Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.
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.
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.
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?
- Paella Mixta
It was already proportioned and the excitement within me keep me saying “Let’s bring it on and cook”.
We were given a group to work on. Good thing, some of the members were also mommies like me.
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.
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.
Here is the recipe:
- 75 ml Doña Elena olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. paprika, 1tsp. olive oil,
- salt and pepper
- 1 pc onions, finely sliced
- 4 pcs garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 pc capsicum, cut into strips
- 125 g. tomatoes, crushed
- 50 g. tomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 600 g bomba rice, washed
- 15 pcs saffron threads, soaked in 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1.2 Liters of boiling hot chicken and/or seafood broth,
- mixed with 1 tsp. paprika, salt and pepper
- 150 gms squid, sliced in rings
- 10 pcs prawns
- 3 pcs. cooked whole crabs, cut into bite-size pieces
- 15 pcs. cooked clams or 16 - 20 pieces fresh clams
- 15 pcs cooked mussels
- 35 g. green peas
- 40 g olives
- 10 pcs lemon wedges
- 2 tsp. Italian parsley, finely chopped
- In a paella pan, heat 50ml olive oil and saute chicken until skin turns brown. Set aside.
- In the same pan, sauté onions, then add garlic and capsicum, cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add crushed tomatoes, then sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Add in tomato paste & stir until all ingredients are coated. Add olive oil if needed.
- Tomato paste must be cooked until color darkens but not burned.
- Sprinkle smoked paprika. Mix until it is evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place rice & saute until translucent, stirring constantly for a few minutes.
- Pour saffron liquid first and mix. Then add the broth.
- (Note: Don’t worry if all the broth cannot fit at this point, the balance can be added later.)
- 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
- to low once liquid has evaporated.
- Once rice is almost cooked, add the squid and prawns. Cover with foil and cook until
- prawns and squid are cooked.
- Add remaining ingredients evenly & decoratively throughout the skillet in the following order: clams, mussels and crab, olives and green peas.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- To serve, remove foil, sprinkle with parsley and decorate with lemon wedges.
The best part also of the event aside from cooking was to eat what we cook.
We were also introduced other Spanish Cuisine that served to our dining table like:
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.
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