Spanish Cooking Class with Rafaela de Cadiz:
Cost: $35 per student (includes a Paella dish and a glass of Sangria !)
RSVP: 503 284 2795 (Maximum number of students and participants is 15)
Paella is a rice dish which originated in the Spanish Autonomous Community of Valencia near lake Albufera, a coastal lagoon in eastern Spain.
Outside Spain, paella is considered one of the Spanish national dishes. Spaniards, however, consider it a Valencian dish, and Valencians often see it as one of their identity symbols.
There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco) and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta); but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat, snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood and sometimes beans.
Most Valencian chefs use Calasparra or Bomba rices for this dish. Other key ingredients include saffron, and olive oil.
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Added by freedomwine on March 10, 2009