A plate of sun­shine

A beau­ti­ful sum­mery dish from Richard Hughes

EDP Norfolk - - Step-By -Step -

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

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