This one is going to be a "picture walk" through the paella experience. I never really thought about making paella myself - I know it to be a seafood dish, and therefore didn't do much research into it. Well, paella can definitely be a great veggie dish. One which I hope to make again. And maybe make it a bit more the way it is "supposed" to be! (Inma gave us some great recipes to work from to make authentic paella for ourselves.)
The veggies: I used a lot. Let's see... There is eggplant, carrots, parsnips, onion, purple cauliflower, green pepper, green beans, and butternut squash and tomatoes fresh from my father-in-law's garden. There is also tofu in there, since I wanted the protein. What's missing. Garlic. Yeah. I don't run out of garlic. I use it in almost everything. But I was out. Oops...
The pan: Nowhere near big enough.
The rice. Paella is a rice based dish. Somehow, I only had a half cup of rice. Not even close. So I used quinoa as well. (Side note - tonight, a week after making this, I found more rice in my freezer. Another oops!)
Now to let it simmer. And hope that the liquid will be absorbed or evaporated.
Despite my ridiculous number of "oopses," this actually turned out really well. That being said, I would like to try this again, maybe with some better proportions for my pan (or a bigger pan), garlic, rice, a better ratio of rice:liquid... :)
I would like to thank Inma for teaching me about paella and showing me that it is something I can make at home. Check here to see the wonderful dishes created by my fellow Daring Cooks!