So, thats my mom^^…. you’ve seen her many times on the blog before… cause well… I love her (obviously, she’s my mom). You’ve seen her Florida visits, and my trip to visit her, and her beautiful home. She is pretty amazing and all the great things a mother should be: loving, strong, beautiful, unconditionally supportive, and of course: a great cook. Today my mother will be posting with a vegan recipe she prepares especially for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂
-Please note when she says: “especial” instead of “special”… you gotta love hispanic mothers 🙂
-my mom wanted you to know the colors are off on the final dish. The peppers and tomatoes aren’t supposed to be a weird pink color.
-she also wanted you to know… she doesn’t care for the fake sausage (neither do I), and she never actually uses it, but thought it might be a good addition to the dish for those of you who enjoy mock meat.
-my mom’s photos may have made this recipe seem much more intimidating than it actually is. This recipe does require a lot of love and a bit of time… but I’m sure with a bit of patience anyone can make this wonderful dinner (or lunch… or breakfast) dish.
The “Vegan Paella” post I promised to my daughter a couple of weeks ago it’s finally here. I am happy to share it because I absolutely love Paella and everything that it represents to me. I can’t think of Paella without thinking of especial moments with family and good friends together around the dinner table always with Spanish music, a good red wine, (a Spanish Rioja is always best) and of course…in a nice wine glass. Also, candles, laughter and more laughter, the aroma of saffron, the flavor of a thick and extra virgin olive oil and everything else that always brings me back to my Spanish heritage.
For the ones than don’t know me, I absolutely love cooking… cooking for me goes beyond the simple preparation of a meal to become an expression of art in many forms, colors, flavors, textures. To me, it is a way to express love and a way to nurture the ones I love … my kids and my husband are witness to that. I love cooking from scratch and I am all about using fresh herbs and ingredients and organic when possible. I support regional farmers, I like the little meat and eggs I eat to be grass feed, antibiotic and hormones free, cage free and organic fed. I am not vegan but I consider myself a 90% vegetarian. I have always been or at least try to be a healthy eater but my awareness and appreciation for even healthier food choices these days is all thanks to my daughter ‘s influence . She is my inspiration to healthy living and healthy eating and I have nothing but respect for her values against animal cruelty and for her profound appreciation and respect for nature. I Love you Andreita, this recipe for Vegan Paella is dedicated to you.