So after a long day of diving we went as a group to eat Paella – what is paella you ask?
Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols. [Thanks Wikipedia]
That definition doesn’t say much about what we actually ate. It was a rice based dish that had chicken, sausage, onions and a lot of different types of seafood. It was really good and definitely worth the wait. It was cooked in what one has to assume is a fairly “traditional” manner – over an open fire.
Given the manner in which it was cooked I think it is entirely appropriate for the canoe trip. We have a fire. We have chicken. We have a river full of seafood. Nick – get us a pan and we’ll make the official dish of Valencia. OLE!
Nick – get to work.