Quarantine Paella

~ This is Day 15 ~

It’s almost April!!! The month of March seemed like it took forever to get by. Oh my gosh… What will I do for the entirety of next month???

I’m calling this “quarantine paella” because ingredients are difficult to come by. I try to only go outside to grocery shop when I absolutely need to, i.e. when the fridge is empty. Grocery stores such as Whole Foods Market has all the basic stuff but sometimes the things that I want are out of stock. There are also limits on certain things that you’re allowed to buy. I had hoped to buy 15 lbs of AP flour today but I was only allowed to buy 1 unit, which was 5 lbs. There is no “2-day” prime delivery on Amazon anymore. Everything takes the old regular amount of time (5 business days) or now, even longer to arrive! Jeff Bezos should reimburse us with some Prime membership fees! Totally not going to happen though.

Anyway, with my limited resources and ingredients, I made this paella last night and I’m so glad that I can cook! Thinking about my friends who cannot cook as well as I do… what are they eating? All I want to do is share!! I usually make soffritto ahead of time and just keep a quart in my fridge – it’s good with everything, especially rice! But again, don’t have the excess of ingredients to do things ahead of time. I only put head-on shrimp and bay scallops in this paella, the least variety of sea creatures that I have done in my paella history.

Gambas with Fennel

There is nothing more I love to eat than head-on shrimp and Sauce Américaine. As you can see, this dish is very similar to Gambas with Fennel, almost identical, just missing two components with the addition of fennel blossoms, to give the fennel cream a little more of the fennel taste!

Here are Gambas, with a Fennel Cream, Fennel Blossoms, Saltwort, and a Sauce Américaine Foam.

Romescada

It’s snowing outside. It’s fucking freezing too. It’s unbearably chilly near my window. And all I want is this Romescada with Monkfish, Octopus, and Gambas.

Happy New Year & Happy Holidays!!!

Gamba in Sauce Américaine

There is nothing I love more than prawns and Sauce Américaine. These gambas or prawns are quite large; you can’t really tell in the photo, but they are seven to a pound.

This is one piece of Gamba in Sauce Américaine with Toasted Baguette and Micro Cilantro.

Romescada

Romescada is a rustic seafood stew from Catalan, Spain. Romescada and Romesco sauce are very similar, in ingredients, but differ in method. Romesco is typically made with fresh and dried red peppers, roasted almonds and hazelnuts, garlic, and day-old bread fried in olive oil. These ingredients are then pounded together (or whirled in a food processor), and olive oil is added until the mixture resembles a reddish mayonnaise.

Romescada is reminiscent of bouillabaisse. Often, the stew has monkfish or any other firm-fleshed white fish, such as sea bass, and any type of shellfish, bivalve, or cephalopod.

In my version, I have head-on prawns, little neck clams, and squid.