This weekend was moderately successful, as measured by the goals I set for myself on Friday. I did accomplish 1) watching the Office, and 5) doing some major spring cleaning (it is insane how many opened ketchup bottles were sitting in our fridge). Goals 2-4 were unfortunately not attained. Still no couch for the porch, Steve dominated me at Mario Kart Wii, and I didn’t really think at all about my hair this weekend. I blame laziness.
I also blame it on the fact that Steve and I went to see a television taping on Friday night. You can read more about that on my husband’s blog here. Suffice it to say, it’s a show that involves an 80’s superstar with massive biceps, and an event called the Eliminator. Yeah, we go on crazy dates sometimes.
I also did some cooking this weekend, and made paella for the first time. Paella is a Spanish rice dish that gets it’s name from the Valencian term for frying pan. Typically, saffron is a key ingredient in paella, but since I didn’t have any saffron around, I sort of improvised the spices. It was delicious, and made about a week’s worth of meals for us. Try it, and let me know what you think!
Chicken and Shrimp Paella
4 cups chicken broth
2 1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
1 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 large green pepper, julienned
3 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cups frozen peas
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
In a saucepan, combine broth, rice, onion, half of the garlic, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the green pepper, onions, parsley, thyme, hot pepper sauce and remaining garlic in oil for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms. Cook until green pepper is crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and peas; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Add rice mixture to vegetable mixture and kep warm. In a nonstick skillet, cook and stir shrimp in lemon juice for 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook until chicken is no longer pink and shrimp has turned pink, about 3-5 minutes. Add to rice mixture; toss. Serves 10-12.