Recipes

Seafood paella

Ingredients

  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 red peppers
  • 200 ml olive oil
  • 750 g monkfish, from sustainable sources
  • 500 g squid, cleaned, from sustainable sources
  • 125 g mussels, debearded, from sustainable sources
  • 125 g clams, debearded, from sustainable sources
  • 1 kg calasparra or bomba paella rice
  • 1 large pinch of saffron
  • 1 tesapoon paprika
  • 8 large prawns, from sustainable sources
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • PRAWN STOCK
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • shells and heads from 30 large prawns (ask your fishmonger for these), from sustainable sources
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • 2 litres organic fish stock
  • SOFRITO
  • 3 large onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon papriks
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 6 ripe tomatoes

Method

  1. Start by making the stock. Peel and roughly chop the onion, then peel the garlic, keeping them whole.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, paprika, bay leaves and prawn shells and heads for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the wine and fish stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until it starts to reduce.
  4. Strain through a colander into a large jug and set aside until needed (when you come to make the paella, just reheat the stock until hot, but not boiling).
  5. For the sofrito, peel and dice the onions and garlic, then add to a large frying pan over a medium-low heat with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the paprika. Fry for 7 to 8 minutes, or until softened and golden.
  6. Pour in the wine and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, then coarsely grate in the tomatoes, discarding the skins. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Lower the heat and simmer for another 30 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened into a lovely sauce. Transfer to a bowl until ready to use.
  8. To make the paella, deseed and roughly chop the peppers. Cut the monkfish into large chunks, then slice the squid. Wash the mussels and clams thoroughly, discarding any that remain open when tapped.
  9. Heat half of the olive oil in a large paella pan over a medium heat and cook the peppers for 5 minutes, until softened. Transfer to a separate bowl with a slotted spoon. Set aside.
  10. Add the monkfish to the pan, season generously and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender. Set aside in a bowl.
  11. Throw the squid into the pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then tip it into the bowl with the monkfish. Set aside until ready to use.
  12. Add the remaining oil to the pan, scatter in the rice in an even layer and sauté over a medium heat, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until the rice is golden.
  13. Stir the sofrito into the rice and cook for 2 minutes, then add the hot prawn stock and bring the mixture to the boil for another 2 minutes.
  14. Sprinkle the saffron and paprika over the rice, reduce the heat to low and simmer, without stirring, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until all the liquid has almost been absorbed.
  15. Arrange the peppers, monkfish, squid, prawns, mussels and clams evenly around the top of the paella. Cook for about 8 minutes, turning the prawns halfway through, or until the mussels and clams have opened (discard any that don’t) and the prawns are cooked.
  16. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil, cover the pan with tin foil and a few clean tea towels and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Source: http://www.jamieoliver.com/

 

Spanish tortilla

Ingredients

  • 300 g waxy potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • olive oil
  • 5 large free-range eggs

Method

  1. Peel the potatoes using a speed-peeler, then carefully cut them into thin slices. Pat the potato slices dry with a clean tea towel.
  2. Peel and finely slice the onion. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil into a small frying pan over a medium heat, then add the onion and potatoes.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the onions are turning golden and the potato slices are cooked through. Try not to stir it too much or the potatoes will break up – just use a fish slice to flip them over halfway through.
  4. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, season with a tiny pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then whisk together with a fork.
  5. When the onions and potatoes are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and carefully tip them into the eggs. Transfer the mixture back into the frying pan and place it over a low heat. Cook for around 20 minutes, or until there’s almost no runny egg on top.
  6. Use a fish slice to slightly lift and loosen the sides of the tortilla. Carefully flip the pan over a dinner plate and tip out the tortilla, then slide it back into the pan and cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  7. Turn out the tortilla onto a serving board, then cut into 6 wedges and serve hot or cold with a simple green salad.

Source: http://www.jamieoliver.com/

 

Crema Catalana

Ingredients

  • 500 ml whole milk
  • ½ an orange
  • ½ a lemon
  • ½ a stick of cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 7 large free-range egg yolks
  • 95 g sugar, plus extra to serve
  • 1 heaped tesapoon cornflour

Method

  1. Put the milk, orange and lemon zest and cinnamon in a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and add this too, then gently bring to the boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornflour until pale and creamy.
  4. Pass the milk through a sieve and discard everything else, then return the milk to the pan and place over a medium heat.
  5. Just before it reaches boiling point, slowly add the egg mixture, whisking continuously for about 7 minutes, or until it begins to thicken and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  6. Remove it from the heat and pour into individual dishes or ramekins.
  7. Cover each serving with a disc of greaseproof paper to prevent a skin from forming, and let it cool before placing in the fridge.
  8. To serve, remove the greaseproof paper, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each crema and caramelise using a blowtorch. Alternatively, place the sugared cremas on a tray under a preheated gas grill for a few minutes, until the sugar turns dark brown. Allow the sugar to harden, then serve immediately.

Source: http://www.jamieoliver.com/