Monday, October 15, 2007

Barcelona Cooking Class

Teacher Bego Sanchis at Cook and Taste Cooking School in Barcelona

I attended a few cooking classes in Barcelona. I believe Cook and Taste was the best one.

We learned to make Paella. It was surprising to me that rice used for paella have to be short grained rice. The name of traditionally used rice is called "BOMBA" and they are very expensive. I really think it makes big difference in texture. I never saw it in the US before so I brought it back from Spain. It was very difficult for me to find Bomba in Barcelona. I went to 3 regular super market but I couldn't find it. I finally went to a gourmet food shop in El Corte Ingles to find it.
For some reasons, Japanese people believes that we have to use long grained lice for paella and Pilaf. We Japanese tend to think short grain lice is the sticky kind of rice often used for sushi. But their is a few types of non sticky short grain rice variety such as Bomba and Arborio.
I usually keep at least 5 kind of rice. Right now I have 1) Koshikikari (considered best variety of Japanese rice) 2) Arborio (for risotto) 3) Bosmati 4) Jasmin 5) Broken Jasmin (for Porridge) 6) Bomba.
While I was in Barcelona, I also purchased paella pan. I bought one for 2 people and one for 4-5 people. They were very reasonable costing under 5 euro each. Only problem was it was hard to carry them home...

I used it a few times already.....

Here is the recipe for perfect paella recipe. I changed the recipe from Cook and Taste Cooking School little...

PAELLA DE MARISCO (seafood paella)

Ingredients (4 servings)

8 Prawns
2 Squids (or cuttlefish) -cleaned and cut into rings
1 Pound total of Clams and / or Mussels
2 or 3 cloves of Garlic - peeled and crushed
1 Tomato. - peeled and minced
6 Tablespoons of olives oil (not virgin)
1 Pound of Bomba rice ( or non-sticky short grain rice)
4 1/2 cup of fish stock
8-10 saffrons

Heat the oil in the pan and fry the prawns until slightly browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Add the tomato in the same hot oil and fry them till they become one over low heat (20 minuets) Add garlic and fry some more. Add saffron.

Stir in the stock and bring it to a boil. Add the rice and distribute it evenly. RICE CAN'T BE TOUCHED beyond the point! Cook it over medium heat.

Put All the seafood including prawns on top nicely.

Cook it over medium heat for 8 minutes rotating and swirling the pan to distribute the heat evenly. Reduce heat to minimum and cook 10 more minutes.

Let it stand for about 5 minutes covered with foil before serving.


David said...

Very nice! I'm currently in Barcelona as well and just learned how to make paella. Where did you get your paella pan? I'd love to buy one while I'm here but I don't quite know where to look.

Chie Iyama Joergensen said...

Sorry I cannot remember the name of the store but I bought Paelleras El Cid pans (traditional steel version) from local cookware / hardware store in Barcelona.