This month posting has been intentionally slow, but this post is unintentionally late — we had a prolonged internet outage, but service is back now, so I can tell you about this month's Daring Cooks Challenge. This month's host is Olga from Las Cosas de Olga (Spanish) and Olga's Recipes, and she chose a Spanish recipe, Rice with Mushrooms, Cuttlefish and Artichokes by José Andrés.

I made a few substitutions on this recipe: baby artichokes for regular, arborio rice for paella rice, and I didn't see any cuttlefish (although I admit I didn't look terribly hard), so I substituted a mix of squid and baby octopus. I also made a second batch with whole chicken thighs. I'd never made paella, or anything paella-like, before, and I was particularly impressed by how quickly the rice cooked up. Both the chicken and the seafood versions were delicious, although I found that I was adding much more sofregit that the recipe called for to boost the flavor — I actually think my sofregit was a little on the bland side because i didn't let it simmer long enough.

After we had some of each version of the dish for dinner with some salad and bread, I mixed the two together and have been eating the leftovers for lunch. Yum!

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