With parents who reside in Spain, paella is something my whole family loves, my mum has been taught how to cook it by the locals. This weekend with my mum in the UK at my home I decided to cook her my version. It’s probably not a true paella but hey, it’s tasty family food and a one pot meal that you can put in the middle of the table so everyone helps themselves.
Of course you could totally add chicken, fish or your own favourite vegetables to this, I used what I had in my kitchen. Make your own version and let me know how it goes.
Easy Peasy Paella
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 114
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Total Carbohydrates 70g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- pinch of saffron (optional)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 100g chorizo, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 450g basmati rice (you could use paella rice)
- 1 tsp Italian mixed herb mixture
- 2 dried lime leafs (optional)
- 450ml chicken stock (mine was homemade or use a stock cube and water)
- 2 large carrots grated
- 2 medium courgetes grated
- 100g mushrooms
- 100g peas
- 450-600ml water approx, judge it on the rice as it cooks
- dash of lemon juice
- 250g frozen prawns
- large handful of fresh herbs, chopped
- Place the spices in a large wide based pan on a medium heat, add the boil and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the chorizo and allow it to release its oils.
- Next add the garlic and rice, cook for 2 minutes. Then add the stock, dried herbs and lime leaf.
- Allow this to simmer whilst you prep the veggies, you could use any veggies you like!
- Add in the vegetables one at a time and stir in.
- Add the water and place the lid on the pan. Allow it to simmer until the rice is cooked.
- Finish with the lemon juice and prawns, allowing the prawns to cook in the pan with the rice for a few minutes.
- Finally add the herbs, taste and season.
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Check out a little video of us cooking it here. My 7 year old girl was on “sous chef” duty tonight and she totally enjoyed helping out. Her tasks were to measure the rice using the Carb Spoon
, to cut the chorizo up, grate some vegetables, add them and stir the pan. She added the stock, picked the herbs and chopped them too. Plus she got the prawns out of the freezer and added those for me.
I’m trying to get my children to each cook with me once a week, making it a scheduled activity and time with mummy all at once. It slows me down and means more planning is needed but it is also teaching them valuable skills.
Christmas Dinner – what does it look like in your home? Turkey with all the trimmings? Not in our home I’m afraid. We’re a bit untraditional in our house when it come to Christmas Day food. In fact I’ve only actually had Turkey on Christmas Day twice in just over 30 years. We’ve had duck, beef, salmon en croute, prawn linguine, Sri-Lankan curry, a Chinese banquet and more. For us it’s a chance to have whatever we really fancy having, buy quality ingredients and make it a special meal.
This year my husband has worked over most of the Christmas period, he was home on Christmas Day but working from home. Due to the nature of his work it could mean you just plate up a meal and then the phone rings….that’s that….cold dinner. So we wanted to keep things simple this year. Having spent Christmas in Spain before my husband requested Paella. His wish = my command!
Having looked through a few recipes I took bits from all of them and as always followed none of them but created my own version. We used saffron plus a special Spainish paella mix (brought over from Spain), chorizo, chicken, prawns and mussels along with the essential rice plus peas, peppers and mushrooms. Easy to cook, keep warm in case of phone calls and lots of left overs for baby dinners and Boxing Day. Here’s a photo of it cooking. It was so tasty that we only managed paella…no dessert, no chocolates, nothing till cheese and wine in the evening 🙂