This happened in true “Ready Steady Cook” style last Sunday. There was a French rabbit in the freezer, chorizo in the fridge, a big pan and not a lot of space anywhere. Paella was the obvious choice. Fortunately, it turned out to be a tasty choice too, although its construction turned out to be quite stressful.
It should have happened like THIS. But that would be far too easy.
Problem number 1: No Paella rice. Solution - substitute Japanese sushi rice and believe it or not… it worked!
Problem number 2: No red pepper. Solution- stir in some red pepper soup and put in fresh chopped tomato for colour.
Problem number 3: No herbs. No solution to this one. I just prayed there’d be enough herbiness in the stock to make up for it.
Problem number 4: The chorizo was covered in a shrink wrap plastic that I mistook for the chorizo skin. I’d added half the chorizo before I noticed and spent a while picking plastic out of the pan.
Problem number 5: The rabbit was looking at me funny. No - not really a problem but why leave the head on the rabbit when packing it? It’s pretty useless. Isn’t that weird? Guess it isn’t in France. Also we had a freak rabbit with a disturbingly big liver.
After all that we eventually had a paella that was very nice apart from the occasional bit of chorizo plastic floating about. We paired it with a nice Rioja and some dolmades we found in the freezer.