Last weekend we have the privilege of being able to entertain Paul and Wendy Wright. They are very well known for their jewellery making and theirs stocks of fine jewels. We were joined by my brother Michael and his wife Angela who came over from Spain especially for the weekend.
Paul said that he would stay with us over the weekend if we would allow him to make a paella. We knew that he was serious when he carried his paella pan into our kitchen before his suitcases.
Now all of you who go to Spain on a regular basis know that paella is the name of the pan in which the rice is cooked. The rice used in the pan is usually of the short-grain variety. This is to allow the rice to absorb more liquid.
It is then up to the individual genius of the cook to determine the ingredients. Some use a variety of fish – along with eels and snails. Other cooks swear that there is a need to add quantities of chicken to add bulk and substance. Paul added the rice after the food had been simmering for about twenty minutes.
So all year you have been adding the ingredients that your child has needed as the Eleven Plus examinations have approached. You have been adding a little verbal reasoning and some non verbal reasoning. You have been working through papers purchased from the great books shops of the land. You have been buying papers off the internet and down loading free papers. You have been listening to other parents and adding your ideas. You have chatted to your teachers and the head teacher. Some of you will have provided your child with extra lessons. At other times the whole family will have united to solve problems and move the preparation on.
When you have a short time left to go to the examination don’t try to add anything extra. Just let it all simmer in your child’s mind. Don’t be tempted to do just that little bit more because whatever you do at the last minute may come of `half cooked’.
You have heated the big pan. You have given your child the best possible preparation. Just let your child rest for a short time before the actual day of the examination. After all every cook knows that you leave paella to rest for about five minutes before serving with wedges of lemon.
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