Learn how to make Paella from start to finish as well as a couple of traditional tapas dishes. Our instructor Carmen Trujillo, a native of Madrid, will be teaching how to cook a traditional Paella with local products, including rice, seafood, shellfish, chicken, vegetables and the precious Spanish saffron. You’ll help prep ingredients as we make this amazing Spanish classic national dish from start to finish. Paella is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots, we will get some of the traditional techniques that can make it elusive to master at home. How do you get that wonderfully crusty bit of rice and keep the seafood from over cooking? All will be revealed!
We will also be exploring a spanish potato soup as well as the classic tapas, Catalan Pan Tumaca (Tomato Bread) with Boquerones y Matrimonio. (Marinated Fresh Large Anchovy.) Anchovies and sardines are extremely healthy and popular in Mediterranean countries freshly grilled or marinated. They are much more sustainably fished than large fish like tuna or swordfish.
Everyone will get to try some of the paella traditional family style and get to make and eat their own tostas while learning how to make it at home! Our paella will contain shellfish & chicken.
When Carmen isn’t cooking or exploring her new barrio, she teaches Spanish at Independence Charter School in Center City. In her opinion, “it takes exactly the same time to order a pizza or heat a pre-cooked dish, than making a simple and tasty tapa. It is a healthier, fun and cheaper way to enjoy seasonal food”.