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Vectra
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No doubt some purists may disagree with the way I do this dish but paella is made all over the world in different guises and with different names. Basically it is a rice, seafood, meat and veg all cooked together in one pan. Ingredients and spices may be added, taken away as to anybody's taste.

I like one pan cooking as I only have two burners and a grill on the boat.

Proportions for two servings to people with normal appetites or one big eater.

Ingredients:

Half a cup of rice. I know it is not correct but I normally use basmati, a short grain rice is better.

A dozen slices at least of chorizo.

One tomato, sliced.

Half a sweet bell pepper of any colour.

A chicken breast, cut into 1 cm cubes.

12 king prawns or more if wished.

One medium onion, sliced.

One chilli pepper, whichever one you prefer or leave it out if you don't like chilli. chilli powder can be used too.

Half a teaspoon of smoked paprika

Quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric. Yes, I know you should use saffron but I find the flavour is lost in the other ingredients.

One veg or chicken stock cube.

Ground black pepper to taste.

Half a cup of peas, either fresh, frozen or tinned drained.

Two cloves of garlic. Leave it out if you don't like garlic.

One tablespoonful of olive oil or veg oil.

Method:  

Put the oil in a wide pan and gently fry the chorizo until the oil is coloured with the ingredients from the chorizo.

Put in the sliced onion and garlic and gently fry until the onions are translucent but not browned.

Add the tomato and bell pepper.

Add the smoked paprika, turmeric and chilli.

Add the cubed chicken and stir fry for half a minute.

Stir in the rice so it is coated in the oil and cook for a minute or two. Add black pepper to taste.

A good splash of white wine can be added at this point but is not essential.

Crumble the stock cube onto the ingredients and add a cup of water, bring to the boil and turn down, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally and adding water as necessary.

when the rice is about half cooked add the prawns and peas, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked. If the rice is still watery then simmer with the lid off until nearly dry.

You should not need any salt in this dish as the stock cube provides adequate salt but do as you wish. I believe there are salt free stock cubes around too so use them if you do not take salt.

I usually leave my "paella" in the pan with the heat turned off for a few minutes before eating. It is also delicious as an accompaniment to a barbecue either hot or cold. If you are serving it cold be careful. a refrigerator should be used if keeping it overnight, after that it does make rather good ground bait if you are fishing! However, I find it so yummy that the fish do not get a look in.

Try it, chop the recipe around to your liking and enjoy. Its great one pot boat grub and worth a try.

Now! if you really want an easy way, why not try doing the onions, chorizo, meat and prawns etc. and use a packet of savoury rice. of your choice? And what about using a packet of Supernoodles?


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Oct-06-2019 @ 3:25 PM                           Permalink
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Oops! nearly forgot, here is a picture of one I made this afternoon.

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Now that looks and sounds very yummy.

As you say this dish can come in a variety of guises and as a grandmother to two grandies who live in Madrid I can verify that.

This is ideal for one pan cooking and I have made it a few times myself,chorizo is a must and I do like the addition of tomatoes for a little extra moisture so I'll definitely give that a try, thanks Vectra.

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That looks lovely, will have to try at home! ??

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This is what you can do with the leftovers. I made a delicious burrito. Just stir fry the leftovers and wrap them in a delicious seeded wrap. I think I put a bit too much Tabasco sauce in this one and nearly blew my ears off! Wow!

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