Let’s get this out of the way: we’re price conscious.
The main reason we made this seafood paella for dinner was because I bought a paella pan for $10 at Home Sense last year. $10! How could I not? I admit, I have a shopping problem specifically for kitchenware.
One of the dilemmas for this meal was whether to buy Spanish saffron or American saffron. We opted for American saffron since this was our first time cooking paella and who knows what might happen? The price was too steep and not worth the investment unless we were confident that we can make an awesome paella that’s going to leave us wanting more. We love a good bargain, so when we were shopping at Farm Boy and came across deals on fish fillets and scallops - we jumped on deals. Yes, yes - you’re thinking, oh that’s gross - what if they’re stale? Well, they turned out surprisingly great and not at all fishy. Instead of fresh seafood, we went for fresh, seasonal peas. It added a bit of sweetness to the dish.
The dish turned out pretty well considering the amount of shortcuts we made. We know, it’s not the most traditional paella, but it made our lunches and dinners taste quite good that week.
Note to self: the pan we used was a little small for the portion we were making, so we have to half the portion next time.