Paella and Garlic, the kind you bury and the kind you roast
This was one crazy beautiful November weekend. 74°. Say WHAAA? You heard me. 74° on November 2. Color me mucho happy, ’cause I’ve been running behind on my end-of-season gardening. This roller coaster weather is killer on the sinuses (yeeowza, hello Advil Cold & Sinus), but, it’s impossible to argue with working in a sunny garden in jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.
I planted about half of my spring flower bulbs, in case you were wondering. Probably could’ve gotten to them all, except I had also had to plant my garlic and shallots (15 shallot bulbs and about 48 garlic cloves). I was wiped, and lost interest in the tulips. I got the prettiest ones in, though.
Speaking of garlic, I saw something completely ridiculous at Williams-Sonoma: A small jar of roasted garlic puree for $9.95. I did a double-take. $9.95? Does it come with one of those porcelain bulb-shaped garlic roaster things? No? $9.95? You’ve GOT to be kidding me. You can buy this amount of garlic in bulb form for $2.00 and with a mere 10 minutes of hands-on work, you’ve got yourself homemade roasted garlic at an 80% savings. Observe:
What’s fer dinner?
Dinner was super yummy. Paella.
Paella is a great dish to prepare for a group – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like paella, or who isn’t impressed by the huge pan bubbling with all those amazing ingredients. It’s time-consuming, so it requires some planning, but the results are worth it.
I had also found a recipe for “bretzel rolls” last week that I had to try. Soft pretzels are one of my obsessions, and I was so excited to discover its dinner roll cousin. I didn’t have time to take photos during prep, but one weekend soon I’ll make them again and document the entire process. (BTW, if you’ve never made homemade pretzels before, you should. It’s so much fun, and they are FANTASTIC fresh out of the oven.)