Sunday, November 10, 2013

A reunion dinner and a successful paella



Yesterday afternoon, I put on my iPod, and with this Tori Amos song about butterflies that I like so much playing over and over, I cooked a paella for the dinner reunion of one of our Travelife Magazine Sri Lanka groups.



The reunion dinner was set in someone's very lovely home in Ayala Alabang -- the kind of home that makes me think of a Four Seasons property on an Asian island.

We'd made it pot luck this time.

So I took out my biggest paella pan and made a pretty delicious paella.

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A REALLY SAD SONG

Maybe the song of Tori Amos had something to do it, but last night's paella was very good.

As for her song, it reminds me of someone in a sad way.





When I listen to it late at night with my earphones, so that it feels like she is singing right into my ear and I can hear every word distinctly, it gives me a lump in my throat.

GOOD FOR COOKING A PAELLA



But the song's certainly good for cooking paella.

The consistency of yesterday's paella was perfect, and it was very flavorful.

Everyone returned for more paella last night.

And one of my friends, who has eaten paella at my home several times, told me this was probably the best I'd made that he'd tasted so far.

COOKING LESSONS IN BARCELONA


I'd written in this blog how I'd taken up Spanish cooking lessons with a Catalan chef when I was in Barcelona in late September.

One of the things I'd learned how to make was a paella.

THE POST-COOKING LESSON PAELLA

My friends last night wanted to know what was the difference with my paella, after the cooking lessons in Barcelona.

I've always made paella, you see, but I have my own way of doing it.

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FUSION OF TECHNIQUES


And since I took those cooking lessons in Barcelona last September, I've merged the cooking techniques of the Catalan chef with my own -- and the results so far has been a very good paella that my friends have enjoyed.

A REALLY FUN EVENING

Last night, we stayed up till 1 AM, talking and planning trips.

We finished several bottles of Spanish wine, including two magnums. and a Blue Label to boot.

The conversations at the end were hilarious, making for another very enjoyable evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife. 


HARD AT WORK THIS WEEKEND




PS: Good afternoon from a luxury hotel in Manila, where our very hardworking Travelife Magazine sales & marketing team has checked in for the weekend, for a planning meeting for 2014 and 2015.


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