Two words: blue paella. What is blue paella? It’s actually regular paella, the only difference is in the color of the rice. Instead of the usual yellow hue (because of the saffron), the rice is bright blue, thanks to the blue pea flower.
The dish is made by Chef Jaja Andal and will be served at the “Feast of Colors” this weekend at Restaurant Verbena of Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay. Along with other chefs, including the Nancy Reyes-Lumen, created a special menu inspired by the colors of Tagaytay. And it’s also a celebration of the art of Filipino home cooking.
The special weekend lunch is actually inspired by the recent charity dinner of Chef Sau del Rosario, who was also inspired by colors.
“We thought of doing colors because of Tagaytay. Tagaytay is fresh, young, colorful, lots of fresh produce, salad greens, and flowers. We were inspired by chef Sau when he did a menu on colors. It is a celebration of the different colors of food,” says Chef Nancy.
Aside from chefs Nancy and Jaja, Discovery chefs, including Food and Beverage director of The Discovery Leisure Inc. Anthony Raymond and Discovery Country Suites resident manager Rhea Sycip shared their recipes for the special lunch buffet, which will happen on Aug. 13 and 14.
Besides the paella, Chef Jaja is also in charge of the appetizers, which will include the talangka pâté (representing color orange) and vegetable salad with edible flowers. Chef Nancy, on the other hand, will feature the ham-like Rodrigo’s Roast, a recipe from her The Adobo Book, which will represent the color brown. She will also include the beef mechado paprika, an incredibly tender dish that uses overripe tomatoes and is cooked for hours. The mechado will represent the color red.
Discovery chefs will serve two types of duck adobo including adobong Batangas that uses fresh turmeric and coconut milk, which will represent the color yellow. There will also be other multi-colored dishes including seafood bicol express, crispy whole lapu-lapu, among others.
For the desserts, it’s pastry chef Rhea Sycip who is in charge of baking the sweet endings including the green avocado sponge cake, the white langka quezo de bola cheesecake, and the purple ube chiffon cake.
The Feast of Colors lunch weekend is available on August 13 and 14 from 11:00am to 3:00pm, at P1,200 nett. / Discovery Country Suites, 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City /+632 529 817 / firstname.lastname@example.org / visit http://www.discoverycountrysuites.com / Facebook/DiscoveryCountrySuites