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A New Year, A New Start - A Spanish Meal's Recipes

Saturday, 3 January 2009

8 months into blogging and finally today I figured out a solution to my somewhat blurry low-resolution pictures. For the past 8 months, I've been uploading pictures straight from my computer to my posts and I always wonder why the pictures in my blog look somewhat different from the ones in my computer. And why do people have such lovely non-blurry pictures on their blogs. For awhile I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me and it was just all in my mind. But after I figured out that solution, everything became clear - yes Blogger compressed all my pictures! And yes, I am a bit the your pictures from Flickr! Yes, I have to admit that I am really slow at this, but better than not realising it =P

Chicken Paella

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  • 300g Paella Rice
  • 100g Chorizo - sliced
  • 1 large Onion - diced
  • A few strands Saffron
  • 3 cloves Garlic - crushed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper - diced
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes - cut into halves
  • 1 cup Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • 1/3 cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 1/3 cups Chicken Stock (low sodium)
  • Salt (optional)


  • Place chicken pieces under the broiler and broil until browned.
  • Flip and continue broiling until browned.
  • Drain oil and leave aside for later use.
  • Place chorizo slices into a heated large non-stick pan.
  • Add onions and fry.
  • When onions are soft and translucent, add bell peppers, garlic and saffron. Stir fry for about 2 mins.
  • Mix in paella rice and fry until rice is translucent.
  • Pour in white wine and cherry tomatoes, leave to cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Add chicken stock. Stir to mix.
  • Arrange chicken pieces on rice and pour in frozen mixed vegetables, leave to simmer until liquid is absorbed or until rice is cooked. Add more stock if rice not thoroughly cooked.
  • Stir occasionally as the sides won't cook as fast as the middle since it's a large pan.
  • Optional step: Turn up the heat and continue cooking for about 5-10 mins. This leaves a slightly burnt layer of rice at the bottom which I enjoy eating =)
  • Add salt to taste. It was tasty enough without extra salt!

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelette)

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  • 1 large Onion - diced
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 200g Potatoes - large cubes
  • 5 eggs - beaten
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Sweat onions until soft and translucent. Place aside for later use.
  • Heat up oil and butter in another pan, fry potatoes.
  • Mix onions and potatoes in a non-stick pan with a little bit of oil.
  • Season beaten eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in beaten eggs. Switch to low heat.
  • Do not stir immediately and leave eggs to settle.
  • As the eggs begin to settle, use a spatula/ flat wooden spoon, push the eggs towards the center while tilting the pan to distribute runny parts. Continue this until eggs stop flowing.
  • Turn over and cook the other side.

Mushrooms with Chorizo

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  • 500g Close Cup Mushrooms - sliced
  • 90g chorizo
  • 4 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 1/3 cup Dry White Wine.
  • 1 handful Parsley - finely chopped


  • Place chorizo slices into a heated large non-stick pan.
  • When oil is released and chorizos are browned, add in garlic and fry until fragrant.
  • Add in mushrooms and white wine. Leave to cook until soft and liquid is absorbed.
  • Mix in parsley and serve.

21 oink oinks...:

Anonymous said...

Why do so many English language recipes for paella call for chorizo? I've never eaten a paella in Spain with chorizo in it. Chicken, rabbit, seafood paellas, yes, lots of them, but no chorizo. Chorizo would overwhelm the flavour of any paella.

The potato omelet looks really good. But it'd use a lot more oil than 1 tbsp to fry the potatoes in, olive oil only no butter. In bars and restaurants potatoes are boiled mostly but I prefer the homemade flavour of deep fried potatoes in olive oil.

pigpigscorner said...

It's just a little twist to traditional paellas. I love the spicy and smoked flavour that it adds to the dish. And I love eating chorizos =)

Yeap I prefer them fried as well. And I find it more flavourful with that hint of buttery flavour. I used a non-stick pan to fry the potatoes so I guess I could get away with a little less oil.

Jessie said...

Oh my goodness, this all looks amazing! Especially that paella. Wowee. :D

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Hayley said...

That tortilla looks to die for. The crispy edges are making me drool. Thanks for the post, and wonderful pictures!

Steven Goh said...

The Chicken Paella looks yummy, it actually looks like Tandoori Chicken also. Excellent recepie, too bad I don't have time to cook, I rather buy and dine at the restaurant.

gaga said...

What a wonderful spanish feast! I love paella and just had some last night! Yours looks great.

Kevin said...

That looks really tasty!

SusanQ said...

Everything in your New Year's meal looks wonderful to me!

Jon Looi said...

congratulate on 8 mths of food blogging....

food blogging never be easy....

as on photo uploaded to blogger, ya.. they did help u to compress them, but u can choose to use the original photo, but the draw back would be slow loading time of your blog.

As of flickr, it equipped auto sharpen feature where all the photo uploaded will auto sharpen, try one to believe.

btw.... nice blog u have.... I am Jon

Jon Looi said...

btw.. trying to get hold of you, can u drop me a line at Thanks.

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments! Very much appreciated =)

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Jon, thanks for letting me know! Didn't know blogger has that function but I don't think I can put up with slow loading time.

I'll stick with flickr for the time being for its awesome auto-sharpen feature =D

LyB said...

Both the paella and the potato omelet look fantastic. I've never had either but I think making some will be one of my New Year's resolution! :)

pigpigscorner said...

I love paella, very satisfying and delicious! Make some and tell me how it goes!

Olga said...

Love paella! I've never made it, though. Yours looks great.

Munira said...

mmm that paella looks sinful! speaking of which, I'm restricted from eating pork so can anyone suggest a substitute for Chorizo? Does non-pork Chorizo exist?

pigpigscorner said...

Olga: Thanks! Try it someday, it's really easy and tasty!

Munira: This is the first time I put chorizo in this dish as I like the spicy and smoked flavours of chorizo. But for subs of chorizo, apparently there's a soy version - Soyrizo. Or merguez as it's quite spicy. Other than that, I'm not sure as I am not very familiar with all the sausages. Maybe you could ask your butcher for something spicy and smokey. Let me know about your hunt!

Snooky doodle said...

Wow amazing dishes I love the tortilla . Have to try this one too :)

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks Snooky doodle! I love tortilla too, very satisfying and tasty!

Wild Boar said...

We ate quite a lot of tortilla espanolas when we were holidaying in Spain, but I honestly feel your version is nicer. Maybe also since we ate it fresh from the stove :-)

Ruth said...

Amazing Spanish recipes! Saving this!

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