February can be a dreary month and so usually, we try to get a bunch of friends together for some fun, even though finding a suitable date for eight busy people is a challenge. This year, they sorted it out between them and when we arrived home from our travels, I knew where we’d be going.
The Old Havana Cafe. (It bears a passing resemblance to our garden room btw)
We’d enjoyed the spirit and atmosphere of Little Havana whilst in Miami, so with the aid of a few Pinterest boards (what did we do without it!?) I began the planning. To begin with, I knew how much we all like a bright invitation to put up somewhere, so did a bit of Photoshopping to an old travel poster and hopefully set the scene.
I came across this website and remembering the online class I took to make these I made something similar for the menu. I’m not sure it’s *that* authentic but for a February evening in Gloucestershire, it was good enough.
We had a few things tucked up our sleeve from our journey – not from Cuba of course, but from “that part of the world”. Well, Costa Rica is near enough, isn’t it? (Don’t answer that question)
The cooking was fairly straightforward too, once I’d sourced my ingredients. Plantains in Gloucestershire? No problem! Dulce de Leche ? A piece of cake! (or make that two..)
With few bright colours around and a great Spotify playlist on the Sonos, the scene was set.
Fuelled by a few Mojitos (and Nojitos for the drivers) we had a great evening. I was having far too much fun to remember to take photos, so you’ll just have to believe me when I say how delicious the Lechon Asado was, but the star of the show were the (mexican style) corn cobs which we will forever associate with the Calle Ocho restaurant where we had them first. Really easy to make, it was only when we ordered them in Miami that we remembered how much we love to eat corn that way! We just had to try making them at home and share them with our friends.
Plus, I kept a little surprise to have with coffee