I’m not really a great fan of starters. A couple of years ago I read somewhere that the difference between men and women was down to how they read a menu: men start with the main course and then pick the rest, whereas women invariably choose a dessert before checking what else they could fit in. Starters, I’m afraid, regularly loose out to a more appealing pudding.
For this reason I was a bit at a loss when I saw that Angie wanted to start the celebrations for the first anniversary of her legendary Fiesta Friday parties with starters or aperitifs. Fiesta Fridays have become my weekly highlight: a food fest, hosted by the wonderful Angie on her blog The Novice Gardener, they draw people from all over the blogosphere, along with their amazing dishes and pastries and stories. If you have never heard of it, do check it out – your Fridays will become even more appealing in anticipation of the delicacies you’ll find there!
In order to mark the occasion, I would like to introduce you to Pisco. Pisco is a spirit distilled from grapes and it is usually consumed in a cocktail, most famously as Pisco Sour, the national drink of both Chile and Peru, and one of the most hotly contented issues between the two neighbouring countries (other, minor issues are the question of maritime borders and alleged arms deals between Chile and Ecuador, among others),
Although the Peruvian version is more widely known, this Chilean version is easy to prepare and makes for a delicious and refreshing aperitif. All you need is Pisco (in a silly bottle like ours, if you like it), some lemons, sugar, egg white and ice.
Pisco Sour (serves 4)
- 100ml lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
- 300ml Pisco
- 1 egg white
- 2-3 tbs icing sugar, to taste
- 4-5 ice cubes, crushed
- mixer, 4 sherry glasses or champagne flutes
Mix the lemon juice and Pisco with the icing sugar and adjust sugar to suit your taste. Add the ice and the egg white and mix well, using an electric mixer (or a cocktail shaker, should you have one) to create a stable foam.
Time to head over to Angie’s and see what everybody else is bringing along! If you’re feeling peckish – or slightly dizzy after the Pisco sour – join me there to sample the starters, cocktails and aperitifs on offer: Angie is being assisted by Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and Juju @cookingwithauntjuju, two equally gifted hosts who will make sure everyone has a great time!
And don’t forget to earmark next week’s event, when the main courses and desserts are being served!