Monday, October 1, 2007
Thoughts on the Paella Party
I'm meant to be doing an essay, but Rona wants me to update, so I shall. (I was really hard to convince.)
On the Paella itself:
-Why was it so sour? Next time (or for anyone who might want to make it in the future), must make sure my tinned tomatoes are sweeter. (These ones were Ralph's generic brand, possibly stewed in Italian herbs but it's hard to remember.)
-The pans were way to full even before rice went in. Must learn about proportions.
-The rice on top was 'crispy' the rice underneath too mushy. Must make sure all of rice is covered (should be easier when there are less ingredients) and not cook for so long. Also make sure there is enough long grain rice so one does not have to resort to large random bag of japanese rice.
-The rice was not nice coloured -- must find sugar daddy to buy me saffron. Alternatively, must locate my yellow food colouring.
-At one point, tomato paste was just smeared over top of rice. Should stir the tomatoes in before putting the rice in.
-Chicken was tasteless. Must marinate properly.
-Catfish has annoying spines even in fillet, made it hard to cut. Next time may splash out and spend an extra 50c to get Talapia. Also, catfish a little fishy.
-Half a pound of unpeeled prawns were not a good idea. Next time, 1/4 of a pound will do.
-Tinned greenbeans are brown. Vile.
On the Sangria:
-The merlot (yes, it turns out Franzia does have different grapes) was too heavy, but the 'chillable' wine (aka mystery grapes?) was good.
-Added rum as it was the only available liquor in the house.
-OJ was a little sour especially with the merlot so added minute maid lemonade also. But didn't really need it for chillable wine. Maybe was just too drunk to notice taste by 2nd box?