I've been inspired over the past few months by food bloggers like Jack, so one of my
many resolutions in 2014 is to be more food savvy - wasting less and shopping smarter. Liam is great at picking up bargains in the reduced section on our shop, so as a result our freezer usually well stocked up with cut price pork chops and fish fillets, yum!
This week, I was feeling a little uninterested in what I was putting on my plate, but a spontaneous paella made with bits and pieces I found in my cupboards has definitely reignited my love of cooking! It's dead easy, and relatively cheap if you're flexible to use what you have. With no further ado, you will need...
You will need:
1 chorizo sausage
1 pack of mixed shellfish (I used prawns, mussels and squid rings)
250g paella rice
500ml chicken stock
A cup of frozen peas
A handful of cherry tomatoes
- Fry off the chorizo sausage to release the oils. Add the paella rice and stir to coat the oils.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the peas, seafood and cherry tomatoes.
- Simmer until the paella rice has absorbed the stock - this will take around 15 minutes. You can add a dash of water if the rice begins to stick!
- Add a dash of white wine if you have any left in the fridge, and serve with a slice of lemon.
I don't want to claim that everyone just has squid rings and chorizo knocking around in their fridge, but you can substitute shellfish for chicken, or even sausages and chickpeas for a meatier version.
Let me know how you get on, I hope you like it as much as I did!