Festive occasions often call for a big statement, and this seafood paella recipe ticks all the boxes: a saffron-infused, colourful rice dish loaded with mussels, squid, pippies and prawns, along with smokey chorizo. The Screaming Seeds Spice Co. Paella Blend has been especially made to produce loads of flavour. You won’t need much else to serve alongside it, except perhaps some some crusty bread and/or a green salad.
The origins of paella are ancient, rooted in the area around Valencia, Spain near the Albufera Lagoon, where both fishing and rice growing dominated the region for centuries. It was the food of farm workers who cooked dishes of rice over wood fires, enhanced with whatever local ingredients they could find.
Paella is named for the wide, shallow pan in which it is cooked. The word ‘paella’ is from a Valencian dialect meaning ‘pan’, most-likely derived from the Latin word ‘patella’ for pan.