Saint Teresa of Avila and Paella

While this classic Spanish dish Paella, originated as a ordinary farmers work lunch, this version is far from ordinary. I cant think of a better way to honor Saint Teresa of Avilas Feast day.


Teresa of Avila was born on March 28, 1515.  At an early age Teresa was fascinated by the accounts of the lives of the Saints. She lost her mother when she was fourteen and this grief caused her to develop a deeper devotion to the Virgin Mary.

She was sent to a convent as a teenager and became ill. She began to have visions. She entered the Carmelite order in 1535 when she was 18 years old. The order was supposed to be a cloister order but it was very lax.  Theresa with the blessing of Pope Pius IV worked to reform the Carmelite order.

Before her death in Alba Spain on October 15, 1582 at the age of 67,  she founded 32 reformed convents.

Saint Teresa is the patron Saint of Headache sufferers.

40 years after her death she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.

Looking for other Paella recipes check out The Wise Shopper I love that she made homemade Chicken stock. Dang and I just used the canned stuff.


Peace be with you,