Spain-recipes.com Newsletter, Issue #004 -- Rice dishes for the winter
November 29, 2004
Welcome back to Spain-Recipes Newsletter.
We're preparing for winter, so in this issue you'll find an article on winter rice recipes, along with some ideas on what to do in winter and Christmas holidays...
What a shame. When
people talk about rice all they think of is paella, as if there were not other
ways to prepare it. That summer paella is a tourist dish, a recipe that seems to
have invaded some cookbooks with plans to stay forever.
Besides summer rice dishes and others for any
time of year, which must not forget winter rich dishes, accompanied by seasonal
At times, when it is hard to cook and dry rice
is convenient, you can make rice with boneless cod. This is a delicious dish
prepared like paella. It is accompanied by broth made from cod or whiting.
If you prefer vegetables, you can serve rice
with cauliflower, spinach or Swiss chard. In this case it is best to mix rice
with the broth used to cook the vegetables. And if you have broth from stewed
meat, even better.
Rice with game meat, and other dishes
There are dishes prepared with game meat. One
example is venison stewed with red wine, which can be transformed into venison
Another option is rice with free-range chicken
and artichokes, or rice with stewed lamb.
Another way to enjoy rice is stew it: with
blood sausage, chorizo sausage, pork, beef, chicken, bacon, cabbage and any
other ingredient you feel like throwing into the pot. It's like a magic potion
with hundreds of possibilities, each tastier than the last.
The best thing about rice is that it goes with
anything, creating unique blends like the Cuban dish called ropa vieja, or old
clothes, tortillas, pastries. Rice is unsurpassed with a bit of paprika, garlic
and rosemary. It is easy to make. Fry the garlic and rosemary in a clay pot,
then add the rice. Then, the stewed meat and potatoes cut in thin slices. Then
cover it all with slices of ripe tomato and a sprig of rosemary. The finishing
touch will come in the oven, from which it will come out steaming. You can serve
with ali-oli, which is garlic mayonnaise. Bon appetit on these chilly days and
Black olives: Attesting to the simplicity of tapas, a handful of
marinated olives is often ample accompaniment to a glass of chilled sherry
in most Spanish tapas bars. Marinated to piquant perfection, these olives
are far from ordinary. To fully develop the flavor of garlic in the recipe,
it is best to allow the olives to marinate for at least several days before
and Shrimp paella: An efficient and delicious way to feed a hungry
family, this paella relies on condensed soup for its creamy flavour. The
chicken and shrimp contrast nicely with the sweet bell peppers, and the
delicately balanced herbs ensure that this paella will become an easy family
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