One of my standard meals is something that resembles a Spanish paella in that it has lots of yellow coloured rice. Maggie calls it chicken surprise because no two are exactly the same. She also says it smells and tastes a lot like a Vesta Meal because, rather than using saffron, I use a packet of some sort of commercial paella flavouring and colouring. Normally I cook it in a standard saucepan but I've begun to think that it's maybe coming out a little too moist.
On Friday as I popped into Carrefour to get the ingredients I went wild and spent 7€ on a proper paella pan. No Spanish home is complete without one.
I'm wondering about giving Maggie a real surprise next time. One of the traditional rice dishes in Valencia, reserved for Fridays when all good Catholics used to avoid meat, is a paella made from cauliflower and cod. It would be a particular surprise as she's not keen on fish!