How to make paella

24Jun

Back in September we dedicated a blog entry to one of the most important dishes of Spanish cuisine: paella.Paella - Hotel Ángela Fuengirola

Many of you already know how to prepare a beautiful paella as every second week here at Hotel Angela our lovely PR Alison shows you how to cook one and explains you the secrets of this tasty dish.

At Hotel Angela we are big food lovers so, as the paella recipe has been requested by some of our guests, today we would like to share it with you.

There you go …

INGREDIENTS (6 servings)

–          600g rice

–          500g clams

–          300g prawns

–          2 ripe tomatoes

–          1 green pepper

–          2 cloves of garlic

–          Paella colouring

–          Parsley

–          800g chicken

–          200g squid

–          1 small onion

–          150g peas

–          2 red peppers

–          10 strands of saffron

–          Salt

–          ½ cup olive oil

METHOD

Wash the clams in cold water with a bit of salt; open them in a saucepan with ½ cup of water, strain and reserve the clams and the resulting stock separately. Wash the peppers, deseed them and chop them. Wash the chicken and chop it. Wash the squid and cut it into pieces. Peel the prawns and boil the shell and heads for 10 minutes; strain and reserve the stock. Heat the oil in a paella pan and fry the chicken until golden; add the squid, sauté for a few minutes and add the finely chopped onion, the peppers, the peas and the peeled tomatoes. Sauté for 15 minutes. Add the rice, stir and pour in the reserved stock and some more water as it will have to double the volume of the rice. Mix the peeled garlic with parsley and saffron and add it to the paella, season and add a bit of colouring. Let it cook for 10 minutes on a high heat. Lower the heat and cook for about 6-7 minutes. Finally add the prawns and clams. Let it rest for about 3-4 minutes and serve…Very easy, right?

Paella is a very summery dish, so now that you have the recipe and the good weather is here we are sure that you will be willing to have a wonderful dinner party at home and cook it for your friends and family! Let us know how it goes! We are sure it will be a success!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

The “Júas”

17Jun

Springtime is coming to an end and summertime is round the corner. San Juan’s Night, the night of the 23rd of June, means the start of the summer and as it is getting closer here at Hotel Angela we have already started with the preparations for this important celebration. 

On this important night the “Júas” are the highlight, but what is a “Júas”?

A “Júas” is a big handmade doll made with fabrics and other easy to find materials. It is thought that the name “Júas” comes from the name Judas, so the doll is supposed to represent the traitor apostle. As it represents an evil character the “Júas” gets burnt at midnight in order to leave bad things behind and start the summer in a good way.

In previous years here at Hotel Angela we have created our own doll, so this year we will do so again. Next Tuesday the 18th of june at 11:30 A.M our PR Alison will be by the pool helping you to make our own amazing “Júas”, it will be good fun!

As every year it will be a pleasure to us to celebrate the arrival of summer with all of you on Sunday the 23rd of June from 11:30 P.M. at the Rivera Beach Club, opposite Hotel Yaramar; you only have to sign up in reception.  We will see how our “Júas” burns away at midnight, will have a great time and we will welcome summer in a great way!

Are you ready for the change of season?

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Fuengirola, “Little Finland”

10Jun

It is quite obvious that Fuengirola is a very international town as it is visited by an important number of tourists and it also has many foreign residents, but did you know that Fuengirola has the biggest Finnish community outside Scandinavia?Centro Finlandia - Hotel Angela Fuengirola

The first Finnish arrived in the 70s and from that moment they have not really stopped.

Due to the big number of Finnish people who nowadays live in Fuengirola they have their own media and even their own Finnish school, a unique and outstanding school in Spain that it is considered to have an excellent educational system.

These days at Los Boliches Library you can even find some books in Finnish. The reason is that the majority of them loves Los Boliches and chooses the Los Pacos district as their favourite place to live, therefore the number of establishments owned by Finnish people in Los Boliches and Los Pacos is quite big.

By the way, have you ever visited the Finnish shopping centre in Los Boliches right beside Hotel Angela?

This shopping centre called “Centro Finlandia” is a reference to the Finnish community in Fuengirola, as there you can find all kind of Finnish establishments like shops with Finnish products, a restaurant or a beauty salon.

It is open from Monday to Friday from 9 A.M to 8 P.M and Saturdays from 10 A.M to 2 P.M.

As Hotel Angela is so close we encourage you to visit it. You will get to see the most international side of Fuengirola!!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations