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Movida-Rustica Spanish Tapas and Rockford Wines

Movida Rustica

Movida Rustica

 Dinner Party Aphorisms

Dinner parties give rise to a number of aphorisms, here are a couple

  • Dinner parties are a wonderful excuse to find out what is lurking in the bottom of the cellar.

They are the greatest excuse to bring out that bottle of aged yumminess and share it with an appreciative audience. Of course to properly choose which of the denizens of the cellar will come into the light you need to know what meal it is going with.

Which leads to the second of our aphorisms…

  • Dinner parties are a wonderful reason to try out a new cookbook.

A captive and willing audience and a brand new cookbook, a great combination!

For our cookbook we had recently purchased “Movida Rustica” by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish, Spanish Traditions and Recipes. It is a beautiful book in itself, as well as a great cookbook. and served as the starting point for our dinner party planning.


Tapas was the theme and we had a couple of dishes in the book that had to make it onto the table. After much deliberation our final menu consisted of:

  1. Adobo de Pollo
    • Chicken Skewers marinated with Paprika and Oregano
  2. Picadillo de Atun
    • Pan-fried tuna with Smoky Paprika
  3. Churrasco
    • Grilled Pork Loin, with sides of Salsa Verde and Salsa de Piquillo
  4. Arroz con Trompetas de la Muerte
    • Rice with Mild Mushrooms
Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2005

Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2005

Naturally a menu like that needs some quality wine to match it…

Wine List

And to go with it some aged red wines ferreted out from the bottom of the cellar/wardrobe in the back room, a pair of Shiraz’s

  1. Rockford Basket Press Shiraz, Barossa AUS, 2003, $35, 9/10
  2. Rockford Black Sparkling Shiraz, Barossa AUS, 2002, $35, 9/10

Recipe: Adobe de Pollo

Serving size: Makes 12 tapas, or 6 portions


  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) skinless chicken
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) virgin olive oil


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge overnight.

Thread the chicken meat onto skewers. Heat a barbecue plate to high. Cook the chicken skewers for 5 minutes, or until coAllow to cool slightly then serve.


For More Information

Movida Rustica can be found at:
Movida Rustica:Spanish Traditions & Recipes
Rockford Wines
Rockford Wines, Barossa Valley AUS