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Paella and (Fuente Mágica de Montjuic)

12 Jul

Paella is a famous main course food from spain. The appearance resembles quite a bit like Italian risotto or an Indian Biriyani, although the ingredients and the variety of rice used in these dishes are different. I have tried Paella with chicken and veggie paella. But today’s post is SEAFOOD Paella.

Paella is actually the name of the pan used to make this preparation. There are different names such as Paella valencian, Paella verduros that differentiate the types and ingredients used in it. I have a used a normal pan for making this, but Spanish like to use the traditional Paella pan. The ingredients for this sea food paella is simple, but it tastes really delicious.

A click on menu board of the road side bar….You can see Paella in there and almost every restaurant has it in their menu card.

Here is the recipe…

Ingredients:

  1. Bomba Rice –  3oo gms
  2. Fish stock – 400 ml
  3. Water – 200 ml
  4. Salmon – 250 gms, cleaned and cut in to pieces
  5. King prawns – 100 gms
  6. Olive oil – 2 Tsp
  7. Garlic – 5 flakes, minced
  8. Chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp
  9. Red Bell Pepper – 1
  10. Onion – 1, finely chopped
  11. Tomatoes – 2 , finely chopped
  12. Peas – 1/4 cup (frozen green peas)
  13. Orange food color a pinch or saffron a little
  14. Salt for taste

Method:

1.  Add the oil to the hot pan. Add the onions and garlic and saute it till golden brown color.

2. Add the tomatoes and cook it for approx 5 min, till the tomatoes are smashed and cooked.

3. Now add the bell pepper ,peas , food color, chilli flakes,salt and mix it up. Add the rice and nicely coat it with the ingredients in the pan for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the fish stock and let it cook for 10 minutes. At later point in time you can add the water and let it cook for another 1o minutes in slow flame. (when you cook in a flat pan, there is no extra space to add all the liquid together. So add it time to time)

5. Now the rice is almost done. Add the fish pieces and prawns to the rice and cook for another 5 minutes.

Tip :

1. Add the favorite seafood of your choice. You can show your creativity in this dish very well. Just add the vegetables , seafood and meat and make it look colorful.  Instead of fish stock, you can also try with chicken stock.

2. For vegetarian version, just replace seafood and add veggies of your choice,  some legumes of your choice and use vegetable stock.

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In my previous posts, I have been sharing my Barcelona vacation experience and some of the pictures. On this series today, I am going to add a little bit about this famous Magic Fountain in Barcelona.

Fuente Mágica de Montjuic — The Magic fountain of Barcelona

Tremendous colorful water fountain which dances beautifully along with music. It is simply amazing and a great pleasure to watch this wonderful fountain. Anyone who like to enjoy their evening and would like to have a pleasant feeling , I would definitely recommend this fountain as one of the best attractions one should visit. The musical fountain is seeasonal and opened every day from 10Pm to 11.30pm.

Some of the pictures………

Entrance to this fountain

Look at the powerful flash lights behind the building focussing to the sky.


One of the better way for sight seeing in Barcelona is to choose the Open top  touristic Bus. One can able to complete almost all the places in a day or two. This Bus exactly takes the visitor in front of the attractions and the visitor can decide to hop off and hop on at their favorite attractions.

Thanks for taking time to read the story. Okey….Thats all about my vacation experiences  Barcelona. I would like to say Adios  (Bye) to spain at this moment and my next posts will resume with other cusinies.

 

Spanish Tapas

29 Jun

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Aioli

We wanted to try our first Tapa in Spain, but had no idea before about tapas. There were lot of small retaurants in Barcelona on the road side which were named as Bars. We tried our first tapas in one of these Restaurant. Tapas is a small sized snack and can be had before meal or along with meal.  Tapas can be had as  starter or an appetizer. Spanish Omelette and Garlic shrimp is among  the popular Tapas .

The two dishes which I have posted here is nearly same, only the sauce topping is different. Patatas Bravas is topped with tomato puree sauce and Patatas alioli is topped with Mayonnaise sauce. Bravas and Alioli  where tasting great with the fried potatoes.

Ingredients for the potato base:

  1. Potato – 3 medium, peeled and cut in to bite size pieces
  2. Olive oil – 5 Tbs
  3. Garlic – 5 cloves, minced
  4. Salt for the potatoes

For Bravas sauce :

  1. Olive oil – 1tsp
  2. Tomato puree – 1/2 cup
  3. Chilli flakes – 1/2 tsp
  4. Salt a little
  5. Oregano – 1/2  tsp, dried

For Aioli sauce: Mayonnaise sauce

  1. Egg yolk – 1
  2. Olive oil – 1/2 cup or any vegetable oil
  3. Lemon juice – 1 Tbs
  4. Salt – 1/4 tsp

Method for potato base:

1. Add the oil to the hot pan and shallow fry the potatoes. Add salt and garlic and cook till the potatoes are soft. approx 15 – 20 min.

( You can also serve the potatoes at this point. It tastes wonderful.)

Method for Bravas sauce:

1. Add oil to the hot pan and add tomato puree, chili flakes and salt and let it cook for 15 minutes. Cover it with lid and cook.

2. Add the oregano when it is done.

Method for Aioli sauce : Mayonnaise sauce

1. Add the egg yolk and start whisking, slowly add the oil and continue. Add the lemon juice and salt and do whisking .

you can see the sauce gets thickening . you can also refrigerate it and use it later.

Tip: Adding more olive oil may sometimes makes the sauce bitter. So it is better to add few spoons of olive oil and remaining with vegetable oil.

 
 

Magdalenas – Spanish Cuppy Cake & (Gl’ories Torre Agbar)

22 Jun


Magdalenas are Spanish tea cakes which has a fresh lemon flavour and medium sweetness. I have been fond of these Magdalenas, when I first tasted here in German ALDI shop. The following recipe yields 10 cup cakes.

Ingredients:

  1. All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup
  2. Egg – 1
  3. Sugar – 1/2 Cup
  4. Milk – 1/4 cup
  5. Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
  6. Margarine – 3 Tbs
  7. Lemon peels – 1 Tbs
  8. A little Sugar for sprinkling

Method:

1. Add the egg to a bowl and beat it with a whisker. Add the margarine to it and mix it well.

2. Add the sugar , baking powder, milk, lemon peel and flour to the above mixture slowly and mix it well.

3. Spoon this mixture to a muffins tin. Fill up only 3/4, as it would puff it up to full after baking. Now sprinkle little sugar crystals on top of the cup cakes.

4. Preheat the oven and bake it for 20 minutes at 180 C.

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Gl’ories Torre Agbar

This Akbar tower is one of the tourist attraction and it is the 3rd largest buildings in Barcelona. It houses many offices and luxury Hotels. This building looks adorable in the night, when it is illuminated by the 4500 LED lights which is attached to its glass wall.

We saw it only in the day time. But we did see the night view pictures of this Akbar building. The most prominent color was blue and red. If you are visitng Barcelona just dont miss this massive building.


 
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Empanadas & L ‘aqu’arium

16 Jun

Empanadas is a Spanish Stuffed pie. Usually stuffed with Meat,  Chicken, Seafood potatoes and other vegetables. It is also spread over other countries like Argentina, chile, Mexico, US to name a few.

I have done this empanadas with complete variation from selection of flour for dough, to the stuffing.

Ingredients:

For Stuffing

  1. Chicken – 250gms , cut in to small bite size pieces
  2. Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  3. Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  4. Onion – 1 medium ,finely chopped
  5. Tomato – 1, finely chopped
  6. Bell Pepper – 1 cup , cut in to small bite size pieces
  7. Mushroom – 1/2 cup, cut in to bite size  pieces
  8. Oil – 1 Tbs
  9. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  10. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  12. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  13. Coriander leaves – 2 Tbs finely chopped
  14. Salt for taste
  15. Cheese – to add it with  stuffing while assembly

For dough

  1. Wheat flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  3. Salt a little
  4. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  5. Margarine – 2 Tbs

Stuffing                                                                                                                                              & Assembly

Method:

1. For the stuffing add oil to the hot pan. Add the Onion and saute it till golden brown color. Add Ginger garlic paste followed by chicken.

2. After adding the chicken saute it for 2 min. Add the spice powder turmeric, chilli, coriander and garam masala powder. Add the salt and mix it up.

3. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until it becomes soft and mashable. Add the vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes.

4. Add the chopped coriander leaves and the stuffing is done.

5.  Now make the dough. Add all the ingredients under dough and mix it well to make a soft dough.

6. Dust a little of flour to the rolling board and roll the dough in to approx 2 -3 cm thickness of desired shape.  In the center add the stuffing and cheese.Finally fold it at the edges.

7. Preheat the oven at bake it for 20 min at 180 C in the medium rack.

8. When it is done cut in to pieces and serve it warm.

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L Aquarium – Europe’s Largest Aquarium.

This is one of the famous attractions of Barcelona. Located in the Port Vell and has a 80m long underwater tunnel with different sea water species. When you travel with kids this is the amazing place to take them and make them enjoy. The entrance fee is 22Euros fo

Some pictures of the Aquarium.



I don’t know this guys name.This was one among many fishes.

Cuttle Fish also called as Sea Chameleon. It has the capability to change its color when needed.

Sea Horse. The female deposit the eggs to the males pouch, and the male seahorse fertilize the eggs .(wikipedia)

Anemones. There were different colorful ones. A few of them……..

Dont eat me, I am poisonous. (This was the tag on the information board for this fish)

Sting Ray.

This guy was the main attraction there. There were 3 of them I could count, really large ones.

The very next building to this aquarium is the IMAX 3D. As we have already watched IMAX 3D movies many times in our place, we did n’t visit this time in Barcelona.

 

Churros & Estadi Olimpic

13 Jun

Churros is a Spanish light sweet Savoury dish available in Spanish cafe’s.  It is usually served during breakfast or dinner. There can be quite a few variations  made in this dish, although the shape of the Churros maintained like ridges.  The variations can be  from  selection of flour( either All purpose flour or Wheat flour) to which oil is used to fry. Finally the savoury can be sprinkled with sugar or served with hot chocolate sauce.

Churros are also available in other countries like Cuba, Brazil ,peru, Chile ,Mexico ,Argentina with slight variations as it filled with caramel, chocolate and vanilla. (Wikipedia)

I used All purpose flour, Canola oil and Sugar for sprinkling. Tastes like doughnut. Soft and slight crispy, should be served warm.

Here is the Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. All purpose flour – 1 cup
  2. Boiling hot water – 1,  3/4 cup
  3. Salt – 1/4 tsp
  4. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  5. Canola Oil – 200 ml
  6. Sugar – 5 Tbs

Method:

1. Mix the Flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl with the help of spatula to make a dough which is sticky.

2. In a small pan heat the oil. Fill the dough in a pastry bag and using star shaped nostril pipe the dough slowly in to the oil.

3. Fry for approx 5 min by turning to other side or until it becomes golden brown color.

4. Once it is done, sprinkle sugar on top of the Churros as it settles on the ridges.

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Estadi Olimpic — Olympic Stadium.

In last few posts, I have been covering the some of the Barcelona attractions. Today’s post is about Barcelona Olympic stadium. For me, the moment I hear or talk about about Barcelona, the first thing that strikes to my mind is this Olympic stadium and the year 1992.  This was during my school days, we used to sit together and watch the games with my family.


The Olympic Torch of Barcelona Olympic Stadium

The Olympic stadium Barcelona


Olympic ring structure in Barcelona city. Behind the ring, you can see the ships waiting in the harbour.


 
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