Memories of summer want to linger for us living here on this rainy coast and here is one of mine. I think, when the grey days of winter begin to wear, I will remember this great meal with some wonderful friends as a highlight of my summer. My friend Jane created this evening with her generous spirit, inviting us all to share her very special talent as a chef as she created this delicious paella. There may have been some wine there too but I just don’t remember!
Making paella is not for the faint of heart, ingredients like saron, clams, mussels, prawns and chorizo not only ramp up the costs (and deliciousness I might add), they also all need to be cooked for different lengths of time so that they remain true to their best qualities. A deep respect for what goes into the dish also comes from it’s unique heritage.
Paella is Spain’s national dish and is loved all over the world. It’s history goes back to the time of the Romans and is seen as the ultimate dish for sharing among friends and family. That truth was borne out by all the happy folks just laughing and eating and drinking and having a good time.
If you would like to learn how to make paella, Jane has provided a recipe that I will post on communalbeat.com. There will also be some more pictures and information about the dish.