A Throwback to the days of spending last Christmas and new year in Spain, enjoying the Spanish fiesta. Exactly during this time of the year, I was busy preparing and planning for a holiday, a Spanish holiday!!

Sometimes though, it can be daunting when faced with the prospect of a two-week family holiday with kids in new and unfamiliar cities. Travelling with my two fussy eater girls, the thought of taking Spanish holiday was pretty exciting at the beginning, but when it came to food, I was a bit worried, because of the fact that my girls are not seafood lovers.


The decision, whether to spend the two weeks in a hotel or an apartment was kept pending almost till the eleventh hour. Reserving a hotel room and then again changing to hotel apartment, quite a task! I must say. Finally made up my mind to go for a hotel apartment, so that my girls can have a homely feel, with a hesitating thought of cooking some meal or a little snack for them in case they don’t like the food locally available there.


Now, you must be thinking, why did I chose to rent an apartment and cook for the family when I am on holiday, rather than opting for any best hotel and enjoying three convenient meals. Even, I had a talk regarding this with my husband before planning out this trip. Well, I must admit, I ended up loving being in the kitchen and cooking itself was therapeutic, even if it is for some precious little holiday time. I loved our beautiful, cozy, well equipped, centrally located apartment in Barcelona, compared to the one in Madrid. But, enjoyed my kitchen affair in both places.

I loved the hustle, festive mood and positive energy of the people. So friendly that I always end up talking for a long time with them. Though people say a must visit destination during summers, but I would admit it is equally fun and enjoyable during Christmas and New Year.


Spanish rice( Seafood Paella, Chicken Pella) was one versatile dish which I found everywhere in Spain. Delicious, filling, flavorful and was great rice option for my girls.

So easy, a simple recipe to follow and I am sure you will fall in love with this. You can alter the vegetarian version with seafood or meat.


  • 1 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 big chopped onion
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth/ vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup olives of your choice ( pitted Huttesa Spanish black olives has been used in this recipe)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to season
  • 1 sliced green chili


  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add other ingredients, salsa, tomato paste, parsley, paprika and turmeric and saute for 2-3 minutes. Now Add the rice and saute for 2 more minutes. When rice begins to brown, stir in chicken broth or vegetable broth and season it with salt. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed or the rice is done. Garnish with some sliced green chilies( this is absolutely optional).

Such an easy and quick recipe, ready in 30 minutes that there is no chance to go wrong.

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