Rick Stein's Spanish Christmas
Rick Stein believes that no-one celebrates Christmas in greater style than the Spanish, where the celebrations last for over a fortnight and the dishes they prepare are delicious alternatives to the usual Christmas fare.
Having seen how his Spanish friends prepare for the festivities in their own homes both in Spain and the UK, Rick cooks for a special Christmas party in London to share the dishes that inspired him most and compliment the Spanish love of celebrations. This is a Christmas feast with a difference: clams with serrano ham and oloroso sherry, lamb stuffed aubergines with Moorish spices, chicken with saffron and pine nuts, and orange caramel creams.
The programme opens with a festive gathering in London, and Rick is seen among some very close friends from Spain who have chosen to make Britain their home. Even the Spanish ambassador agreed to come along. Other guests include Jose Pizarro and Maria Jose Sevilla, two close friends who, together with Rick, prepare favourite family recipes that form part of their Spanish Christmas celebrations right here in the UK.