Sunday afternoon. I remember there are prawns, squid, chicken, mussel meat and a quarter piece of Spanish chorizo in my freezer. When I open my spice cupboard, the red color of paprika and yellow turmeric stands out shining among the rest. Turned to my paper bag and saw onion smiling at me. Then an idea starts to form in my head. I found red pepper, garlic, shallots, cloves and rice. The ingredients are almost complete except I am missing a bay leaf. I thought fresh basil from my corridor may be a good substitute.

Tune radio to my favorite Class95 and poured myself a glass of Merlot from Australia.

Aware that I don’t have the right pan to make this dish, I changed the cooking method a little. Heat up some olive oil over medium fire and fry the chorizo for one minute on both sides. With the same oil, seal the chicken and put it aside. Continue to brown some chopped garlic and put in the rest of the seafood. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste and fry for three minutes before adding a gulp of white wine. Put seafood aside and save the sauce for later use. Heat up new olive oil and fry chopped onion, shallot, garlic and a few cloves. When you smell aroma fills the air, put in washed rice follow by paprika, turmeric powder and the seafood sauce. Stir fry for a while and add in red pepper. Add hot water or chicken stock to cover rice. Lay all other ingredients on top and cover the lid over small fire for 15 minutes. Squeeze a quarter of a lemon and throw in some chopped basil before stirring. 

14 thoughts on “MIXED PAELLA

  1. Your pictures always make the food look so delicious. I’m just about to do downstairs for breakfast, and now I want paella. Normally, I’m quite conservative in what I eat first thing, so the fact that I want paella is all down to you 😉

  2. i am drinking coffee and looking at your paella dish. i think what i will get for lunch now…except i hope it will come with the mile high pile of meat…i am drooling.

    1. Thanks Jennifer. You gave me good confidence. To be honest, I am seriously looking at a career switch come next year and keeping my options open for anything that I might be able to excel in. Food arts could be one of them. Great to hear from you.

      1. I have no idea how to get into it…but you should check it out. I swear your photography always looks like it came off of the cover of Bon Appetit magazine or something.

        1. Thank you. That was really encouraging. I’m flattered. I probably have to sign up a basic course to know more about the profession and get contacts from there.

          Will certainly keep you updated if anything comes around. Wish me luck! 🙂

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