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27.8.14

Chicken, Chorizo and Prawn Paella (Gordon Ramsay)

Chicken, Chorizo and Prawn Paella

Another Gordon Ramsay recipe! Paella is a dish that I love after having tried it in Spain during my graduation trip (how I wish I can go back there!) But I have not tried making it because saffron is so expensive here! A small box of saffron will set me back by at least $10!

The chance to make paella came when X wanted to cook something for me - so he sponsored all the ingredients, but somehow it ended up me cooking the dish... oops!

The preparation is very straight forward, sauté the ingredients, add stock and seafood, and simmer until done - definitely manageable!

Chicken, Chorizo and Prawn Paella

We splurged a little and bought tiger prawns but I think it would have been equally good with other large prawns - tiger prawns are quite pricey! We also substituted Spanish rice with Arborio rice and made the paella in my 12-inch non-stick frying pan. Was really glad the paella turned out well despite not having the traditional equipment!

I really love the paella as it was so delicious and flavourful! Will definitely be making it more often in the future.

Planning a risotto recipe soon to use up the remaining Arborio rice... stay tuned!

But here are the step-by-step photos!

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All the ingredients used! I just realised I bought all my herbs from MasterFoods... huge fan!

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1) Pan-fry the chicken until browned on all sides.
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2) Add in chorizo, then onion and sauté well.
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3) Add in the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
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4) Add in the Spanish rice (I used Arborio).
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5) Coat the rice with the oil.
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6) Add in chicken stock to cook the rice.
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7) Add in saffron and continue to let it simmer.

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8) Add in prawns and cook until the water has been absorbed.
Chicken, Chorizo and Prawn Paella
Serve with lemon wedges!

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I'm submitting this to Cook Like A Star, hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Yen from Eat your heart out and Mich from Piece of Cake.

24.8.14

Chocolate Kahlua Crêpe Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Crepe Cake

Crêpe cake has been something on my to-make list for a very, very long time - the seemingly tons of layers look so attractive and I've always wondered how it tastes like. So when my friend's birthday drew near, I decided to give it a try!

Given the fact that I have only one chance to get it right (I didn't have time for a trial), I searched high and low looking for recipes. Eventually I settled for the one by Sprinkle Bakes, purely because hers look so pretty and the chocolate components sound too delicious to resist!

Chocolate Kahlua Crepe Cake

The crêpe cake is definitely a time-consuming cake, perhaps as time-consuming as making kueh lapis! It looks really impressive and stunning, with 17 crêpes stacked on top one another, each filled with a little ganache and chocolate whipped cream - it is definitely the cake to go for to impress family and friends! In terms of taste wise, it's a lot lighter than the usual layered cakes, some of my friends preferred the usual layered cakes while some of them like the crêpe cake because it's a lot lighter, great to have it as a dessert after a heavy meal.

Chocolate Kahlua Crepe Cake

So will I make it again? I most probably will attempt another flavour, but not so soon... perhaps when another friend's birthday draws near!

(Because there are many step-by-step photos, I've included them in the recipe instead! I've also included a lot of notes that I observed in the recipe, so if you are attempting to make a crêpe cake, I hope these notes will help!)

Chocolate Kahlua Crepe Cake

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This post is for Little Thumbs Up (August 2014 Event: Flour) - organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Diana from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe.

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