|Whatever you do in life, a lady of a certain age will appear to check you are doing it properly|
My version of Paella
1 large onion
As much garlic as you like
Some green beans
Some green peppers (if you can get the Spanish type, all the better)
Two chicken breasts
Pour a large slug of olive oil into a paella pan (if you don't have one, a wok will work or a large frying pan) and heat until smoking.
Put all the chopped ingredients into the pan and cook for a bit on high heat stirring constantly.
Add about a teaspoon of Pimenton Dulce (paprika is not a substitute for this) and a bit of any herbs you like (I like oregano). [Note from me, for those of us who do not live in Spain, I think you can either get this on ebay or use smoked paprika. He will email me now and say, no, smoked paprika is not the same! But if it is good enough for Delia it is good enough for me].
When everything's coated with the Pimenton, pour in about half a litre of chicken stock and a good slug of white wine.
Put in a large handful of peeled, cooked langoustines or prawns (don't use frozen ones, they're tasteless. Peel them yourself you lazy bastard!) [Note from me, I am going to have to quote the very funny Gingerbread Lady here: 'If you wish to change to attic24's blog, please do. She photographs tulips and ladybirds and squees at baby toes. I don't think she scolds her readers.' Also, I would not know what to do with an unpeeled prawn if one walked into the house and introduced itself to me, but you all may be better people].
Keep on high heat and keep stirring.
Add about half a mug of washed, short-grained rice (I like brown rice - "integral" as we call it here)
Turn heat down and simmer until the rice is "al dente", stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
Eat with a good Rioja while listening to "Variations for Electronic Orchestra" by Keith Bennett - available from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and eMusic. [And I think we are all admiring the subtlety of Keith’s plug here. Unfortunately because of the way his site is set up I can't do an internal link - you have to go to the link I have given you and look for Variations].
Thanks Keith! Hope your weather is good, we are having delightful sunny days here (says she, smugly. Ha! You may have pimenton dulce but we have nice weather. For once).