Paella and Jambalaya are cousins. Paella is Spanish, saffron gives it its distinctive flavor. Jambalaya is a Creole dish of Spanish and French influence and relies on bay leaves, thyme, and cayenne pepper for a spicier kick. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. dried thyme in place of the saffron, would change this up fast. Can also use red pepper in place of artichokes, but why?