Yesterday, we all got to sample some Spanish style cooking, in the form of the well-known Spanish favourite, ‘Paella’. We all gathered outside the student lounge where we had a look at our chosen recipe and discussed how we would all work together. Luckily, we had a few Spanish cooks among us! We started out with our list of ingredients… I then learned that we definitely do NOT use chorizo in an authentic Spanish Paella… so we went with something a little different – Spanish/Lexis Style Paella! 🙂
Everyone had different jobs to do in preparation for our cooking such as preparing and chopping the vegetables, sourcing pots, pans, bowls and any cutlery needed. We then lined everything up at our cooking station, all ready to go! We got in to the spirit of it all with some fun Spanish music playing in the kitchen.
Everyone helped out but two of our Spanish students, Jose and Maria, took the main responsibility of overseeing the actual cooking. We had to cook everything well first before adding in the rice and stock at the end, leaving it for a very long time then to simmer slowly. It is always tempting to stir and scrape the bottom, but apparently this is the wrong thing to do with Paella! It naturally sticks to the bottom and we just lightly fold through the top, as it’s cooking. Amazing to have our Spanish students for these little tips along the way! Check out our dish as it progressed…
There was a lot of love and effort put into the making of our paella and the hardest bit was waiting for it to cook! We had regular tasting along the way and eventually when it was all cooked, we were ready with 16 empty bowls!
End result: Spanish/Lexis Paella = DELICIOUS! 🙂