If the in-laws are coming over from Spain and it's near Christmas they usually bring a leg of jamon serrano (mountain ham). Not wishing to bleat on but having been in bed I hadn't seen this years and not willing to negotiate the war zone that is our utility room floor this is all that I can see of it (at the moment). It's also all that you can see of it too. Now that I'm up and about (yippeee!) with only sciatic pain for company (still yippeee - drugs are marvellous!) I can't wait to start doing things with it. I have tasted it, the other day while in bed, hubby brought me a plate of it ever so thinly sliced. It was delicious!
At the moment the jamon is placed on top of the tumble drier which is on top of the washing maching. It makes the room quite warm if either one is switched on, and exceptionally hot if they're both on at the same time, so I do hope someone remembers to remove it before either appliance is next used. It would be a real shame to have to sit and eat the lot in one go. That would be too much even for us.
You have various grades or should I say quality of jamon serrano from the cheap, actually it's never cheap but shall we say more reasonable (which can leave a nasty after taste!) to the very expensive (which leaves the sort of taste in your mouth you'd possibly kill for!). This Christmas just gone you could have purchased some beautiful Jamon from Brindisa in London, starting at £165.oo up to £850.00.
You can click here to read a bit more about jamon. The best and my favourite jamon serrano has always been eaten in Andalucia, (Ssh! don't tell the in-laws). If you've never tried it, then do if you get the chance as it's seriously good stuff!