I think is pretty exciting which I hope you’re like too!


On Saturday night, to celebrate the end of a long few weeks, the lovely Helena (Spanish by name and Spanish by nature) offered to host a Spanish themed soirée, and who am I to turn down an evening of homemade paella and sangria? So after a very well deserved glass of wine after our exam and a bit of a disco nap we got dressed up and headed over to her flat.

// top (last season) // skirt // sandals  (other colours)//

We brought some cheeses and meats for some (okay, a lot) of nibbles to enjoy with our seriously tasty and slightly dangerous sangria, which seemed to go down a treat!

 Also, in true Spanish style, Helena made gambas al ajillo (prawns in garlic and paprika, helloooo)

But then it was soon time for the main feast. And oh boy, what a feast it was. Paella with chicken, prawns chorizo. Oh wow. My mouth is watering even as I’m writing this – it was so good.

Seriously, if a Spanish person ever offers to make paella for you, count your lucky stars and say “yes” before anything else happens.

I can’t even begin to tell you how good it was.

I might even have to tempt her into making it for me again (pleaaase Helena?)

Oh no, we weren’t finished yet: all good meals have to end with pudding, so we had the ultimate chocolate pudding. A triple chocolate mousey-cakey-crispy all round tasty delight that Lil had picked up for the occasion.

Warning: severe food envy may be caused upon seeing these photos.

It was just as good as it looks, if not better!

We feasted on this, then picked at it all through the evening as we carried on gossiping, drinking sangria and generally having a very girly evening.

Until in the small hours of the night we were sleepily dozing on the sofa and decided it was best to trundle on home.

But I tell you, if this is any taste of spain, Helena I’m coming to visit!

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  • Zoe

    Wow that paella looks tasty!

    STONE FOX

  • I can't even describe how good it was Zoe!x

  • You can't go wrong with a good paella and as for that chocolate cake, yum!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Couldn't agree more! Suze, I can't tell you how dangerous living in France is becoming for eating ALL the pastries and cakes! xx

  • mariel

    that paella looks and sounds so amazing, it's made me want a proper Spanish paella now, just need to a jet and I will be on my way to Spain for one (oh how I wish haha)…sounds like such a lovely night 🙂 <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I really wish I could do the same! My advice is to make a Spanish friend 😉 xx

  • Laura

    Hi, I don't suppose you have a recipe for your starter and/or main course? 🙂

  • Mousey Serrano

    Looks like a great party.

  • It sure was! X

  • steve.r hudson

    Food looks good, that's three oo's in a row, prize required please? I think ya'll enjoyed yourselves.

  • Prize duly awarded! We sure did! xx

  • Hi Laura,

    The starters were cold meats, guacamole, blinis, breadsticks and general nibbles! The prawns we had for starters were fried with a chopped clove of garlic and some paprika and a little olive oil. I'm afraid I don't actually have the paella recipe, but I'll see if I can get her to do a guest post on it one day 😉

    Lauren xx