Good afternoon everyone!
Last weekend I went back home to see my family and catch up on all things English…after 3 years in Spain I sometimes start to forget what my country looks like! On the plane home, I began imagining all the wonderful English treats I was going to gorge myself with once in my homeland!
So, you can imagine my complete astonishment when I arrived home to find that my mum had made an enormous Paella for us for dinner!!! To make me feel ‘at home’… I have to admit, though, that it was absoultely DELICIOUS! It appears that mum had got the recipe from a friend of a friend of a friend who’s aunty is Spanish…and well it really was very tasty and totally authentic.
She has kindly passed the recipe on to me, so if you feel like having a go at making this very typical Spanish dish yourselves, read on for a great recipe - my mum assures me that it is very easy :)
Ingredients (serves 6)
1/3tbsp olive oil 1onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
3-5 tbsps minced fresh parsley
1 large pinch of saffron
2 tbsps of chicken stock
3 skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
2 green peppers and 1 red pepper, sliced
1 tsp of yellow food colouring
8 oz tomato sauce
1 tsp sugar
4 cups of rice
7 cups of water
1/2 lb - 1 lb shrimps (leave shells on)
1 lb scallops
1. Fry the onion, parsley, and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes in a very large frying pan.
2. Add the saffron, chicken stock, chicken and peppers and fry until the chicken is white.
3. Add the tomato sauce, sugar and yellow food colouring. Stir it all together.
4. Add the rice & water and bring to boil. Season to taste.
5. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the shrimps & scallops and boil an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the rice gets too dry during the last 10 minutes, add more water. If the rice is too wet at the end of the 10 minutes, uncover and evaporate.
8. It’s ready! Put the fryingpan in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves in true Spanish style. Is great accompanied with a nice cold Sangria!
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!