Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bomba Rice at Gourmet Fusion

We have now added authentic Bomba Rice from Valencia, Spain to our range of Spanish food products, great to use with our polished steel paella pans.

If you are not familiar with , it is a rice which has a very hard grain, thus allowing it to absorb more liquid (and flavor) than any other rice in the world. It is, therefore, an ideal choice when cooking paella, or saffron rice, where the rice is cooked in the broth and slowly absorbs the liquid as part of the recipe, rather than pouring the liquid away, as with boiled rice.

The beauty of bomba rice is that it is practically impossible to fail with this rice. It cannot be over-cooked, maintains its consistency, and never becomes sticky. Even though it absorbs more liquid than ordinary rice varieties, the grains remain separate and individually loose from one another. It has a wonderful mild flavor, that will not interfere with even the most subtle of flavors.

Bomba rice is expensive, but if you're looking to prepare an amazing paella, it is worth the extra cost. Gourmet Fusion has the smaller bag, 1.1lb (500g) in stock, as we thought it was a good size to try out the rice, without spending a huge amount. Our Bomba Rice is Certified Origin Paella Rice from the L'Albufera Nature Preserve in Valencia, Spain, and retails for $6.99. It can be found online or in our Solana Beach store at Leaping Lotus.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer I-Pot Sale!

It's time for our summer I-Pot sale once again at the Gourmet Fusion store. All I-pots are 20% off their regular retail price until July 21st. We have most colors available, and offer the 17oz size (shown) and the 24oz, as well as the 17oz Cattitude.

If you are not familiar with I-pots (short for infuser pots) they are ceramic with a double mesh stainless steel infuser inside, that lifts out, and a flip up stainless steel lid. The lid clips on and off for easy washing. All parts of the teapot are microwave and dishwasher safe, and they are made of colorful lead-free ceramic.

You can buy them online and in our Gourmet Fusion store at the Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Paella Pans at Gourmet Fusion Store

Our ever popular polished steel paella pans are back in the Gourmet Fusion store. We are stocking the slightly smaller 13" size, as this is the ideal fit for most domestic stove tops, so that your paella (or any other dish) heats through properly with no cold spots. This size serves up to 5 people.

Manufactured by Garcima, Spain's premier pan manufacturer, our polished steel pan is the traditional pan of Spain, and offers exceptional value at $19.99.

Paella Pan Care

Before first use boil several cups of water in the pan to remove the clear protective finish, and remove the label. Follow this by washing the pan by hand with mild soap and then dry with a soft dish towel. Finally, rub a small amount of oil on the pan prior to storage to prevent rust.

Additional Tips
  • Never store a pan wet or allow to air dry; dry it immediately.
  • Do not put your polished steel pan in the dishwasher.
  • Always oil a pan before storage to prevent rust.
  • Discoloration is normal (turning blue/black) and is an indication that your pan is seasoned properly.
  • If you pan does rust, simply clean off the rust with a scouring pad or light sandpaper, then re-oil.
Ideal for barbecues, beach parties and picnics, Gourmet Fusion Paella Pans can be found online, at our Solana Beach store in the Leaping Lotus, or at the San Diego Little Italy Mercato (Saturdays), and the La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market (Sundays).