Today, I had the luxury to stay home and cook for Sabrina. In between work and doing other stuff, I managed to squeeze this in. She loves Black Paella. I normally serve this with fried calamari rings with aioli.
You can also cook this at home. It basically takes less than 30 minutes to cook this. Follow the instructions and I think you'll be able to get it right even on the first try...
Here we go....
Place 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a small paellera. Saute chopped onion on medium heat until fragrant and translucent.
Add about 1 Tbsp chopped garlic. Saute until fragrant. Make sure not to brown the garlic. This will make your paella taste bitter.
Add 1 cup of rice. I used Japanese rice. Saute for about 3-5 minutes.
Add this... black ink paste. You can purchase this in gourmet delis. I used 1 1/2 Tbsp because I like my paella really deep black in colour.
Stir black ink with the rice. Stir well so that the rice will be evenly coated with the black colour.
Here's what it should look like after stirring for a minute or so.
Use chicken or seafood stock for the liquid. The proportion is 2 1/2 cups of liquid for 1 cup of rice.
Stir well and bring to a gentle simmer.
Cover with a foil. Bring the heat to low and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.
Here's the finished product! After 20 minutes, this is how it will look like. If you want the color to be darker, you may add another 1/2 tbsp of black ink.
You'll know when the paella is ready when the rice is cooked through so don't be afraid to taste it. Cook it a little longer if you want the bottom part to be a bit toasted. When it's ready, remove the pan from heat and keep it covered until you're ready to serve this.
That's it! It's really easy. Well, I'm about to eat lunch with Sabrina already. We're ready to fry the calamari. Happy lunch to everyone!!!
I technically have 30 days to go! I'm so excited but at the same time pressured. So many things to do with so little time. All I can say for now is that I'm up for the challenge!!! Here we go.... I will try to document this as much as I can. 30 days 'til opening!!!
This is what I'm sure of. I've finally chosen the logo for my new baby...😄
We ate in a restaurant in Bali called IIGA WARUNG. They specialize in barbecue ribs. The ribs came with rice topped with some fried shallots. It was really good. The ribs were tender and doused in BBQ sauce. The sauce was sweet with a little bit of spice.
We also tried their spring rolls and mee goreng. The mee goreng was good too.
I liked it that they would serve a plate of prawn crackers together with their special BBQ sauce while we wait for our orders
We were so hungry I think we had 3 plates of prawn crackers!
Here's one place that I truly enjoyed in Bali...Crispy Duck. Our tour guide told us that duck is very popular here in Bali so we had him take us to a restaurant that has very good crispy duck.
The name of the restaurant is Bebek Tepi Sawah.
We just ordered the crispy duck and it came with rice and string beans cooked with coconut milk.
I truly enjoyed the crispy duck and it was really crispy. Even the bone was crispy. As is, it's good already. I tried it though with a sauce made with shallots, tomato, and I think lemon grass and chopped garlic and oil. The other sauce was sambal. Then they also have the sweet soy sauce...kecap manis. It was good too.
I enjoyed my meal with freshly squeezed lime juice. Yummy!
Across the restaurant too is a building filled with everything you could think of for pasalubong! So after your meal, you can walk across to do some souvenir shopping.
Last Friday, I went to the Anniversary party of BREAKFAST MAGAZINE. My friend Angelo Comsti invited me to come along with him. The party started late but it was fun. They had games and gave away a lot of prizes...I felt like I was at a children's party. Actually, it really is the first birthday of their precious baby...fruit of their love and lots of hard labor....so for that, I congratulate the makers of Breakfast Magazine! I wish you more success!!!
I was lucky too that I won a 1 year subscription! I am looking forward to receiving my issues in the mail :-)
Lunch was served in between the games. We had Caesar Salad,
For dessert, we had some bars...carrot cake,
Congratulations again and looking forward to what they have in store this year!!!
Valentine's Day is a few days away. Here are the items we have at Goodies N' Sweets. I know you can always make these on your own but if you don't have time, you can always order from us. Here's what we have...do order soon if you need some. Here are our contact numbers... San Antonio Plaza Arcade +63922.8757517, Shangri-la Branch 02.6830411, +639228757513.
Its easier for me to be a cook than to be a baker. i say this because i can easily whip up anything from a set of ingredients to make simple meals but with baking, i need to be more scientific. i need to measure ingredients properly to come up with a good product. but i love baking so much that until now, i have not stopped creating products for my shop called Goodies N' Sweets. In this blog, i wish to share recipes that i have whipped up, tried from a book or an idea that came to mind. i wish to share my experiences being in the food industry as a consultant,critic, columnist, caterer, instructor and so on . so here's a peek into a life of good food! Acknowledgement to Ocs Alvarez and YUMMY MAGAZINE for my photo