I have to admit, I really just wanted to upload this photo of the huge paella I made this weekend. I couldn’t resist trying to make it look like those you get in Spanish restaurants, adorned with tiger prawns and mussels. In this instance you can see some beautiful Scottish langoustines sitting diligently on the top of their golden bedding, their claws hanging over the sides.
Paella is my reliable fall back, stand-by entertaining dinner – for me it is simple and is always delicious and stunning to look at. You might be thinking how could paella be simple? But with my fail-safe recipe I know things can’t go wrong. It’s one pan, little stirring and you can add whatever you want.
I posted this recipe for paella three years ago when I first started Food4two and I still use it almost to the letter.
I’ve recently decided that the edition of some lightly steam fine green beans at the end not only gives a delicious crunch but the green looks wonderful against all that deep golden rice. I also often cook my peppers in big strips in the oven until charred then stir into the rice about two minutes before serving.
This paella was cooked up for two hungry and hardworking chaps that came down for the weekend to put in my double-glazing – namely my dad Colin and his good friend Henry. They worked like troopers from 7am until it went dark Friday, Saturday and even until this afternoon. The least I could do was feed them well – I think this hit the spot. Thanks Dad!