Made Paella Canadenca today...
A Canadian in Catalan is a Canadenca. Like, "Can a dink...ah"...drive a car?
It sounds so stupid, but you get used to it.
I had to change the recipe up, first of all, vegetarian, a stretch for most Catalan recipes....then I added my secret sauce. The ultimate make everything taste better (though maybe not chocolate)....Thai/Vietnamese fish sauce. God's greatest gift to humanity. Maybe humanity's greatest gift to humanity, whatever. I brought four litre and a half bottles when we left on the boat, and replaced every year.
It is, however, not even faintly traditional.
The other excitement is that our neighbours have a RAT. Now, rats are actually kind of cute, and I have even had a pair as a pet for a year when I babysat them for a friend...but wild rats, eying your home as a potential buffet....not so cool.
I mentioned it to the guys downstairs, they had a rather hilarious (to me) five minutes of looking. They were not exactly the image of brave warriors vanquishing the evil from the home and hearth. Two nervous guys with one broom between them would be more like it. Funny. Glad they aren't defending me from bears or anything, and with the raccoons? Definitely I was more brave. Just sayin'.
I saw the rat on Saturday, on the neighbour's back terrace, which doesn't connect to our place without a longish exposed pipe-climb(Thank god) with a firmly and now semi-permanently closed window and door at the top. I SO do not want rats. Eldest saw one on Sunday, and I saw one, or maybe two today...they were talking to each other so I get the distinct impression there is more than one. Sort of like mice and roaches, if you see one, you've got 20, if you see two, 40...three...you don't want to know.
They hung around so long, I even got a photo,
He's not so cute in the close up is he....kinda beady eyed...