Thursday 1st December 2011

“It’s like buttah!” I exclaimed in my best Barbra Streisand accent.

I was referring to the squid in the paella, of course. A few months ago I had had a cooking disaster with some baby octopus which questioned my abilities, firstly, as a home cook & ultimately as a father & son. The shame of it! On that occasion we ended up eating a plate of rubber bands with spaghetti. Not nice.

Not wanting to commit the same error twice, I hit the net to get some overdue advice on keeping it tender. The most prevalent answer was the submersion in a bowl of milk, closely followed by the mashed kiwi. I liked the idea of the milk & the science sounded right, so I gave it a go. (The lactic acid enzymes break up the muscle & relaxes the protein molecules.)

So after soaking it for about 40 minutes, I rinsed it off & threw it in with the rest of the ingredients.

The end result was 100% better than my last attempt.

“It’s like buttah!” I repeated.

“Shut up Dad.” Zephy said.

That boy has got no idea to what lengths I went to for us to be able to have a rubber-free meal.

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5 Responses to Paella.

  1. Wow, that looks amazing! I’ve never made a paella, but I eyeball this huge paella pan at my fav. Spanish restaurant in FL every time I get the chance to visit. One day I’ll buy it and do it right. Know anyone with a good recipe? 😉

  2. Mistral Zagni says:

    Yes I remember the calamary was a beautiful texture. Wonderful.

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