Showing posts with label Spanish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spanish. Show all posts

Get ready for your Summer Holiday - Let's Cook Paella

Oh yes, it's that time of year when we all soon start to think about our summer holiday.  Well okay, the weather isn't even spring like at the moment here in the UK, but I don't care!  I'm getting into the holiday spirit a bit early as I'm going to make the most of this years holiday abroad since we didn't have one last year.


I do love Spanish food and when in Spain I can't resist Paella.


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Sponsored Video How to Make Potato Piglets - Spanish Tapas

I just love these cute Potato Piglets with Cinco Jotas ham (shown in the video below) a mini Master Class video by with Three-starred Michelin Chef Pedro Subijana of the world renowned Akelarre restaurant in San Sebastian.    

They are perfect as part of Spanish tapas and although they might seem a tiny bit time consuming, the video is easy to follow and they can be made at home.   Potato puree is prepared and in a series of drying it out in thin layers, and then by re-hydrating it again to make it pliable the potato is rolled out like pastry, cut into pig shapes and deep fried for a few seconds which produces lovely fat puffed up potato pigs!   
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Flavour of Spain - Paella

As a lover of cooking and of course eating, there's nothing I look forward to more than going abroad and trying new foods.  I really love looking at different and exciting menus.  That said I know there are a lot of people that wont even try anything new.  If you do feel like that, I'd love to be able to encourage you to just look at the delicious foods that countries such as Spain has to offer. 

Paella
 
Such wonderful colours, different textures and flavours a dish such as Paella has to offer.  Chicken, peppers, slightly spicy chorizo, peas and perfectly cooked flavorsome rice to name but a few.  

But as I say, I don't need convincing.  I just love the wonderful ingredients and flavours of the Mediterranean and their easy and relaxed style of cooking. Although Paella does seem to have a never ending list of ingredients, it's so worth giving it a go.  Everything ends up in one big pan I find it quite relaxing watching it cook and  adding another ingredient now and then giving it the occasional stir.  
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Homemade Pizza Recipe - Serrano Ham and Chorizo

Pizzas are so very easy to make at home and of course the best thing is, you can add whatever combo of toppings takes your fancy.
For this pizza I used a selection of Spanish meats from the Tapas range at Marks and Spencer.  Even the pizza sauce for the base is a doddle to make.

Serrano Ham and Chorizo Pizza

Spanish Serrano Ham, Spicy Chorizo and Lomo, finished off with Sweet Bell Peppers, Cheese and a little sliced Red Chilli. You can use a ready-made Pizza base as I did.
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Patatas Bravas with Chicken and Chorizo

Oh my word you must give this a go, it was truly delicious.  Armed with no recipe whatsoever but knowing Patatas Bravas was a potato dish with a spicy tomato sauce I went for it.  

Okay, I've since discovered the potatoes ought to have been roasted or fried in olive oil - but hey ho this works and tastes good, so who cares!  Spanish Recipe Patatas

Fancying more than just potatoes I added chicken and chorizo - always a winning combination in this house.
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Spanish-Style Chicken and Sweet Pepper Stew

Another of my make it up as I go along recipes - it's really easy to make too as it's all cooked in the one pot.  Lovely flavours of tomato and sweet peppers mixed with the smokiness and nice heat of Pimenton de la Vera (hot Spanish paprika) together with Chorizo was in a word, delicious!


Don't you just love the colours? This can easily be made vegetarian if you leave out the chicken (of course) and add more beans!
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Chicken with Peppers and Pimentón

Readers of this blog will know how I like to make recipes up as I go along!  Using whatever might be living in the fridge at the time.  So, armed with two chicken fillets, a red and a yellow bell pepper and a few other bits and bobs including onions, garlic and dried chilli flakes which are always in this house.  

What to do - what to do?

Chicken with Peppers and Pimentón

A lovely rich tomatoey dish of chicken with peppers and onions with a nice heat from the chilli flakes and smokiness of Pimentón.  So, Chicken with Peppers and Pimentón was created!
The sun-dried tomatoes added a nice sweetness to this and so if you have some I wouldn't leave them out.
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Mojo Sauce - Canarian Red Sauce

Back from our holidays in Fuerteventura and what a fantastic time we had!
I've never eaten so much fresh fish and paella in my life and besides that was one of my favorite things was Mojo sauce - I love the stuff!   
It seems there are so many different versions of this sauce but the one served in the Barcleo Jandia Playa hotel was extra yum.  So, with that in mind I was on a mission to get the recipe and I tracked down the man that made it.

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The Best Paella Recipe

Easy and tasty recipe - Paella is packed with flavour and as long as you use the correct rice you can't really go wrong. Lots of people like to leave the shells on the tiger prawns, which I know looks more impressive, but I can't be doing with things on my plate that can't be eaten!


 You may wish to add more shellfish than I did but I had to keep mine very low key as Paul would have a fit as I had a job convincing him about the squid!
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Spanish-style Chicken and Chorizo Stew with Peppers, Onions and Smoked Paprika

Marks and Spencer sell a fantastic range of ready prepared meals and they do a range called 'Cook'.  Last week I spied this Spanish-style chicken and chorizo stew with peppers, onions, smoked paprika and Arborio rice.
I bought one to give it a try, but with every intention of having a go at making it myself if we liked it - we loved it.


Be sure to use smoked paprika, or it won't taste the same.

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