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Can you believe that we’re into March already? That’s almost a quarter of the way through the year! For me January & February have to be the most miserable months. The weather is cold, wet and grey, the nights are long, the days are short. My Birthday is on the 6th January so I always force my nearset and dearest to extend the Christmas and New Year celebrations by just 1 extra week so we can have one last night of indulgent food and drink before everyone hits their new exercise and detox regime!
Since then I think we’ve all been in hibernation, we were also away skiing for a week so I’ve been really looking forward to a long overdue catchup with girls. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect when the lovely people at Campo Viejo got in contact to ask if I would take part in their live uncorked, vibrant winter nights campaign. Campo Viejo believes in life more colourful, a life that is as vibrant, generous and authentic as their wines. I couldn’t be more onboard with this, I’m so lucky to have such a close group of friends who are always so positive and fun to be around. We all live within a 10 minute drive of each other and usually our days are so busy with work and family life that we always make time for each other one evening during the week. Not every week, of course, but we never need an excuse or special occasion to get together. We’ll often send a group whats app midweek and say “anyone fancy a vino tonight?” We love trying out new places and tasting new dishes but even a night in together is still special. So I decided to invite the girls over to my house for a tapas night paired with our favourite wines.
Those of you that have followed me for a while will know that I love cooking and the good thing about having my besties over is that it is always a very relaxed and informal night. What would normally be a cosy, winter evening at home can easily become a vibrant winter night with friends, laughter and music with no effort involved what so ever.
So it didn’t take me long at all to knock up a few tapas dishes. I made Patatas Bravas, Prawns with Chorizo, a rocket and parmesan salad and some hummus with pitta bread, Spanish food is my favourite! All this could be prepared in advance, I popped the potatoes in the oven just before the girls arrived and then all I needed to do was quickly fry off the chorizo and prawns and pop open the wine. We started the evening with a glass of Campo Viejo Cava which is a delicious, fruity, sparkling wine. This was perfect while we were catching up, we didn’t come up for air until we realised the bottle was empty and it was time to have some food. We all tucked into the tapas and I opened a bottle of Campo Viejo Rioja which is my favourite Spanish red and I knew it would work so well with the tapas. I even found a playlist on Spotify named “Spanish songs” who knew!! So a few vino’s in and we were dancing to a bit of Shakira and Despacito!! Such a fun night, here’s how our evening progressed….
Before you go, here’s a little video of our evening.
Each time we get together we look forward to planning the next one. How often do you get together with your friends? It’s so easy during these cold, dark winter nights to hibernate, go all Hygge and snuggle under a blanket every night but it really is good for the soul to get together with your friends and shake up the classic and dull winter night in. I hope this post inspires you to live uncorked and turn a dull, winter evening into a fun, vibrant winter night with friends.
**This post is in collaboration with Campo Viejo but as always all words, opinions and friends are my own!