Snow and paella

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow… Like everywhere in Europe, UK has had snow. Snow brings fun and despair. Fun because it is snow! Everyone loves snow! It makes you into a child wanting to sledge, build snowmen and have snowball fights. It leads to despair because the UK can’t cope with snow and everywhere turns into turmoil – People are left rendered useless at home, not being able to go to work or school, flights cancelled and the only news is that there is snow.  I haven’t grasped the point of a journalist freezing outside in inches of snow to show that there is snow in the UK…

It snowed on Friday. My car (Mazda MX5 – I know very cool and manly) does not cope well in the snow. When I was driving into my parking space, I was redlining the car and at points my car was at 40º (very fun but at the same time terrifying). This means this week I have had to walk everywhere waiting for ice and snow to melt so I can use the car again. On Friday my girlfriend and I had a snowball fight. On the Sunday it snowed more and we made a snowman! This started off as a 4 level (4 snowballs) Snowman named Pierre.

snow4

Then Pierre lost his head and became a 3 level snowman named Claude!

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Later on even more dramatic events happened as Claude fell apart. It was nearly as sad as when the Snowman in the animation Snowman melts. Claude had to be rebuilt – His life and our excitement were counting on it. We rebuilt Claude but he had to be propped up against the wall. What snowman really wants to stand up straight when they can look hip and cool leaning on a wall? Exactly!

That was our adventure with the snow. Now it is on to walking on ice and snow because pedestrians get treated like 2nd rate citizens – the roads gritted and safe for cars but there is ice on paths for pedestrians which is dangerous. I wonder whether Europe has these problems – Feel free to answer if anyone knows

The recipe we made is in contrast to the weather, so why did we make it? We were bought a risotto/paella pan for Christmas and decided to use it for paella. We have tried to make paella before without much success but this was one was lovely and was a stripped back version in terms of seafood. Feel free to add more seafood if you like such as squid (yum – love squid *mouth drawls*)

paella

Serves: 2-3
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts, diced
Half a cooking chorizo, sliced
2 pancetta rashers, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 ltr chicken stock, infused with 1 large pinch of saffron
1 tsp smoked paprika
200g paella rice (or risotto rice)
1 handful of frozen peas
Pack of raw prawns
Half a lemon
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Method:
Heat a little olive oil in a large deep pan and fry the chicken until cooked.
Remove the chicken for later.
Add the chorizo and pancetta to the pan and fry until browned.
Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
Add the smoked paprika, rice and infused stock.
Cook on a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
Add the peas and prawns.
Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes.
Squeeze lemon juice and give a stir.
Season.

Serve!
Eat!
Enjoy!

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