An easy way to make everyone happy this Christmas!
Anyone hosting Christmas this year and facing a variety of dietary requirements? Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, pregnancy requirements etc etc. For a long time I was the token vegetarian (I now eat seafood which makes it a lot easier for everyone), but I know how guilty I used to feel when there was a particular dish cooked just for me, which is then usually placed right in front of me and people avoid it because ‘it’s all Nat will eat’. Yup.
So when the lovely team at Farmhouse contacted me about creating a festive recipe using some of the beautiful produce from their artisan producers (Farmhouse acts as a gateway to those producers and 90% of the money you spend goes directly to the producer – how good is that?), I wanted to create something not just festive, but easy, one-pan, and catering to an array of dietary requirements.
Enter Paella! One of my all-time-favourite dishes to cook and eat, and SUCH a crowd pleaser. I remember reading Miguel Maestre (famous Australia Spanish chef) saying that paella can have whatever you like in it and I’ve tried SO many combinations since reading that, but never one like this (although to be fair I’ve never had olives, almonds, salt or rice as delicious as these…).
And this is how easy it is…
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2 red capsicums, cut into strips
- 20 Salute Olia Chilli Olives (pitted and halved), plus 2 tbsp of the oil from the packaging.
- 1 tsp of mixed spice
- 1 tsp of sumac
- 1 cup of Twins Pantry Roasted Unsalted Almonds, roughly chopped.
- A handful (12-15) fresh French beans, trimmed and cut into halves.
- ½ a cup of fresh or frozen broad beans
- 6 cups of water or good quality, low-salt vegetable stock
- 4 cloves of Australian Garlic
- 2 ½ cups of Randall Organic Long Grain Semi-White Rice.
- 16 Australian Asparagus spears, woody ends removed.
- 2 tbsp of Camilo Lime and Chilli Olive Salt
- Lemon wedges and parsley, to serve.
- Firstly bring your stock to the boil or boil some water.
- Add the oil from your Salute Olia olives to a deep fry pan or paella pan and put in a medium-high heat (note you will need a large lid to be able to cover the dish).
- Add the red onion and capsicum to fry off until the onion begins to go translucent.
- Add the Randalls Organic rice, garlic, mixed spice and sumac and stir continuously for a minute (or until fragrant).
- Reduce to a medium head and add 2 cups of the water or stock, the french beans and the broad beans.
- Allow to cook until the liquid is almost all gone. Do not stir – you want a crust to form on the base of the dish.
- Add a further 2 cups of liquid and arrange the asparagus across the top.
- Place the lid on the pan to help steam the asparagus.
- Once the liquid has again evaporated, add another cup to the pan.
- Place the lid back on and allow the liquid to mostly evaporate again.
- Taste the rice – it should be slightly chewy, but not firm. If it’s not yet cooked, add your remaining cup of liquid (or more if required), and cook until the rice is tender.
- Serve in the pan topped with Twins Pantry Unsalted Almonds, Salute Olia Olives, Camilo Lime Chilli Olive salt, lemon wedges and fresh parsley.
I can’t tell you enough the difference the olive salt makes to the final product. Be careful not to add too much salt during the cooking stage as with the salt, olives, lemon and sweetness of the almonds at the end, the entire flavour is lifted and totally changes.
I ate this for 3 days straight after getting the recipe right and I am already planning on making it again!
This post is sponsored, but as you all know I only work with brands I truly like and support and honestly, from the bottom of my crazy heart, the items Farmhouse sent me to work with are all delicious, which is why I took a lot of the ingredients I couldn’t work into this Paella and created a breakfast recipe which I’ll share soon!
So, if you can, support the small makers this Christmas, because when you do an actual person is on the other end is proud and excited to be sending their product into your kitchen.
What could be better than that?
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