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    Monday, August 31, 2009

    A Pescartarian’s Delight

    First a Prawn Gratin inspired by Jacques Pepin
    Jacques has an excellent TV Programme currently showing on Food TV called “Fast Food My Way” which I just love. He is one of America’s Favourite Chefs, I have read his biography "The Apprentice" and find him a fascinating man.
    I had to make this dish
    For 3 people

    300 gms tiger prawns shelled and deveined
    6-7 white button mushrooms sliced
    1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

    Olive oil
    White wine - slurp.

    100gms butter melted
    Freshly ground black pepper,
    Sea salt
    Spring onion, chopped
    Parsley, chopped
    3 cloves garlic crushed

    Mix together the butter, S & P , Spring onions garlic and parsley
    Throw in the Prawns and Mushrooms
    Place everything into a gratin dish
    Moisten the breadcrumbs with a little olive oil
    Sprinkle over some white wine

    Bake 400C 15 minutes

    I served it with a crunchy Broccoli Slaw click here for the recipe.

    Now my take on Fish Chowder
    I always use full cream milk when I make creamy soups.
    That trim milk seems to curdle and quite often sticks to the pan making it really hard to clean the pot.
    (Plus I am anti low fat milk).

    200 gms white fish (I used Gurnard) Cut into 2.5 cm pieces

    1 large potato peeled - cut into small cubes
    4 spring onions
    50 gms butter
    Sea Salt and Freshly ground black pepper

    2 med tomatoes
    1 cup frozen peas

    1 litre full cream milk

    100 gms grated cheese

    Chop white end of spring onions reserve green tops
    Place butter in pan and when melted
    Add onions and chopped potatoes.
    Season with S & P
    Sauté about 2 minutes
    Cover with water and simmer till potatoes are fork tender

    Meanwhile cut tomatoes into quarters
    Remove seeds and core and place in a sieve
    Squash the juice out the seeds into the potato mix.
    That tomato water has great flavour.
    Slice tomato flesh
    Add with frozen peas to pan

    Add milk
    Just bring to the boil. Turn down immediately and simmer for a couple of minutes
    Add fish
    Let simmer another 5 minutes

    Add grated cheese and the green tops of the spring onion which have been sliced.
    Check seasoning and adjust if necessary



    Buda said...

    Oh god. Those recipes are divine!

    So Simple said...

    Thanks yes they are pretty good.