That was all the info I needed. Immediately I set my imagination into overdrive, picturing myself in a large chef's hat, riding a bike home from the Farmer's Market with my basket of veggies and bread and wine.
Similar to this:
Putting my Photoshop skills to use...haha!
Now, months later, two trips to Whole Foods and the Brentwood Farmer's Market later, this is what I've come up with. And loves, it really is perfect.
Perfect Potato Paella
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
2 Small Leeks
1 Tsp. Sea Salt
1 Cup Sliced Carrots
1 1/2 Cups Artichoke Hearts (either fresh or frozen - I used a combination of both)
1 lb. Mixed Baby Potatoes (such as Fingerling or New Red Potatoes)
3/4 Cup Sherry Wine
1/4 Cup Sherry Wine Vinegar
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Cup Imagine brand No-Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
2 Yellow Squash (about 1 1/2 Cups sliced)
1 1/2 Cups Cut Fresh Green Beans
1/2 Tsp. Saffron Threads
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Orange Bell Pepper
1 Can Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes
1/2 Tsp. Cumin
1/4 Tsp. (or less) Cayenne Pepper
1. In a heavy-bottomed pot (such as a Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red) or Paella Pan (such as a Paderno World Cuisine 18.5 Inch Polished Carbon Steel Paella Pan), add olive oil, garlic, leeks and sea salt. Saute until tender and bottom of pan begins to brown.
2. Add carrots and artichokes. Stir well.
3. Add potatoes and stir again. Pour in sherry wine, sherry wine vinegar, juice of one lemon and the broth. Stir again. Cook for about 10-15 minutes over medium-high heat, until artichokes, carrots and potatoes just begin to soften slightly and mixture is boiling.
4. Add squash, green beans, saffron threads and peppers. Open can of San Marzano tomatoes, and squish into pieces with your (clean) hands. Pour entire contents of the can of tomatoes into the pan. Top with remaining spices, add more salt and/or pepper to taste, and stir again.
5. Allow to cook for 25-30 minutes, covered. Do not over-cook. Paella is done when potatoes are just tender enough to eat, all veggies are cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated. Enjoy!
Happy Monday, Loves!