Posted by Vegan Be Happy on 13/03/2011
This weekend I am visting family in València. The weather is great and the food as well. Today I cooked one of my favourite rice dishes that the València cuisine offers. It is known as arros al forn which translates as rice in the oven. Basically the ingredients are the ones that you can see in the photo: tomato, potato, chickpeas, garlic, spring onion, rice, paprika powder and a pinch of saffron. It has simple ingredients, however the combination makes it delicious. Always when I visit my family this is one of the meals that I ask for. I tried to make it several times abroad however it is never as the one cooked here. I don’t know why because I follow the same steps however here always taste much better. For sure it is the mix of all the gorgeous mediterranean ingredients that I use in València what makes the difference.
Posted by Vegan Be Happy on 06/10/2010
As a kid growing up in València, you always get white rice with olive oil, laurel and garlic when you have stomach ache (such as indigestion). We believe that it is easy to digest and has a mild taste. I loved it as a child and I still enjoy a lot to eat a good plain risotto with olive oil. It is so tasty and yummy, however one has to use the proper rice (in my opinion, the best one is rice from “L’horta de València“).
We served the risotto with a veggie stew made of carrots, onions, courgette, aubergine, broccoli, cauliflower, red and green pepper and … I think that I did not forget any veggie.
If you want to know a bit of history of València, I found a nice article (it is in catalan, try to translate it otherwise ask me for help). In this article you will see that actually the paella is not a Spanish dish, as it is known in the rest of the world. The traditional Spanish cuisine does not use rice, even though Spanish people can eat a lot of it. You will find out that the rice comes from the Catalan countries, as well as most of the traditional rice dishes eaten by Spanish.