Paella is a vibrant Spanish dish made with a variety of proteins and vegetables. Similar to a casserole only much more elegant!
I’ve always loved the cuisine of other countries and enjoying them while in that particular part of the world…even better! While studying in Madrid during college, I was fortunate enough to live with a wonderful group of ladies who taught me how to cook their native dishes. Among my favorites was Paella.
Paella is a traditional rice dish seasoned with beautiful golden strands of saffron.
There are many versions of this traditional Spanish dish, always with rice as the main base. Some recipes call for all seafood, some consist of meat and seafood, there are recipes with chicken only, and then there are recipes with a combination of all of the above. And a few cities actually have a paella dish named after them; they seem to have the bragging rights of theirs being better and more authentic!
Our daughter, Miranda studied in Barcelona during her senior year at LSU. Having no classes on Fridays, she and a couple of her friends took a paella cooking class… I was a little envious! The photos she texted us brought back wonderful memories of my year in Spain. Her cooking class was a bit more elaborate than mine from the late 70’s! Her class took place in a cooking school. Mine, in a family kitchen…which I actually loved! I can’t wait to compare the recipes!
Although there are many dishes that I learned to make during my year abroad, I still love making paella all these years later; and the aromas from the kitchen take me back to my days on Calle de Quintana.
Hmm….maybe Miranda and I need to have a Paella cook-off! ¡Viva España!
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