Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Off and racing for Sydney Carnival

With Sydney Carnival in full swing, it's hats and (autumn carnival appropriate) fascinators out for days out at the races. The next three carnival meets are at Royal Randwick and weather permitting, I'll be there with my haphazard gambling techniques and sparkling wine in hand.

Last year's Derby Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse
The Emirates Marquee is the place to be - much easier if you're a celebrity of some sort, although being among the general admission does grant easier access to the bookies.

This year, with Emirates launching daily flights to Madrid, the marquee with be Spanish themed with a tapas style menu by none other than everywhere-chef Miguel Maestre.

So what will the celebs and racing royalty be consuming between races (indeed, if they see any races at all through the day)? About 3,000 glasses of Spanish méthode champenoise wine and of course, sangria - approximately 180 litres worth during the entire autumn carnival.

They'll also devour 50kg of Coyne Bay Barramundi, 25kg of red, black and white quinoa; 25kg of manchego cheese and 1,000 white anchovy fillets.

A peek at this year's Emirates Marquee menu
PPR have sent me a sneak-peek at the Emirates Marquee menu - and what a tease.

Cold canapes of cherry tomato, basil and Mahon cheese empanadillas and fig, manchego cheese, honey and toasted walnut tarts will do the rounds with warm snapper and red capsicum croquettes with saffron aioli and seared scallops with fennel, chilli, caper breadcrumbs and lemon butter.

To keep the Moet flowing nicely, more substantial dishes include slow-cooked roast smoked paprika lamb shoulder with potato puree and fresh king crab salad with avocado, citrus salad and gazpacho dressing.

And would it be Miguel without a classic Spanish paella - this one with chicken, garlic prawns and green lip mussels? And there'll also be a range of tapas (think patatas bravas, olives and manchego cheese sticks).

Of course there'll be churros for dessert with chocolate dipping sauce, along with a spiced dark mousse with honeycomb and strawberry wafers among other sweet endings.

Spanish ingredients courtesy of PPR
To get me in the mood, PPR have kindly sent me a sample pack of Spanish ingredients including Spanish paella rice, Spanish paprika, Spanish EV olive oil and a tiny bottle of sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry vinegar.

I can't wait to get my paella on - almost as excited about that as I am about coordinating my race day outfit. Happy punting, racegoers.


Simon Food Favourites said...

i'm looking forward to the freshly shucked oysters although i don't think i'm skilled enough in the kitchen to make a paella :-)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh I have this waiting for me-can't wait to play with it. Are you going to be in the marquee?

Tina said...

Hi Simon - I'm going to give it a whirl anyway...!

Hi Lorraine - I'm afraid not :(

gianna@TheEmptyFridge said...

Fabulous! Shall we hatch a plan to sneak into the marquee then, Tina?

I do love the atmosphere of the races, but my betting strategy just involves picking a horse with the most interesting name!

Tina said...

Hi Gianna - Same strategy! And colours too :)

Tina said...

Aaaah! Turns out I am going for Doncaster Day - woohoo! OMG, does my headpiece even match the dress???


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