A blog by Jorge Garcia.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Paella

A few weeks ago my cousin and her husband came out to visit.
We made a project on Valentines Day to cook a Paella over an open fire.
Everyone pitched in.
Here we're starting with the shrimp.
Kendra adding fish and tomatoes and seasoning.
A nice boil with the clams opening up.
Too much smoke.
Finally Beth finished it off with the peas.

It was my first paella but I thought it turned out to be a success.

68 comments:

Tara said...

This has been a week of Paella, seriously I hve seen it mentioned like 12 times....never heard of it before that, baader meinhof for the win!

Sarah said...

That looks awesome!!!

Melanie said...

u planning on opening a restaurant after the show wraps? ;-)

Pili Ramone said...

From Spain,"land" of Paella...
Good Job!

Becky said...

You're quite the foodie! It looks yummy

derekbrink said...

I'd eat it.

CB said...

Looks tasty.

Also, Go Badgers!

jim said...

Hot damn! you two just continue to impress. Always thought one of the larger paella pans would be a killer sled... did I just type that? Must keep craziness inside.

Stage Manager said...

Did you put rice in it?

Stage Manager said...

Did you put rice in it?

collettemn said...

I like the picture that shows the beer bottle on the ground :)

vospik said...

Ah! Sounds like a perfect afternoon!!! I'm missing my 'ol Miami cookouts (in Atlanta now, its snowed yesteday). Cheers!

Courtney said...

OH MY NOM!!

I love paella so much. I'm totally coming over for the next batch!

purplejuli said...

DUDE! Have you seen this? http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/hurley-parties-in-the-usa


It's that goofy Miley Cyrus song with Hurley clips to match the lyrics. HYSTERICAL.

Jorge Garcia said...

Uh. That's a wine bottle actually. Kendra put a little white wine in the mix.

Jorge Garcia said...

Uh. Yeah. We put rice in it.

amycakes said...

you're quite the cook. try making captain crunch chicken fingers w/ a honey yogurt sauce. kinda trashy but tasty none the less.

James Hernandez said...

Jorge,

Paella mmmm mmm! Its is great with rabbit or chicken too.

Rich said...

That looks like a nice dish for a cookout, something different. Probably a short cooking time too.

Rich said...

That looks like a nice dish for a cookout, something different. Probably a short cooking time too.

Dr. Schluss said...

Looks great! Strangely enough, the worst paella I ever had was in Seville, Spain. If you're ever in Atlanta, I dig the paella at La Fonda Latina, which has 6 or 7 locations throughout the city.

C said...

I want to know how the rice cooks without a lid.

Maybe when Lost ends, you can have your own show on Food Network. I would watch. :)

Jules said...

Very awesome! I want some!!! I see your cornrows are gone... wonder what that means...

Cristián said...

Hi man! i'm a huge fan... is it true that you are half Chilean? if that so.. you should try "completos" its like a hot dog... take care man keep up with the good job!!

Charles said...

Yum!

Jenny said...

Mmmm....that looks good. I'm hungry right now and wish I could grab that through the screen. Good job!

sherrypg said...

Smoke follows beauty. (That's what I was always told.)

Schoolisout said...

Wine?No man... This is no Paella XD

If you ever come to Valencia(Spain) I invite you to a real Paella. But anyway your 'paella' looks kind of good

:))

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

looks good....

Sho said...

looks sooooo good

Jenea said...

Hi Jorge! Here, where I live we never not heard about 'Paella"! I think it's something delicious.
Jorge, you know that 8 March-- is woman's day!???Really, I want to make something interesting and delicious for my sister and my mom, but I didn't know what! Can please to give one good advice from you!!??? Will be very glad! ;)

Jorge, I was, ever very interested- "In the first or second season of Lost, you make a jump in a water, I like so much this moment, =) but it's looks like you jumping in water -where is not Big depth--it's true!??? There, not was Big depth??? Or just it so seemed to me!??? ;)

nollyposh said...

Looks fab (even though i'm vegan- with a fish twist) and co-incidentally i was at a twilight market last week where the fOOd was fabulous and i even took photo's of... yes you guessed it, the Paella (Funny that!... oooh a bit like a Lost plot!) X:-o!

Alex said...

Hi
I don't know the kind of paella yo made guys, but the usual Spanish one has not tomato sauce.

Anyway bon apetit!

angurth said...

Yes, this is not "Paella".
Please, visit Valencia (as Schoolisout said) if you wanna a really good ones :-)

Garrett said...

Looks awesome Jorge! Is there a recipe around?

Ashlie-Mommycosm.com said...

YUM! That looks amazing...and fun.

Erin said...

I've never heard of a paella, but it certainly is artistic-looking!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

AWESOME :D

jada said...

Looks so good.
How was the shrimp? If it was rubbery and overcooked you should try adding it as the last ingredient. Shrimp has a relatively short cooking time and can get overcooked very quickly.

How has your bread starter been? Bread baking much?

Matías Potel Feola said...

That looks really good man, congrats!. Now I really want paella.

Becky said...

That looks really yummy. I LOVE me some paella!

Nootle said...

Hey Jorge,

Love the blog, very entertaining and love that you put up food posts as well. Getting ready for a career in cooking so it's pretty awesome that I get to combine food and Lost peeps. =)

I've seen some paella pans around but where did you score yours? Just curious...trying to get a good deal, as they can be a little pricey.

Loving this 6th and final season of Lost! So bittersweet, but you already knew that. Keep up the great work.

Jorge Garcia said...

Yeah I knew Spanish people would say it's not paella. But that's fine. The Spaniards on the show said the same thing about ANY paella not made in Valencia.

Your right it's pureed tomatoes not sauce. We used canned. We also used different seafood. Oh and the shrimp were not rubbery. We cooked them and removed them and then added them again later as the recipe said.

My recipe came from the book, "Spain: A Culinary Road Trip." It came out of a television show that Mario Batali made with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Rachel said...

For a quicker weeknight version:

Cook some rice mixed with saffron and set aside. In a big pot throw little smokies cut up, peppers, onions, garlic, chopped up chicken breast with a little olive oil. Once that is cooked through - add a bag of cleaned shrimp and some butter. Then mix in with the rice.

Calories galore - but yummy! :)

gretchen said...

next time make it vegan!

R Hohf said...

Looks MUCH better than the paella I had in Spain--that had shrimp with the heads still on with their little stick eyeballs staring at us:{ And it was pretty gritty...

So sorry for the double comment on another entry--I guess I didn't read the instructions on posting comments very well!

Alisha Rene' said...

oh my goodness that looks delectable!!!!

ReNaTo UêGa said...

ROOOOOOOOÓOONCCCCT... ops!
It's my stomach send me a message. LOL
I think I'm hungry after see this. Looks so delicious!!!

Hugs Jorgeman! =)

Lynn said...

THAT looks good.

Tena Lynn

D.Reading said...

There was a lot of smoke? Smoke Monster attack!!!!!

Cynthia said...

March 27 National is Spanish Paella Day!

piter said...

Hola Jorge,

Esa paella seguro que tuvo que estar riquísima, aqui en España la hacemos muy bien pero tu vas mal en caminado. Un saludo.

Sina said...

hey hugo everybody love you cuz you are cute.

look at this. it is Iranian version of Lost.
he he :))

Irma said...

OMG, it looks amazing, I can smell the stinky-sweet-nose krinkling-pungent spices from here.

James Hamlet said...

Hi colega, listen, whenever you wanna make una buena paella por favor dame un toque y te enseño, no es que tenga mal aspeto, es que seems to be a different thing than paella, and it´s not because it had´nt been made in Valencia, ´cause I´m from south Spain,, Málaga, and paella doesn´t have to be from Valencia para que sea buena. Ademas me ofrezco para enseñarte a hacer Porra Antequerana, which is a cold soup made with vegetables, jamon serrano, eggs and tuna. I´m sure you´ll love it.

´´Saray´´ said...

Woo-hoo! I adore when I see someone praising Spain´s national dish :) I could not live without it when I was living away from my country so I often cooked it for my international friends who had not even heard of it.

Yours looks delicious!! and believe me, it is seriously tricky to get it the first times so well done, congrats.

Greetings from Spain! :)

P.S: I just stumbled upon your blog, did not know you had one. I admire your down-to-earth attitude, never lose it Jorge!

Christophe Xicluna said...

Yummy Yummy :)

Carla said...

Jorge in Spain there are a lot of different tipes of Paellas, there even is one made with the ink of the Calamari called Paella negra. So I thik yours is just as real as any of them. You should be very proud of it

kyra said...

?¿?¿?¿?¿spanish paella with peas??????

Sergio said...

jorge... sorry but this isn't a paella, I'm living in Valencia (Spain) originally from papella, and this isn't it... this is other thing... otherwise like tasted good ^^.

Sorry for my bad english T.T

Tokyo Biker Mommy said...

I love peas and i'm from Wisconsin! Yeah Beth!

Jamy said...

I am SO going to make this. My husband and kids will go ape over it (I'm not a big seafood person myself). Did you serve anything as a side dish or does this stand on its own? It looks like it would go well with corn bread, but then again, I'm from the south and think almost anything goes well with cornbread. :oP

brandonsch said...

Wow , your life looks pretty normal.........I had imagined lights, glamor , and fences made out of bars of solid gold.

You seem pretty down to earth :)

marta said...

Parece que está rica :P Pero los guisantes...no sé yo...too much peas i think

hanasaurus said...

this looks magical! i just make my first arroz con pollo! hooray first time cooks!

Sara Luque said...

Paella a la americana! love it!
Aunque veo más gambas que arroz, but it´s ok!

Koreyluvsren said...

Did you have sangria to go with it? Looks good

Nacho said...

Hugo, soy de Valencia, españa, de donde es original la paella. La tuya no se parece demasiado jeje, pero seguro que estaba buenisima.

Si algun dia vienes por mi tierra te invito a una auténtica, vas a flipar.