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Paella Madrid

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.


12 small fresh clams in shell
12 medium-sized fresh shrimp in shells
8 oz. chorizo or other garlic-seasoned sausage
2 Tbsp. olive or cooking oil
2 1/2 lb. chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces
4 c. chicken stock or broth (approximately)
1 medium-sized onion, cut into wedges
1 sweet red or green pepper, cleaned out and cut into strips
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 c. white rice, uncooked
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. saffron
1/2 c. fresh peas or 1/2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas

  • For fresh clams, cover clams in shells with salted water, using 3 tablespoons salt to 8 cups cold water. Let stand 15 minutes and rinse. Repeat soaking and rinsing twice. Set aside.
  • For fresh shrimp, remove shells from shrimps. Split each shrimp down the back with a small knife and pull out the black or white vein. Rinse shrimp and dry on a paper towel. Set aside.
  • In a paella pan or a very wide skillet, cook sausage 10 minutes or until done. Drain; let cool and slice. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in the skillet and brown chicken 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat chicken broth to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, brown onion, red pepper and garlic in oil remaining in the skillet.
  • Remove oven racks and preheat the oven to 400º.
  • Add rice, boiling broth, oregano and saffron to the skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat and then remove.
  • Arrange chicken, sausage, shrimp and clams on top of the rice. Scatter peas over all.
  • Set the pan on the oven floor and bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed by rice. Never stir paella after it goes into the oven.
  • Remove paella from the oven and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve at the table directly from the pan.

Serves 4 - 6

Martin James