Let’s Make Paella Together

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you, that one of my favourite parts of travelling is eating! Well, eating local cuisine – but I also love to cook it too!

Paella is an easy and versatile dish and is fab because you can make it either vegetarian, with fish (my personal favourite) or with chicken / chorizo!

It’s so easy to make too, cooking rice is my ultimate cooking nemesis 🙁 BUT paella rice is a piece of paella to cook (sorry.)

Shopping List:

  • Olive oil (if you’re cooking in Spain, head into Old Town Marbella and hit up D.Oliva – they do amazing olive oils, lots of infused ones etc!)
  • I prefer to use a skillet for this but you can just use a deep pan
  • grab some parsley from the garden
  • a pack of local-made chorizo
  • a couple of chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, clove garlic,  carrot,  red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato frito (or puree if fruit isn’t available)
  • 1 organic chicken stock cube
  • 300 g paella rice
  • Black olives
  • 100 g frozen peas
  • 200 g frozen peeled cooked prawns , from sustainable sources
  • 1 lemon

Method:

  1. Throw in oil, parsley, onion, carrot, red pepper, garlic and gently stir for 2 mins
  2. Add in your diced meat
  3. Add your tomato frito, and crumble your stock cube in
  4. Season, add in 750ml boiling water to the mixture
  5. Meanwhile, I cook the paella rice separately – as I say I do struggle with rice (I just can’t get it right!) but I find cooking it in a separate pan allows me to get it just perfect. Once done, pop your rice in to the pan with the meat / veg etc.

    Tip: I serve with lemon but I also squeeze lemon juice into the veg / meat as its cooking to make it a bit fresher.

  6. Lastly, stir peas and prawns and put a lid on it – cook for another 5 mins or so, or until hot through

Serve with lemon wedges round the outside, and a scattering of your garden-fresh parsley!

For table settings, I asked the gardeners to save me the dying blooms they were cutting, they make for the perfect accompaniment to a hurricane lamp!

Have you cooked paella before? Don’t forget to tweet me if you give this recipe a whirl!

Kate x

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. August 27, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love paella but I’ve never tried making it before, I shall definitely give this a go and let you know how it goes! Rice is always my nemesis, I always make waaaaay too much!
    Beautiful photos, now we’ll have to have another dinner party!
    Hels 💜🌸
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

    • Kate
      August 28, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Ooh you should totally try it it. is just soooo easy! I can just never ever get the rice right – it either burns and ruins the pan or is too hard! 🙁 !
      Definite deal on the dinner party!

      Kate x

  2. August 28, 2017 / 9:21 am

    This sounds and looks delicious! I’ve been looking for new recipes to cook at home instead of eating out or ordering in all the time. This may be the next thing in my list to try!!

    Steph x
    http://www.wanderlustpulse.com

    • Kate
      August 28, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      ooh def do! the veggie one keeps as well – it’s so yummy!

      Kate x

    • Kate
      August 28, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Ooh def give it a whirl! Let me know how you get on! God I have such a chorizo craving right now!
      Kate x

  3. Kayleigh Zara
    August 28, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I’m a massive fan of paella but I’ve never made it so this post has been great for me. I’ve bookmarked it and I will definetely try making it this week! Your photography is lovely too x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • Kate
      August 28, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Ooh def give it a whirl and let me know how you get on! Thank you so much for your sweet words about my photography.

      Kate x

  4. August 28, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    This sounds absolutely heavenly! I adore Paella, but it can be hard to find a place that serves it near where I live. And your directions make it sound so doable and easy!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • Kate
      August 28, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Aw definitely give it a whirl, this recipe is super quick!

      Kate x

  5. Sara Wood
    August 28, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ll have to give this a try sometime. Looking at the pictures are making me hungry 😊

    • Kate
      August 28, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      It’s delicious, def give it a try!

      Kate x

  6. September 1, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Ahh I love a good veggie paella! It’s only breakfast time, but now I’m soooo hungry 🙊.
    My have to give this recipe a go!
    Love,
    Hayley X

  7. September 1, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    This is exactly the type of dish I think about making and never get round to doing it!

  8. September 1, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    This looks so good!! I’ve only had paella once and that was when my friend’s dad cooked it on a massive street pan – he used to have a street pan business where he’d travel with it. His paella is AMAZING – I’m not usually a big fan of rice so I was surprised when I liked it as much as I did. Yours looks just as good!

    • Kate
      September 11, 2017 / 12:53 am

      Aw thank you! I’d love to cook it properly on a massive street pan!
      Kate x

  9. September 3, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    I bloody love paella and this looks way too tempting! I’ve recently made more of a commitment to vegetarianism, which has meant giving up chorizo (which I ADOREEEE, sob sob) so watching this has definitely made me drool slightly hahah! Your table settings are absolutely gorgeous and the blooms look so lovely, I certainly know who to call upon if I need dinner party advice now hehe! Fab post as always!

    Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Kate
      September 11, 2017 / 12:54 am

      I’m proud of your commitment to vegetarianism, Abbey! The fab thing about this recipe is it tastes just as good without meat, so you could always give veggie paella whirl, I’m sure you’d do a fab job!
      Thank you for your lovely comment as always!
      Kate x
      http://www.findingkate.co

  10. September 10, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    It sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’d love to try make it! I had paella once many years ago, one of my school teachers made it and it was yum!

    • Kate
      September 11, 2017 / 12:55 am

      You should def give it a whirl I bet you’d do an amazing job!
      Kate x

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