Pepe’s Perfect Paella

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The temperature these days is hovering in the low 60’s during the day and the low 40’s at night.  The last few days have been windy, but a mess up your hair windy and not a blow down the trees windy.  There’s no central heating in the apartment, but a portable electric radiator and the air conditioner/heater on the living room wall do a good job of keeping the place comfortable.

Yesterday morning Susan took life easy trying to ease the effects of her cold.  I made my way to the gym and got in an hour of cardio.  When I got home around 1:30, I jumped into the shower and got dressed for the Magic Ágora luncheon.  Salvador and Pepe were putting it on for the behind the scenes crew that has done most of the work up until now.  The guest list included Pepe, Salvador, Víctor, Tony, Ana, Miquel, Nacho, Juanma, Susan and I.  Lunch was called for 2:00 and when we arrived at 2:15 the only person there was Pepe.  He was busy putting together the paella.

Salvador arrived shortly thereafter and the four of us chatted for a while and around 3:00 the rest of the guests arrived.  While we chatted and got to know each other a bit better we munched on olives, potato chips, almonds, peanuts, chorizo, cheese and other goodies.  We then opened up three bottles of wine, as the paella made its way to the center of the table.

It was yet another Monfort Masterpiece.  This paella was made with rabbit, chicken and artichokes and it was perfectly done.  Pepe was afraid that maybe he had made too much, but it turned out that his fear was groundless.  Dessert was a variety of cookies and a coca filled with nuts and raisins.  This coca was very much like our American coffee cake.  We finished of the meal with coffee.

After lunch it was time for a little magic and Juanma, Pepe, Nacho and I each did a couple of effects.  This was only the second time since I have been here that I have done some magic and it was good to get some of the rust off.  Before we knew it, it was 6:00 and it was time for people to get on with their day.  We got home a little before 6:30.

The evening was uneventful.  We read for a while and watched an episode of GLEE.  Around 11:00 we decided that it was time for bed and we called it a day.

Paella Stage 1

The chef, Salva and I

Ssuan enjoting a beer!

The chef back at work.

Paella stage 2

Nacho Diago

Paella stage 3

Salva, Pepe and I

Paella stage 4

A comer!Paella stage 6

Pastas

CocaHocus Pocus!