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Important potatoes

Hello!

This time I come again with a vegetarian recipe, but a really good one for winter cold days. It’s a typical spanish recipe original from Palencia, and very economic.

Ingredients (for 1 person):

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • Saffron
  •  3 garlic cloves
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Paprika
  • 1 egg
  • Flour
  • White wine
  • About ½ litre of oil to fry

Let’s start peeling the potatoes and then slicing them, having slices about half centimetre thick. Pass each potato slices first through flour and then through a whisked egg.

Add oil in a pan or pot and wait for it to be hot, fry the potatoes in several batches for about 3 minutes. Then reserve them over paper towels in order to remove oil excess.

Chop an onion and put a bit of olive oil in a pot, then add the onion a bit of salt and 2 bay leaves. Stir from time to time and cook about 6-7 minutes. While cooking the onion put in a mortar 3 garlic cloves, a bit of saffron, a bit of salt and a bunch of parsly grinding them until well mixed.

Add a bit of white wine in the pot, the content of the mortar, one teaspoon of paprika and the already fried potatoes. Add enough water to cover the potatoes passing above like 2 fingers  and cook for 20 minutes. Instead of stiring it, just shake the pot in order to avoid break the potatoes.

Important potatoes

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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Paella

Hello,

Paella is one of top typical dishes in Spain, present in lots of  menus each thursday (thurday it’s like the paella day in Spain). It’s so spread it is difficult to find something like the “original paella recipe”, so it’s cooked on slightly different way on each kitchen. This is only one more possibility to cook the paella, hope you enjoy:

Ingredients (for 4 people):

  • 400 gr rice
  • 2 onions
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • Thyme and rosemary
  • 2 sepia (cuddlefish)
  • 12 muscles
  • 12 prawns
  • 5 small radishes
  • Saffron
  • 1 lemon

Peel the prawns and place the heads and skin on a big pot, add also one onion in quarters, 2 carrots, thyme, rosemary, 5 garlic cloves, 5 small radishes and 2 sepia. Add salt and olive oil, cover with cold water and let boil for about an hour. On this way you will obtain a nice broth and the cuddlefish will be tender. You can also add more vegetables to the broth, like pumpkin, celery, leek … the more ingredients the more taste.

Once the water has been boiling for an hour remove the sepia and drain to obtain the broth. Chop one onion. Add 3 garlic cloves on a blender cup, olive oil and parley and mix with the blender. Add this oil to a pan. When oil is hot add chopped onion, salt and move it; cook it for about 10 minutes. Then add the muscles (discarding those already open, because should be unhealthy), add also sepia cut in small pieces and the peeled prawns. Move frequently and cook until almost all muscles are open.

Add the rice, the saffron and mix it well. Now add broth to cook the rice, the rice must be cooking for 15 minutes until it gets tender. Add broth more times if needed; also taste it to check if you need to add more salt. You can server some lemon with it so people can squeeze it; lemon it’s a nice partner for paella.

paella

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