So I mentioned my obsession with Mario Batali’s 2008 series for PBS, Spain on the Road Again, right? Â After watching the original airing of the series and all the reruns I could find, I decided to ask Santa Claus for both the accompanying cookbook/travel guide (I WILL take that trip one day) and the DVD series. Â That was the Christmas before last (as in 2008) and I have barely made anything out of it. Â That is all going to change VERY SOON! Â Of all the scrumptious recipes in the book, the one I have most wanted to make is the paella. Â I have yet to make it because I did not have a proper paella pan, which is apparently essential to making paella…something about the distribution of the heat for the rice.
Well, since the Beer Guy and I are trying new things and breaking out of our rut, I decided to seek out a paella pan. Â On a hunch, I decided to just pop into Sur La Table after work since it is located in the mall right next to my office, just to see if they happened to carry paella pans. Â And guess what… THEY DO! Â What’s more, they were 40% off!! Â So, I got this beautiful 16″ paella pan and 2 lb bag of Bomba Rice (which is also apparently essential to a good paella) for the same price as the pan would normally have been by itself!
I’m not usually one who gets overly excited about bargains, but this made me giddy. Â It’s like it was meant to be! Â I can’t wait to take it for a test drive!