Silver Travel Cook Club - July 2019

CV Villas Recipe of the Month

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Silver Travel Cook ClubCV VillasThis month our Silver Travel Cook Club welcomes back CV Villas as Guest Editors with a fabulous recipe for traditional Spanish Paella. Plus you could win a copy of  Brindisa, The True Food of Spain.

Francesc is a talented Catalan chef, born in a small city called Tarrega outside Barcelona, who trained for 5 years in the cookery school of Lleida.

By the time he left Spain in 2005 he had three years’ experience as a Head Chef and had worked at a range of the most prestigious restaurants including 3-star Michelin restaurant El Celler de Can Roca and hotels in Spain such as 5-star Luxury Hotel Relais & Chateaux Mas de Torrent in Girona.

Since living in London, Francesc has grown to love traditional British cooking and has worked with chefs such as Gordon Ramsay. He currently splits the summer season between the Costa Brava and Ibiza, which he has been doing for the last 10 years.

Francesc has a small company specializing in private catering and events and has cooked for a range of celebrities and very important people; though he insists that he puts the same amount of love and passion into his work when he cooks for his family and friends.

“Fresh, local & organic are the key ingredients for a successful meal and I always recommend Catalan and local wines, I especially like a vineyard in Formentera called Bodega Terramoll.”

Francesc has kindly shared one of his favourite recipes with us, for traditional Spanish paella.

Mixed paella by Francesc

Recipe: Mixed Paella

Ingredients (for 8): 

  • Paella base
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 grated tomatoes
  • 1 cuttlefish
  • 100g pancetta or sausages or chorizo
  • 8 chicken wings
  • A pinch of saffron
  • A pinch of chopped parsley
  • 500g bomba rice or paella rice
  • 1 litre of fish or chicken stock (I prefer fish)
  • 16 mussels
  • 16 clams
  • 16 prawns
  • 8 langoustines 


Francesc•  We start the paella by cooking the prawns and langoustines in a paella pan with a generous drizzle of EVO oil. Cook them for one minute each side and reserve.

•  Chop small onions, garlic & pepper and cook them all together in the paella pan on a low heat, stirring often until the onion is a caramel colour.

•  At that point add the rest of ingredients of the paella base and cook slowly for another 20 minutes.

•  When the paella base is ready, we can add the rice and mix it all together.

•  Bring the stock to boil in a pot and then pour it over the paella pan, the rice will take around 15 minutes to cook.

•  When 5 minutes have passed, add the mussels and clams so they will open nicely.

•  5 minutes later, add the prawns and langoustines.

•  Decorate the paella nicely with all the seafood on top, we can add some strings of roasted red pepper, and some chopped parsley.

Francesc has worked as a chef in a selection of CV Villas properties in Ibiza including Villa Ca’n Castello and Ca’n Caballos. He now owns his own catering company, and is available to cook for you in all of the CV villas in Ibiza.

If you’re feeling inspired to start planning a Spanish adventure, browse the CV Villas selection of villas in Spain and The Balearics.  

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  • DRSask
    about 2 years ago
    I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant. It was on the beach in Marbella in 2004. We parked by the old town and walked west along the beach. There was a sand sculpture contest happening close to the marina and we watched some of the sculptors for a while. It was a gloriously sunny day and we passed many restaurants as we continued walking along the beach. When we had walked as far as was navigable on the sand we reached our destination, the last restaurant. We had a delicious fish lunch then my hosts (aunt and uncle) remembered that the restaurant didn’t take credit cards. Neither my aunt nor uncle had any cash but I had just enough to cover the bill. On our walk back to the old town we stopped at another restaurant on the beach that did take credit cards and had a drink. While there we saw a party order the fixings for Sangria which they mixed themselves at the table. My aunt and I looked at each other and nodded – we have those ingredients back at the villa. When we got home we made up a pitcher of Sangria and played scrabble on the patio overlooking the Med. We wouldn’t let my uncle go to bed until we had finished the pitcher!
  • Hardyplant
    about 2 years ago
    The only time I've had paella in Spain was at a sherry cum tapas bar in Jerez. The 4 people in our party each ordered something they fancied and we shared the dishes, but then we were brought an additional dish containing paella, presumably because they thought it was what English people would like. It was ok but nothing special. However, the most delicious dish I ate in Spain was in Baeza, Andalusia, at the Xavi Taberna - a dish of baby broad beans and ham cooked in a tomato based sauce topped with two fried eggs.
  • HMJ
    over 2 years ago
    And cheap ESW!
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    That sounds really civilised HMJ!
  • HMJ
    over 2 years ago
    My favourite Spanish meal was a tapas tour of Granada - It really introduced us to the idea of a free tapas with each drink and often we simply grazed round bars rather than having a formal dinner as it was so hot.
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    Silver Travel treated me to a Solos holiday “Flavours of Spain” which included a cookery demonstration. We were shown how to make a traditional Spanish omelette and how to turn it over without it falling to pieces. It looked so easy until I tried it when I got back home...
  • Laume
    over 2 years ago
    I love tapas and one of my favourite is prawns and garlic, the best I tasted was on a beach in Grand Canary they were delicious.
  • Sararose
    over 2 years ago
    We had tapas in a small cafe in a mountain village. One of the many plates was particularly delicious with a very tasty sauce, I didn't find out what it was until I had eaten every last morsel and wiped the plate clean with crusty bread. I was astonished when I found out it was tripe, something I had refused to even taste back in England!
  • doublet
    over 2 years ago
    Churros with icing sugar and a cup of coffee on the side.