May 5, 2010

Paella....para ella!

As he cooked paella for his mother's 70th birthday on Sunday, Viktor had me going. He said paella was a contraction of the words "for her, para ella." Not quite the case! But those of us gathered on Sac Bajo on Isla Mujeres for the feast did not question the chef.
Viktor kept it all under wraps! After I was drawn to the scent of olive oil and garlic, I got a peek! That was it.

A brother helped him carry it out when it was done, and Mami was impressed! We all were.

It was a real sight!
With a lot of Spanish chorizo, crabs, clams, shrimp, langostinos, chicken....rice. Did I mention the saffron? Saffron! It was delicious! Thank you Viktor, thank you Mami Maria for inviting us to share your birthday. Gracias a todo familia!
Johanna had never had paella before. She loved it! It was indeed very good! Well made by a man who often cooks for friends in Mexico City.


Jane said...

Lucky you. I've had authentic paella only once. So delicious. A man I used to work with made it. He was originally from Equador.

Jackie said...

That not only sounds good but looks great!

Moongrl722 said...

WOW!! That looks like something I'd dream of!!!