A fishful adventure

My day wasn’t a complete loss yesterday. After sleeping off my post-low migraine, Mario and I headed into the city to wander around Granville Island. We didn’t really have a reason to go beyond wanting to get out of the house, but by the time we left the great market, we had purpose: Paella.

Paella on the barbecue is like Spain on my patio!

I’ve blogged about paella a few times over the last year and a half, but seriously I cannot get enough of this stuff. I was first introduced to it when in Barcelona two years ago and fell in love with its saffron, seafood, smoked paprika goodness, and because I have a husband who loves to experiment with his cooking (or maybe he’s just forced to because I don’t cook at all), the Christmas after that trip, I bought him an authentic paella pan online, Spanish rice, smoked paprika,Β  jarred saffron, wrapped it up, and voila, the makings of paella. The perfect gift πŸ˜€ We’ve had it with seafood and with chicken and sausage, and for last night’s concoction Mario added a twist of prawns with eyeballs and cooked it on the barbecue instead of the stove. Scrumdiliumptious! And just like all the others, this one too had me dreaming of Spain: the colour yellow, gothic cathedrals, Eduardo, tiled walls, Gaudi, Las Ramblas, beer, butterflies, and one of the most beautiful languages ever.

Β‘Oh EspaΓ±a, lo hago con amor!

And because of the seafood, yesterday’s adventure turned into a fishful adventure!

Better crabs in the water than crabs clamping my fingers.

Mussels are key to a good paella.

A blowfish teapot, how brilliant is that?

We weren’t quite brave enough to do the live spot prawns…

But the dead ones, like butter!

Sorry Scully, I cannot resist: Fish heads, fish heads, eat them up yum!

So while my day started out in the crapper, it most definitely ended brilliantly, with full belly and all … although, I kind of totally screwed up the carb count for the rice and ended up with majorly high blood sugars two hours later. Oops.

Do you have a favourite meal that reminds you of past travels?

One thought on “A fishful adventure

  1. Dish looks fabulous. I can smell it from here. Are you a true Barcelonian? Did you suck the juice from the prawn heads or just toss them away? It’s the prawn’s nectar. Mmm Mmm good.

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