As far as I remember I never published a recipe here. I am pretty sure, as I am not much of cook.
My mom, on the other hand, was. She was one of those old fashioned housekeepers. I loved eating her food and I miss her cooking dearly.
The other day when I was thinking about it I realized that I could, at least, try for my self to make some of her dishes. One of my favorites was her version of paella. She found the recipe in a magazine and made it often. Even my dad, who didn't like rice (rice is for chicken he used to say) loved it.
I made it last Sunday and it tasted just as I remember. It is really easy, which never stopped me from messing up a dish though, so I am sure it must be a breeze for you.
Here is the recipe, all measurement are metric. If you need help with it let me know.
1 union (cut in rings)
1 green paprika cubed (I used a red one)
500 grams uncooked rice
75 grams bacon (unsalted) cubed
1/2 tea spoon paprika powder
1 tea spoon of garlic powder (I used fresh garlic yummy)
a bit saffron (didn't use it, neither did my mom)
200 grams chicken fillet cubed
100 grams cod cubed
1 little can of peas
1 liter chicken stock
100 grams shrimps
100 grams mussels
Pre heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius or gas mark 4.
Fry the bacon with the the, olive oil, garlic, union rings and the paprika. When the mix is done add the rice (yes uncooked), saffron, pepper, salt and paprika powder (and garlic powder if you are not using fresh garlic).
Put this mixture in an oven dish and add the stock. Top it with the strained peas, the chicken and cod.
Put the dish in the over for about 30 to 40 minutes. Top it with the shrimps and mussels and put it back in the over for another 5 minutes.
I tried the rice after 50 minutes, it wasn't fully cooked so I put the dish back for another 10 minutes before I added the shrimps and mussels.
I am not sure how big the tea spoons are in other country's, in the Netherlands they are very small. Don't put in too much paprika powder. Taste it before you put in more. 100 grams are 3.5 ounces.
It was delicious, if I may say so.
Here are some photo's.