12 Days of Spain – Day 5

On the 5th day of Spain, my trule love gave to me…..paella!

Food! A fun part of a new adventure is trying new food.

photo from canelakitchen.blogspot.com

photo from canelakitchen.blogspot.com

Some kiddos are more adventuresome when it comes to food that others. It is great to show them food ahead of time. Talk about the ingredients – especially the ones that they eat at home. They’ll experience the smells and texture BEFORE you get there. Some love to help make it. Put it on their plate and let them get used the idea even if all they do is give it a tiny taste.

Picky eaters? Try this before the trip:

Put yellow food coloring in rice. Talk about how rice can be served in all colors. Let them smell, touch, etc. Even if they won’t eat it they’ll be less likely to flip out when they see it in Spain.

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What makes the rice in paella yellow? A spice called saffron.

photo credit: dirtdoctor.com

photo credit:
dirtdoctor.com

Saffron is a really cool spice that come from the crocus flower and it is the most expensive spice in the world. Why? Well, the spice is those little stick pieces (the stigma – and only the 3 female stigmas per flower are used) in the center of the flower. They must be hand picked.

photo credit: thekitchenhotline.com

photo credit: thekitchenhotline.com

Paella information:

1) Paella takes about an hour to make and is a large portion – usually ordered by at least 2 people. If your restaurant can get you paella quickly….it isn’t fresh, but premade and reheated.

2) There are 3 types of paella: Valencian paella, seafood paella, and mixed paella.

Valencian:

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This dish was born in Valencia in the 19th century. It will have white rice, green veggies, beans, and a meat. Meat can be anything from rabbit to snails!

Seafood:

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No beans or veggies and the meat is….wait for it…..seafood!

Mixed:

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This can be any combination of the above!

See if your city has a Spanish restaurant that serves paella. Try it before you go. Then compare the two!

Happy travels and memory making!

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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