Seafood Paella

A friend wanted to make seafood paella for a birthday celebration. Wanting to be sure my recipe concept worked, I made it at home first. Not only was our meal delicious, but theirs was as well. That is a winner in my books!

Seafood Paella
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During the Covid Chaos, Dave and I had a lot of airline vouchers. We had booked flights to Italy and The Netherlands. Dave booked on Air France as that ticket included a luggage allowance. And I used KLM as we could book the light fare which is for hand luggage only. When our trip was cancelled we took the voucher option, as they are our airlines of choice. The minute travel opened up again we booked to go and to see Mark. Having accumulated air miles that needed using up I booked Dave’s flights using those. And my ticket was booked using my KLM voucher. The flight and seats did not come to as much as the voucher and so a new one was issued. Concurrent to this, we also had Turkish Airline vouchers issued as this was the recommended solution. We were meant to fly last December but Omicron ….

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Knowing we would have no choice but to use our Turkish Airline Vouchers, I requested a refund from Air France. We would not financially be in a position to use the voucher as the Turkish Airline trip is costing us double what we would normally pay to go to Italy. Air France were amazing, and issued the refund within 48 hours. But getting the same from KLM proved to be a lot more difficult. On their side it did not show as a Covid voucher but thankfully I had kept the email stating it was. They are fantastic on WhatsApp and I eventually managed to chat to a consultant who sorted out the refund. This was done with days to spare before it expired. And for that I am so grateful. Have you managed to get your Covid Chaos refunds sorted out, if you had any?


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Seafood Paella

This makes for a delicious, decadent meal
Recipe Category: Seafood, Shellfish
Makes enough for: 3 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 45 mls olive oil, divided
  • 25 mls paella spices, divided
  • 12 prawns, deveined, divided
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 190 g paella rice
  • 100 g baby tomatoes, cut in half
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 500 mls vegetable stock
  • 500 g seafood paella mix
  • Chopped parsley to garnish


  • Place 15 mls of the olive oil into a large frying pan and heat over a medium to high temperature
  • Add 5 mls of the paella spices, and cook until fragrant
  • Peel the shells and remove the heads of 6 prawns and add to the pan
  • Cook until nicely toasted, crush the heads then remove and discard the heads and shells
  • Add 15 mls oil, heat and add the onion
  • Lower the temperate and sauté the onion until soft then add the garlic
  • Sauté until soft then add 15 mls of the paella spices and cook until fragrant
  • Add the rice and toast until it is nicely coated with the spices
  • Add the tomatoes, season generously, then add the stock
  • Increase the temperature, bring to the boil then reduce the temperature and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add the seafood mix plus the peeled prawns and gently stir to combine, without disturbing the bottom of the pan
  • Season and leave to simmer for 20 minutes
  • Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over a high temperature and add the remaining spices
  • Cook until fragrant then add the prawns
  • Cook the prawns and when done, arrange them on top of the rice which should be cooked by now
  • Remove from the heat, garnish with parsley and serve
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Today is my last working day and tomorrow we leave for our annual anniversary get away with friends. 

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