Several of us on Twitter who often bake and cook together decided to follow Nancy’s suggestion and do a new chef each month like we did in 2011. I was a huge slacker and have not participated since September when we cooked with Nigella Lawson. I had great intentions but time was not on my side.

Now that it is a new year I will try and do better.

The Chef this month is Donna Hay. Donna Hay is an Australian food stylist, author, and magazine editor. She has 14 cookbooks and is an award winning author. Her cookbooks are known for their simple recipes and beautiful photography. Kayte has been wanting to try some of her dishes, so here we are!!!

Chicken, Prawn and Tomato Paella

    1½ tablespoon olive oil
    1 x 200g chicken breast fillet, trimmed and chopped
    200g green (raw) prawns (shrimp), tails intact
    1 small brown onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
    ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
    ¾ cup (150g) medium-grain rice
    1 x 400g can diced tomatoes
    1 ¼ cup (310ml) chicken stock
    flat-leaf parsley leaves and lemon wedges, to serve

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over high heat.
Add the chicken and prawns and cook for 4–5 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Set aside and keep warm.
Add the remaining oil to the pan with the onion, garlic, chilli and paprika and cook for 2 minutes or until softened. Add the rice, tomato and stock, reduce heat to low and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
Cook for 20–25 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Stir through the chicken and prawns and cook for a further 1 minute.
Top with parsley and serve with lemon wedges. (Serves 2).

I doubled the recipe because I was feeding 3. It was aperfect pick because we had just picked up some fresh shrimp at The Gulf Coast this weekend and I was really craving some good shrimp. We spend the weekend in Bay St. Louis, a little town on the Gulf Coast.

It was one of the towns almost completely destroyed by Katrina in 2005. It is coming back, slowly, but the beach is nice. Even when it is chilly outside.

While Donna calls this a paella I call it a Jambalaya and make one similar to this several times a year. {Someday i will post THAt SOUTHERN recipe!}

Meanwhile enjoy this one!!!