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Paella with a twist!

You don’t see this everyday… Well, in Barcelona, you do, right outside the cathedral! The guy is having a head-start with his paella…
Anyway, here is one of the many many real paella recipes.


  • 170g/6oz chorizo, cut into thin slices
  • 110g/4oz pancetta, cut into small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp soft thyme leaves
  • ¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 570ml/1pint calasparra (Spanish short-grain) rice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 125ml/4fl oz dry white wine
  • 1.2 litres/2 pints chicken stock, heated with ¼ tsp saffron strands
  • 8 chicken thighs, each chopped in half and browned
  • 18 small clams, cleaned
  • 110g/4oz fresh or frozen peas
  • 4 large tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
  • 125ml/4fl oz good olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 12 jumbo raw prawns, in shells
  • 450g/1lb squid, cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method

  1. Heat half the olive oil in a paella dish or heavy-based saucepan. Add the chorizo and pancetta and fry until crisp. Add the garlic, onion and pepper and heat until softened. Add the thyme, chilli flakes and calasparra rice, and stir until all the grains of rice are nicely coated and glossy. Now add the paprika and dry white wine and when it is bubbling, pour in the hot chicken stock, add the chicken thighs and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Now place the clams into the dish with the join facing down so that the edges open outwards. Sprinkle in the peas and chopped tomatoes and continue to cook gently for another 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil with the garlic cloves in a separate pan and add the prawns. Fry quickly for a minute or two then add them to the paella. Now do the same with the squid and add them to the paella too.
  4. Scatter the chopped parsley over the paella and serve immediately.
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8 responses

  1. just by reading the recipe, you're already making me hungry. ^0^
    thanks for the recipe, already saved, in case i needed to cook something spanish inspired cuisine.^-^


    March 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

  2. Hey, this is fun!
    Thanks also for the paella recipe.


    March 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

  3. That guy must be 'beside himself'. he he.


    March 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  4. Haha! I like that the couple in the background are not the slightest bit curious about the headless man sitting there!! Great fun shot you two.


    March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  5. The man looks without his head.

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    March 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  6. one could lose one's head over this one.


    March 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

  7. This is very funny !


    March 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

  8. Weird guy there in your picture! LOL
    And thanks for the recipe, I'm taking my notes!


    March 20, 2012 at 8:38 am