I know I have to post this sooner or later--so here it is...*drum roll*... Arroz a la Valenciana, a mainstay in our noche buena and media noche spread. I guess it's an Ilonggo thing. My mom cooked this for Christmas, then another round of slicing and dicing for the New Year. My brother took care of the cooking on New Year's eve---I was the official taster and eater only. Everybody was anticipating this dish, even the neighbors. Don't get me wrong, I love Valenciana--I just don't get cravings for it.
I am willing to experiment when it comes to cooking and suggested to use saffron instead of turmeric for a change. But this is my grandmother's recipe and my mom is a stickler to the "old ways", she didn't want to tweak anything. She gave in to my tiny suggestion of adding cashew nuts.
Arroz a la Valenciana is a typical Latin American dish, referred to as a Latin American version of Valencian paella. Valencian paella has saffron, while the Latin American version has tomato sauce and beer or wine. The Filipino version has turmeric.
Valencia is a city in the Iberian Peninsula.