No one enjoyed a good party more than my dad George Fontanals. I don’t know what is going on in Saltaire these days but from the mid-60’s on into the early 80’s, Saltaire seemed like one big cocktail party which might or might not move on into dinner. One of George’s dinner party staples was his famed Paella.
Georgiana M Hull (Georgie) managed to get George’s recipe down on paper in her wonderful Fire Island Cookbook. The book, a collection of seafood recipes from the town’s locals, is a veritable who’s who from the Saltaire Happy Hour Set in around 1972.
I have used this recipe with pretty good results, but I would suggest a few things:
· Give yourself plenty of time. (like the entire day)
· You must track down a paella pan to accommodate the # you are feeding.
· Don’t forget the Saffron!!
...Emily’s mother calls the children to breakfast. Emily is surprised at how young her mother looks. Emily cries out:"I can’t bear it. They’re so young and beautiful. Why did they ever have to get old? I can’t look at everything hard enough. ”Emily comes downstairs; her mother says:“Birthday or no birthday, I want you to eat your breakfast good and slow. ”Emily: “Oh, Mama, just look at me one minute as though you really saw me .”Emily turns to the Stage Manager:“I can’t go on. It goes so fast. We don’t have time to look at
one another ”-Our Town