Postcard from

Valencia

Spain

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Nestled along the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia stands as a living testament to the country’s rich cultural tapestry. From its ancient roots that date back to Roman times to the vibrant and modern city it is today, Valencia offers a captivating blend of history, architecture, and culinary delights.
Valencia’s history is a narrative woven with threads of resilience and adaptability. Founded by the Romans in 138 BC, the city became a thriving hub under Moorish rule, showcasing an architectural fusion that persists in its streets today. One of the jewels of this historical journey is the Silk Exchange, a masterpiece of Gothic civil architecture that speaks of Valencia’s economic prowess during the Middle Ages. As you wander through the cobbled lanes of the Old Town, the Valencia Cathedral stands as a silent witness to the passage of time, housing not only stunning Gothic and Romanesque elements but also the revered Holy Grail.
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Valencia’s skyline is adorned with architectural wonders that seamlessly blend tradition and modernity. The City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic complex designed by Santiago Calatrava, beckons visitors with its avant-garde structures dedicated to arts, science, and culture. The Hemisfèric, an eye-catching planetarium, and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, an opera house and performing arts centre, stand as icons of Valencia’s commitment to innovation and cultural enrichment. In the heart of the city, the Central Market presents a different kind of architectural marvel, a lively marketplace where locals have gathered for centuries, showcasing the region’s vibrant produce and culinary treasures.
As you traverse the city’s historical tapestry, the culinary delights of Valencia add a flavorful layer to the experience. The iconic Valencian paella, a rice dish originating from the surrounding countryside, is a gastronomic masterpiece. The dish, traditionally featuring rabbit and chicken, reflects the agricultural richness of the region. Each bite is a sensory journey through the Valencian landscape, capturing the essence of its people and traditions. To complement the meal, locals indulge in horchata, a refreshing beverage made from tiger nuts, paired perfectly with the sweet and flaky fartons. Valencia’s cuisine, deeply rooted in the Mediterranean diet, celebrates the bounty of the land and sea, showcasing an array of fresh seafood, olive oil, and a tapestry of flavors that mirror the city’s vibrant culture.
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Recipe From Spain

Paella

Ingredients:

  • 300g paella or risotto rice
  • 200g chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 150g rabbit, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 150g green beans, trimmed
  • 1 large tomato, grated
  • 1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1.5 litres chicken broth
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Broth:
    • Heat the chicken broth in a saucepan and add saffron threads. Allow it to simmer gently.
  2. Prep the Ingredients:
    • Season the chicken and rabbit pieces with salt.
    • In a large paella pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and rabbit, and brown them evenly. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables:
    • In the same pan, add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until they become translucent.
    • Stir in grated tomato, bell pepper, and green beans. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables soften.
  4. Add Rice and Spices:
    • Sprinkle sweet paprika over the vegetables and stir.
    • Pour in the bomba rice and stir to coat the rice with the vegetables and spices.
  5. Pour in the Broth:
    • Return the browned chicken and rabbit to the pan.
    • Pour in the saffron-infused chicken broth. Stir gently to distribute the ingredients evenly.
  6. Simmer to Perfection:
    • Bring the paella to a simmer and let it cook on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes.
    • Avoid stirring too much, allowing the bottom layer to form a delicious crust known as “socarrat.”
  7. Finishing Touch:
    • When the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, turn off the heat.
    • Sprinkle chopped parsley over the paella and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rest for a few minutes.
  8. Serve with Lemon:
    • Serve the Valencian paella hot, garnished with lemon wedges. Squeeze lemon juice over individual servings for an authentic touch.

Enjoy your homemade Valencian paella, a delightful taste of Spain in the comfort of your home!

As our exploration of Valencia draws to a close, it’s evident that this Spanish gem is a city of multifaceted beauty and depth. Whether strolling through the enchanting streets of the Old Town, marvelling at the architectural wonders, or indulging in the sumptuous flavors that define its unique culinary landscape, Valencia leaves an indelible mark. It’s not merely a destination; it’s an immersive journey through time and flavour, where each corner tells a story, and every dish narrates a tale of tradition and innovation. Valencia invites you to become a part of its rich tapestry, offering a cultural experience that resonates long after you’ve left its shores.