Wednesday, 22 May 2013
2 garlic cloves, minced 8 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1g saffron strands or 1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron Coarse salt 1/4 l (1 cup, 8 ounces) olive oil50g (3/4 cup, 6 ounces) cured ham, chopped 100g (4 ounces) chorizo sausage, sliced 1 kg (2 1/2 pounds) chicken, cut into small pieces (about 14) 1/4 kg (1/2 pound) squid, cut into small pieces 1/4 kg (1/2 pound) halibut, cut into small pieces 1/4 kg (1/2 pound) swordfish, cut into small pieces 1/2 kg (1 pound) small or medium shrimp, shelled 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1/4 kg (1/2 pound) cooked small clams, in their shells 1/2 kg (1 pound) cooked mussels, reserve few shells for decoration 675g (3 cups, 1 1/2 pounds) short-grain rice 1 lemon 1 litre (4 cups, 1 3/4 pints) hot chicken broth 3/4 l (3 cups, 24 ounces) hot fish broth 1/2 kg (1 pound) large crayfish
Heat olive oil in paella pan with a 15-inch (40 cm) base. You can also use any large flat round pan. Add chopped ham and chorizo. Fry, stirring for a few minutes. Remove and place on a warm platter. Add chicken pieces, sprinkled with salt, and fry over high heat until golden on all sides. Remove to warm platter. Add squid, halibut and swordfish. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and fry. Remove to warm platter.
Add shrimp and sauté about 3 minutes, or until barely pink. Remove to warm platter.
Add chopped onion, tomato and peppers. Sauté until soft. Return the cooked ham, chorizo, chicken, fish and shrimp to the paella pan. Add the parsley-garlic mixture. Add cooked clams and mussels. discard any that have not opened. Stir in rice, and juice of 1 lemon. Fry for 2 or 3 minutes. Pour over the hot chicken and fish broth, while stirring. Bring to a fast boil. Decorate with large crayfish around the edge of paella pan.
Simmer for 20 minutes, without stirring. Turn off heat and shake pan lightly to prevent rice from sticking.
Cover with dry towel for 10 minutes. This allows rice to absorb any excess broth.
Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs before serving.
Almunecar has some good sandy beaches and a nice esplanade behind them, with palm-roofed bars (many offering free tapas) and restaurants. Beyond Nerja the road climbs inland, running high above the coast until it surfaces at La Herradura , a fishing village-resort suburb of Almunecar, which is a good place to stop off and swim, and which also has three seafront summer campsites , the best of which is La Herradura, the western most of the three.
Half a dozen good-value Fondas and hostales ring the central Plaza de la Rosa in the old part of town; the cosy Hostal Altamar Situated in the heart of the historical town of Almunecar in one of those typical quiet walking zones. It takes just a 2 minute walk to get to the beach, and the Hotel La Najarra , are two of the best. For a campsite you're much better off at La Herradura as Almunecar's site, El Paraiso is at the eastern end of the seafront which can become overcrowded in the summer.
The bus station , which has frequent connections to Malaga and Granada, is located at the junction of Avenida Juan Carlos I and Avenida Fenicia, northeast of the centre, while the tourism office can be found in an imposing neo-Moorish mansion on Avenida de Europa, behind the Playa San Cristobal beach at the west end of the town
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
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