All posts tagged: paella

Crave’s Community Paella

There’s nothing that brings together a community than the promise of a good feed. Local cafe Crave had a paella street party yesterday with a 1.2 metre paella pan to feed 200. Crave is right by the Morningside train station and a cool industrial-looking cafe with exhibiting artworks. The decor may look cool, but this is a place you can find a slice of humble pie. Under a Christmas tree there, they currently have a gift drive for the Auckland City Mission. In their words: “We are a cafe with charitable status, all our profits go back into the local community and to global poverty issues.” When we arrived, the paella pan had chicken was cooking in a vivid broth so we relaxed and had a coffee and looked the paintings on display while others enjoyed their BYO. We met some lovely people and there was a great sense of community. It was fun to watch the paella ingredients being added one by one and excitement grew as it looked more and more festive with …

Like a Chinese Paella

The other night, The Koala and I got takeaways from Love A Duck on Dominion Road.¬†While waiting for our meals, I was pleased to see that during winter, they offer a range of claypot cooked dishes. Claypot Chicken Rice Claypot Chicken Rice is popular in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. For those not familiar with this style of cooking, rice, chicken and various sauces and flavoursome ingredients are cooked in a claypot. The rice sticks to the bottom resulting in a fragrant, delicious mess like a Chinese version of paella. Chicken Can’t have this dish without the hardcore marinated chicken. Cantonese love bones and I always make this with chicken wings but you could use boneless thigh or breast to make this a kid friendly dish. Lap Cheong Chinese dried sausages or Lap Cheong are dry cured sausages normally made of pork and fat. These are smoked, sweetened, seasoned and taste like awesome. The sausages I buy from my local are vacuum packed and hail from Canada. You might like these if you like streaky …