Today we celebrate World Sherry Day by sampling the delicious aperitif in many of its forms – from a salty Manzanilla to the unctuous Pedro Ximenez –  there is (as they say) something for everyone. And to go with each sherry, there will be jamon – Serrano Ham Croquetas, Clams with Chorizo, Iberico ham, and delicious puddings – each matched with a different sherry to tickle your tastebuds.

And if there is one thing more associated with sherry than Spanish ham, it’s my mother. And it happens to be her birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!

And if you were wondering, that’s not an entirely gratuitous picture of Penelope Cruz she did once star in the 1992 film Jamon Jamon