Tag: Street Food

KCC Farmers Market, Honolulu, HI; Snapshot of What’s Happening

KCC Farmers Market, Honolulu, HI; Snapshot of What’s Happening

Cold and wintery Northern California weather got you down? Dreaming of a milder climate? One with clean air, a warm ocean and a small community of farmers dedicated to bringing to market a proud bounty of mother nature’s best? Think about visiting Oahu; better yet, […]

Squash & Gourds!

Squash & Gourds!

Autumn’s full bounty is on display right before Thanksgiving in Western Sonoma County. Just before the weather turns really dark and nasty, Mother Earth gives us one last glimpse of our long summer growing season that usually lasts deep into November. Winter Squash by different names, […]

Paella

Ever since we spent that long weekend in Barcelona 5 years ago we have been offering certain clients the chance to experience paella at Bay Laurel Culinary events. We make ours over a real fire using a combination of mesquite charcoal and organic almond wood. We get creative with garnishes but always use Calaspara rice and our homemade chicken, shellfish or vegetable stock. We take our time with the sofrito, use the best Spanish Saffron and take care to create but not burn the socarrat.

In order to make all guests comfortable we will usually offer a choice of paellas. On the menu here we have one with rock shrimp and chicken (surf & turf) and another loaded with fresh vegetables from a local farm.

Paella on the Menu
Paella on the Menu

You have be tough to cook over an open flame hot enough to sear ten pounds of chicken pieces and bring as many quarts of stock to a quick boil. You also have to work quickly and with absolute confidence of movement to work two different paellas over the same fire. The vegetable paella in the lower left of the picture below contains carrots, leeks and three different types of sweet peppers.

Starting the Paella
Starting the Paella

Knowing how the fire will burn is paramount to cooking this amount of paella. The fire must first be hot enough to sear meat or vegetables and powerful enough to bring a lot of stock to a boil but then mellow enough during the process to gently simmer the pans until gliding into a gentle finish for a crispy, caramelized crust on the underside of the rice known as socarrat. Notice the gorgeous saffron color in both pans.

Paella at the Half Way Mark
Paella at the Half Way Mark

Below is a close up of the chicken and rock shrimp paella garnished with plenty of green onions, parsley and Lemon and ready to be served right off the grill it was cooked upon.

The Finished Paella
The Finished Paella

Paella is a great dish to feed a crowd but learning the proper technique takes time, patience and plenty of practice so it makes sense to hire chefs that know what they are doing (especially when cooking over a natural flame). Let Bay Laurel Culinary & Kitchen be those chefs for you at your next backyard party or horse barn soiree. Operators are standing by.

#TBT-BLC hits Homerun at Michel-Schlumberger            Passport 2011

#TBT-BLC hits Homerun at Michel-Schlumberger Passport 2011

Once again Bay Laurel Culinary buffed out the legendary gastroshack for a stellar weekend of baseball themed gourmet fun at Michel Schlumberger in Dry Creek Valley. Carlos and his band played beautifully in the winery coutyard as the guests began tasting at 11 AM both […]

Mexico pt 2

Mexico pt 2