One of the mottos of this blog is to explore food fusions. I have written about a few already and I intend to write many many more. Shout out to the creators of So you think you can cook. The group has just linked me to a Spanish chef. Chef Gonin of Valenicia Gastronomic and I am already very excited to work with him to create Nigerian-Spanish food fusions. He has mentioned dishes like paella, sangria, seafood rice and fideuà and I intend to pick his brain for much more. The beauty of the internet. Spanish food is probably the closest Western cuisine to Nigerian food. We have many ingredients in common, similar cooking styles, we also share our love for hot and spicy food. I work with people in Valencia and the Spanish accent is muy caliente – english for crazy hot. Lol. One thing people love the Spaniards for. Lol. I’ve had good food and great memories holidaying in Spain, so I am pleased to be journeying there through my kitchen. Stay tuned for many Spanish recipes that you can re-create in your home. To my readers in Nigeria, don’t worry I’ve got your back. As I wrote earlier, we have many ingredients in common, so my recipes will not be alien or foreign. I definitely have you guys in mind and you will be able to source the ingredients locally. Dooney’s Kitchen aims to introduce something new in your homes, so get ready. Lol.
First on the list, he has introduced me to his recipe for Paella Valenciana and I will prepare it. I’m thoroughly psyched to be in touch with a chef from Spain. It doesn’t get better than that. You know you always make a more authentic version of a meal when you talk to a native from the dish’s place of origin. I learnt that from Katie my Italian friend. Paella is something you can easily cook wrong, just like Spaghetti Bolognese which the Italians are pissed about.
I’m on the hunt now for an Indian, a French person and someone from Northern Africa and the Middle East. If anyone from the group is reading this and you are a foodie from those places or you cook their dishes so well, holla at me please and let us exchange food ideas. I already have some ideas of my own but I will like for a native to validate and refine them. Thank you in advance.