Paella, a simple Valenciana rice dish with ancient roots from the 19th century. Paella means “leftovers” and the dish where is cooked is also called ~ “Paella.”
There is an old story of the Arab Moorish kings’ servants created this dish with the leftovers from royal banquets.
From La Mancha, a vast area from Toledo towards Valencia, I am calling the Spaniards to accept my creation without the typical shellfish which is an icon to the real “Paella Valenciana” ~ The Valenciana way. This dish was created from short grain Spanish rice, chicken and vegetables that were cooked with the most expensive spice in the world saffron ~ derived from a purple flower “Crocus”.
Don Quijote de la Mancha, a novel assumed to be written in the 1500’s calls for love, fantasy and devotion. This ingenious novel created by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, “Prince of wits”, has brought to my senses to make a “Paella.”
Representing goodness, this fictional novel of Don Quijote de la Mancha, shows the Chivalric romantic love from Quixote to his Dulcinea, and the devotion of Sancho Panza to Don Quijote.
Even without the windmills, This is magic!