A plate of sunshine
A beautiful summery dish from Richard Hughes
Julys’ step by step recipe is paella. It is literally the taste of summer on a plate with lots of fresh vegetables from the allotment, garden or roadside stall. This Valencian classic gives a reminder of sunnier climes and a nod toward the package holidays of yesteryear. The paella is actually the large fat shallow dish that you cook the rice in, coming from the Latin word for pan, patella. Its best cooked on an open fire, but you can of course use any larger frying pan on the hob!
The fact that’s its vegetarian, indeed vegan, means its bang on trend. The oft predicted meat-free revolution is finally taking shape in the UK, with 3.5 million opting for a plantbased diet, meaning, veganism is most definitely mainstream. Norwich has responded to the trend, with at least three vegan eateries opening over the past few months, and most canny restaurateurs have responded to demand. The vegetarian is no longer the forgotten diner.
Of course you can stick to tradition and add whatever takes your fancy, purists will be aghast at the lack of rabbit, chicken and chorizo, but I think this is the perfect summer dish, showing off vegetables at their peak, with extra zip coming from the paprika, chilli and the allimportant squeeze of lime.
It’s a real plateful, but you can tuck in knowing you’ll exceed you five a day at one sitting! 01603 626402 richardhughescookery school.co.uk
ABOVE: vegetable paella