So with Bills friend Derek coming for dinner last night I brought out my tried and tested fool proof paella... I watched this being made by my landlady when living in Seville years ago and although I never had a recipe I just basically remembered what she had done, I've tweaked it over the years and it really is lovely, good tasty food.
It never ever fails me...
PAELLA for 4
A heavy based pan, I have a paella pan which is a good investment and doubles up as a frying pan, it also makes killer crepes!
1 Red pepper, chopped
1 Onion, chopped
Handful frozen peas
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 breasts chicken
1 small chorizo sausage
Some squid rings (I cook these before hand so they don't get too rubbery!)
1 litre chicken/fish/vegetable stock
Glass of sherry/madeira
Half teaspoon saffron.
Soften the onion and peppers in the hot oiled pan and add the crushed garlic and the chicken. When the chicken is almost cooked stir in the rice, when has become translucent-ish add the madeira and the peas.Add some of the stock now and the saffron and watch as it turns a lovely yellow!
Keep adding the stock until the rice is cooked, I like it with a slight bite but its all personal preference. When it is just cooked add your prawns, when they are pink take the paella off the heat and stir in the squid and the chorizo!
Serve in the pan and allow your guests to help themselves!