Our journey in Italy continues. We are having a fantastic time with my older brother and our son is beside himself spending time with his cousins and the extended family. Lunch under the terrace for twelve it’s an everyday affaire, a blessing, and we love every seconds of it.
In the mist of this big family group, there is also a chef, Riccardo. Him and I can spend hours talking food. He loves new flavors, blending spices and using new ingredients and he is always looking for a new way to create a new dish for the restaurant he owns, Dixie Duke in Alessandria.
Somehow we got to talk and Paella come up. Next thing I knew all the ingredients were on the kitchen counter in my brother kitchen and the preparation began.
Chopping, roasting, talking, steaming shellfish. The soccer game was on, it’s Italy after all, and Italy was playing. I can only let you imagine the vivid conversation that was taking place while we were in the kitchen and since my brother has an American style kitchen, I had no choice to partake in the game.
Dinner was enjoyed outside under the beautiful Italian sky. Plates being filled, glasses with wine were clinking and laughter could be heard from afar.
Enjoy this wonderful Paella Valenciana. The recipe is for twelve persons and not a kernel of rice was left behind.