If you are on holiday, you have to relax and spoil yourself with good food and drinks.
It’s called a holiday for a reason 😉 In Valencia you must have a good authentic paella lunch. You can eat a delicious Paella in one of the many restaurants in the city centre, the beach or around the Albufera lake.
Paella is a real Spanish dish and exactly not a lot of people know this, but it is originated from Valencia. The Valencian Paella is made from rabit, chicken, beans, rice of course and some other secret ingredients of the chef. You have also paellas that are made from seafood and fish. And don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, because then they replace the meat & fish for some lovely artichokes, beans and vegetables in season.
But why is it called Paella?
Its name comes from the pan it is made in. The word ‘Paella’ origins from the Latin term for pan, namely patella. But, we just took away the ‘te’, because it’s a lot easier to say it that way 😉
Of course you will hear also many other stories about the roots of the name Paella.
I like the story that the word derives from “para ella”, which means for her.
It is usually cooked by man on fire (just like the BBQ).
So, it was called a dish specially made for her = pa’ella.
How to make this amazing dish?
Making paella is a whole process and if you want a tasty paella it certainly has to cook for 60 minutes.
1. Naturally, first you need a big pan, but if you don’t have a paella pan, use a 13-inch or larger skillet.
2. Next thing to do: add olive oil and add salt in the corners of the pan. When the oil is hot throw the meat (chicken and rabit) .
When the meat is cooked, you can add your vegetables (beans, artichokes, grated tomatoes) and wait till it is sautéed.
3. Then add water, saffron (food coloring and rosemary optional). You have to slowely boil this to make broth and allow it to reduce by half.
4. Afterwards you can add the Valencian rice which is rounded and short (arroz Bomba / Bahia or Albufera).
This kind of rice absorbs liquid very well, and it stays relatively firm during cooking. Cook the rice until al dente.
5. When the rice is done, cover with foil, turn up the heat, and use a spoon to check for a caramelized crust.
6. Remove the pan from the heat and let the paella rest, still covered, 5 to 10 minutes.
7. Time to enjoy your selfmade lunch! I am sure it will be delicious!
But, probably when you are on vacation in Valencia you will not have a large the kitchen or the pans you need.
Luckily, I have the perfect solution for that!
If you want to learn how to make your own paella and bring back home the taste of Spain, you can sign up for a paella cooking workshop with me. There is the possibility to either do the cooking yourself or watch some cooking demonstrations. The chef will share tips and tricks to get the right amount of rice and water, the caramelized crust and the perfect taste.
There are different locations to do the paella cooking, let me advice you on where to go, depending on your wishes, the group size and time you have to spend in Valencia.
For more information check out the ‘paella workshop’. Hopefully we can enjoy a paella together!
So, what once was eaten as a farmer dish is now a real feast meal!
I know one thing for sure: you can’t go to Valencia without eating paella!