Paella.

Sunday 8th May 2011

My son, Zephyrus, brought home the recipe book, that was put together by all the students in his class, this weekend.

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At the beginning of the year each student had to write a recipe for something they make at home. (We wrote the recipe for making crêpes.) Then once everyone had made their contribution, the students were able to take the book home again but this time choose something to make from all the other recipes. Once made the student would then leave a comment.

Some of the recipes were more liked than others. The chocolate chip cookies, made by his friend Axel, were very popular. Zephy wanted to make something that nobody else had made.

He chose to make a Paella.

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We prepared all the ingredients beforehand. It would make things quicker and easier in the long run. After giving him an idea of how the veg needed to be cut, I left him to his own devices. Needless to say we got some huge bits and some tiny slithers.

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First we put 1 onion, 200g of red pepper & 200g of green pepper into a pan to fry with a little olive oil.

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once tender, we added 100g peas and 200g of prawns. As we were peeling the prawns, Zephy couldn’t resist eating 4 of them before they got to the pan. It’s one of the perks of being the cook, I suppose.

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Then 200g of mussels, 200g of clams & 300g of rice. Mix everything together.

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Finally, mix 1 litre of stock with a sachet of paella mix. It’s basically saffron & paprika. As it simmers, add the stock bit-by-bit, so the rice soaks it up. The whole process should take about 30 minutes.

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We left a couple of un-shelled prawns to put on the top for decoration.

Zephy wrote;

“Hello, My name is Zephy. We made the paella. We enjoyed it at lot. We made it just how the recipe said. The paella was very tasty.”

I agree, it was very tasty. 🙂

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4 Responses to Paella.

  1. roger edwards says:

    put me down for a large helping

  2. Stef says:

    Wow, did Z make it largely by himself? (I.e., I read he cut the ingredients, right? And I assume he did a lot of tending to the cooking pot as well…?) Impressive!

    I chuckled at the claw taped to the recipe… if only every recipe book had a sample of each item right in the book! 😉

    I really liked the picture step-by-step; it was very fun to follow along. 🙂

  3. Mistral Zagni says:

    What a wonderful job you both did on this. I was very impressed and it really was so tasty. A wonderful memory for Zeph. Well done.

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