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Fresh Squids stuffed with cured pancetta, rice, onion, garlic and mini bell pepper dices on a wine-paprika tomato sauce. The Catalan gastronomy has a ton of “surf and turf” traditional dishes for example the meatball with squids, the chicken and crayfish, the mar y montaña paella, etc. They call it : Mar y Montaña which translate to sea and mountain. This recipe is inspired by the Catalan surf and turf, although instead of using the traditional ground meat I’ve used a stuffing of rice, cured pancetta, onion, garlic and bell pepper dices. The sauce is an easy traditional one of fried tomato paste, garlic and paprika with a touch of white wine (or water) and a few flat leaves of parsley for the final touch. This recipe is my personal twist on the Catalan Surf and Turf, it’s not a traditional dish, however similar in taste. A Catalan Tradition The Catalans are the kings at mixing up sea…

Arroz negro or Black Paella is a popular rice dish on the Mediteranean coast of Spain made of cuttlefish, its ink, some lovely fish stock, white wine, onions and bomba rice. A famous dish in Spain, is the famous “arroz negro” made with the fresh ink of cuttlefish. I don’t know why they call it “black rice” instead of “black paella” since it’s done exactly like a paella, with the same bomba rice and it served in the paella pan… Usually served with a Aioli sauce (garlicy mayonnaire). Nonetheless, this dark paella is my personal favorite of them all! I know it can be challenging for some, even for me at first, the color and the fact that you eat the cuttlefish ink… but if you are courageous enough to take the first bite. Oh my! You will discover another world! The ink actually is a mouthful of sea aromas, saline, it’s really a flavour of…

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