I think it’s a good sign how well someone knows you when they throw caution (or convention?) to the wind, and give you a frozen haunch of venison as a wedding present….
There are some things which are very smug-making to have in a fridge. A bowl of fruit compote, for example. A bundle of herbs all lovingly wrapped in damp kitchen roll, a jar of homebrew kimchi, or a tub of bircher….
There are lots of ingredients I’m happy to skimp on, but paprika isn’t one of them. It’s worth spending a little bit extra on something which, when you take the lid off, you think ‘phwoar’ now this is exciting. So when I was at the Boqueria Market a couple of weeks ago, I did just that, and bought myself some new tins to replace the dusty dregs in my store cupboard….