Thursday, January 26, 2012

Weeknight Paella

The Sofrito

After the Holidays, I usually scour the grocery to see what is on sale. At my local Kroger, I found some frozen packages of BEAUTIFUL shrimp. I scooped up two packages and threw them in the freezer waiting for a perfect dinner inspiration.

Looking through the freezer a few nights ago I spied those shrimp, some frozen (sorry my friends in France) well as some random chicken pieces. You know where this is heading, right? Paella!
But where did my favorite recipe go? I have been making this for years, I got if off the Weber Grill site. Now that the dinner was planned the recipe was no where to be found. I started searching on the luck. I typed in the gent who presented the recipe, Mr. Jamie Purvaiance. Still no luck, only a link where I could buy his book.
I finally stumbled on WeberNation, right where I left it when I lived in France. Now I'm cookin'!
The finished dish

If you do take a look at the little video, you will notice he prepares the Paella on the Weber. We have done this many times. Winter in Kentucky, a mild winter it is right now....still didn't tempt me outdoors to the BBQ. I made it on the hob and I must say, it was a great success! Moral to the story, shop the sales at the grocery and get a bit more organized with those old recipe files and links!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 the house!

One product I have been missing since moving back to the states has been Brick pastry. I have shopped all specialty markets, made trips up to Jungle Jim's, the foodie paradise in Cincy, to no avail!

I had just found Puy Lentils on Amazon and decided to give them another gander. Low & Behold, they were available from a place that imports. I'm always surprised that the world gets a little smaller thanks to the Internet! Two packages of 10 Bricks to an order, long shelf life. But, very expensive. I still decided that I wanted to relive some of those fantastic recipes that I had collected from my years in France, and bought them. They arrived, and the family was very happy!

I really didn't have a recipe when I made Sunday lunch. It was a concoction of what was leftover in the fridge. So, mushrooms, cooked chicken, green onions and some cheddar cheese went into the Brick. So paper thin, just like I remembered! It is a real pleasure to work with this pastry. Rolled them up, brushed with olive oil and they baked up very quick. Some of you might ask if you can sub Filo pastry for the Brick, and yes, of course you can.

I had some Haloumi cheese in the fridge, fried that up with a little olive oil. Served with a little baby spinach and fresh strawberries and Sunday lunch was served. Thanks Amazon!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Anybody out there?

I know it has been a long time since I last blogged! Moving, full-time job, well, it just took the wind out of my creative sail. Armed with a new oven, lots of time and a new camera, I am starting to feel the urge to get back into some sharing.
More than likely, I need to update my 'look'.....but for now, just checking to see if anybody is 'out there'.