Have you ever cooked Paella? If not, then now is your chance to try! If you have cooked it before, you can share your wisdom and cook along too. The idea of the Cookalong is that members cook a classic dish within a certain timescale and share their experience. Its a bit of fun and a chance to learn. The new challenge is the famous Spanish dish Paella I’ve included my seafood paella recipe in the next post as a possible starting point. I’m not claiming its ‘authentic’ - its an amalgam of various other recipes plus trial and error! Its one I’ve used for years but I vary the ingredients, sometimes leaving out the chicken, sometimes adding squid or fish. There are plenty of other recipes available. As Valencian chef Llorenç Millo observes, "paella has as many recipes as there are villages, and nearly as many as there are cooks”. Some versions contain chicken and rabbit and no seafood. There are also vegetarian/vegan versions. Paella is all about the rice (and saffron) and you need to use paella rice if you possibly can. You don’t need a specialist paella pan - any wide fairly shallow pan will suffice. For years I used a large non-stick frying pan with foil as a lid. But there is one golden rule where paella is concerned; once the stock is added to the rice it is not stirred. Its not a stir fry! The undisturbed rice should form a delicious golden, saffron flavoured crust on the bottom of the pan. This is known as the socarrat. Here are some possibly useful links: http://www.paellapans.com/tips-techniques-a/133.htm https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/18/how-to-cook-perfect-paella http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zester-daily/paella-recipe_b_3891487.html Please add your comments, photos, experiences to this thread. Provisional closing date Monday 22nd May, but we can be flexible if people haven't had time and want to participate. Please do say if you are intending to join in!