Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Doña Elena

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When an invite came in to participate in a Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Doña Elena to be held at New World Manila Bay Hotel, I know it would be a gastronomic full loaded lesson to intake not only literally we can also indulge on the richness of healthy food. 

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Personally, I’m user of Doña Elena Olive Oil. Versatile oil as I can pour them to salad, pasta and a replacement to traditional cooking oil for frying that made the dish healthy.  There is always a notion to everyone that this olive oil is expensive but when you look at it at the supermarket, the price is the lowest among the displays.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

As we waited for the class, I go around in our kitchen laboratory to check the ingredients painstakingly prepared for us.

What are we preparing?

  • Gazpacho
  • Paella Mixta
  • Sangria

It was already proportioned and the excitement within me keep me saying “Let’s bring it on and cook”.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena
  Bianca King hosted the said event while Hotel’s Executive Chef James Williams welcome us giving introduction what to expect on the said cooking class.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

We were given a group to work on. Good thing, some of the members were also mommies like me.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

The cooking experience was lot of saute when we were cooking Paella Mixta. Even it was lot of mixing, be sure that the rice is cook well and blended with the broth.

Again rice is the one that would take time to cook. Once all the seafood were all cook even rice was not yet cook, remove it first. Seafood like squid must not be overcook or else it would be rubberized once eaten. Continue also pouring some broth thus not making it dry.

The finish product?

Yes, its extravagant yet healthy dish.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Aside from the seafood and chicken, vegetables were also visible which made it healthy to indulge. These was the first picture when we were trying to figure out how we will design the hot plate.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Here is the recipe:

Paella Mixta
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Ingredients
  1. 75 ml Doña Elena olive oil
200 g chicken thighs, marinated in
  1. 1/4 tsp. paprika, 1tsp. olive oil,
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 1 pc onions, finely sliced
  4. 4 pcs garlic cloves, finely chopped
  5. 1 pc capsicum, cut into strips
  6. 125 g. tomatoes, crushed
  7. 50 g. tomato paste
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. 600 g bomba rice, washed
  10. 15 pcs saffron threads, soaked in 1/4 cup boiling water
  11. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  12. 1.2 Liters of boiling hot chicken and/or seafood broth,
  13. mixed with 1 tsp. paprika, salt and pepper
  14. 150 gms squid, sliced in rings
  15. 10 pcs prawns
  16. 3 pcs. cooked whole crabs, cut into bite-size pieces
  17. 15 pcs. cooked clams or 16 - 20 pieces fresh clams
  18. 15 pcs cooked mussels
  19. 35 g. green peas
  20. 40 g olives
  21. 10 pcs lemon wedges
  22. 2 tsp. Italian parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a paella pan, heat 50ml olive oil and saute chicken until skin turns brown. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan, sauté onions, then add garlic and capsicum, cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, then sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add in tomato paste & stir until all ingredients are coated. Add olive oil if needed.
  5. Tomato paste must be cooked until color darkens but not burned.
  6. Sprinkle smoked paprika. Mix until it is evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place rice & saute until translucent, stirring constantly for a few minutes.
  8. Pour saffron liquid first and mix. Then add the broth.
  9. (Note: Don’t worry if all the broth cannot fit at this point, the balance can be added later.)
  10. From this moment, the cooking time is approximately 20-25 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. At this moment, do not stir. From high to medium heat, turn heat
  11. to low once liquid has evaporated.
  12. Once rice is almost cooked, add the squid and prawns. Cover with foil and cook until
  13. prawns and squid are cooked.
  14. Add remaining ingredients evenly & decoratively throughout the skillet in the following order: clams, mussels and crab, olives and green peas.
  15. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  16. To serve, remove foil, sprinkle with parsley and decorate with lemon wedges.
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The Sangria was also easy to do because it was just mixing all the fruits. But be sure to have the right amount of brandy and red wine or else, there would be a tipsy feeling after that.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

The best part also of the event aside from cooking was to eat what we cook.

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena
Gazpacho with Sangria

We were also introduced other Spanish Cuisine that served to our dining table like:

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena
Navajas al Ajillo and Pan con Tomate

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena
Rabo de Toro

To recap, like to share a video I compiled to make this food escapade a memorable cooking experience.

Truly, it was a delightful afternoon and definitely, I would share all my learning to my family and friends as I cook these god yet healthy food – a genuine happiness to share with Doña Elena.

For more information and future events, visit https://www.facebook.com/Donaelenacuisineraclub/

Spanish Cuisine Cooking Lesson w/ Dona Elena

Author: Jinkee Umali

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