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Ingredients for 6 persons:

4 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 pork fillets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 large onion chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic
1 lb short grain rice
1/2 each green and red pepper sliced
small pack frozen peas
2 lb mussells
2 pts stock (use the liquid from cooking the mussells, or chicken stock)
1 lb large prawns (cooked) or 2 per person - or more if small
Handful of tiny shellfish, clams? We call them "almejas"
1 squid cleaned and cut into rings
White fish, cut into small pieces
lemon wedges, chopped parsley, salt & pepper

I always cook the mussells first (you can do this the day before)
- reserve the cooking water for stock, and soak some saffron strands
in this for colour, or use turmeric altho it doesn't taste quite
the same. If needs be I use some water with chicken stock cube to
top up the liquid.

Discard one shell of the mussells.

Heat the oil in the pan. Add meat and fry until browned all over.
Add chopped onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes. Then add
the rice and coat thoroughly with the oil (add a bit more if needed).
Start to pour in the stock; maybe about a third to start. Stir it
all round a bit, and as it gradually gets absorbed by the rice,
add more gradually. You don't want it actually boiling, but just
simmering - adjust height of pan over fire. Add chopped peppers.
Taste and add salt & pepper to taste.

When you are about halfway through cooking the rice, add the frozen
peas and the small shellfish, squid and fish if using - stir in
gently - you now don't want to really stir the mixture up any more,
but just shake the pan from time to time to make sure it isn't
sticking on the bottom.

About 3/4 through when the mixture is sort of creamy, looks fairly
well cooked but with some excess liquid yet to be absorbed by the
rice, arrange the mussells on half shells into the mix, together
with the large cooked prawns on top - these will simply heat through.

Keep tasting the rice - if there is any question that its still a
bit "gritty" or hard then add more stock or water which will be
absorbed until its tender. When barely done, remove from heat and
leave to sit covered in foil for 5 minutes or so. The finished
product is creamy but not wet.

Everyone helps themselves straight from the pan, garnished with
lemon wedges around the edge and sprinkled with parsley. Accompany
with a fresh mixed salad, garlic bread and "mucho vino".


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