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My latest favourite recipe

I already mentioned this recipe on my last post, however, as I cooked it again last night, I wanted to put here my own adapted version.

Spiced Fish Soup

Ingredients for 4 people (or serves two people for two days, which is what I do)

• 5 tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil
• 2 ½ tablespoons brown mustard seeds
• a handful of fresh curry leaves
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 1 teaspoon medium curry powder
• 1½ teaspoons chilli powder
• 2 teaspoons turmeric
• 2 large thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
• 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
• 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
• 2 handfuls of basmati rice
• 600ml water
• 600g fish (I get “Fish Pie Mix” from the Fish Tesco counter -Salmon, Cod and Haddock- and some prawns too)
• 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• juice of 2 limes

In a big pan, heat up the oil and add the Spices (mustard seeds, cumin, garam masala, chilli powder, curry powder, turmeric and curry leaves). Cook for a few minutes, but be careful because after a couple of minutes the mustard seeds will start jumping like popcorn everywhere. Put a lid on when this starts to happen and cook for another minute or so. Next add the onions, garlic and ginger (I put the garlic and ginger in a garlic crusher for better results – see picture below). Continue cooking until the onions are soft. Then add the rice and water (put the rice in first, give everything a good stir and then add the water). Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add your fish and the coconut milk with a pinch of salt. Put the lid on the pan and simmer for a further 10 minutes, then stir well to break up the pieces of fish. Taste and correct the seasoning with salt and pepper, then just before you serve it squeeze in the lime juice.

It’s so easy to make. The only “difficulty” lies in getting all the ingredients ready first. Then you just chuck them all in a pan and it’s done.

I took the time to take a few nice pictures of all the ingredients as I was getting them ready, but completely forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Doh! Have a look at the piccies:
Vegetable oil Finely chopped onions Garlic
Vegetable oil                  Finely chopped onions                     Garlic

Fresh ginger   Crushed garlic and ginger
Fresh ginger                                        Crushed garlic and ginger

Mustard seeds   Cumin
Mustard seeds                                     Cumin

Garam masala   Mild chilli powder
Garam masala                                    Chilli Powder

Curry Powder   Curry leaves
Medium Curry Powder                     Curry leaves

Prawns   “Fish Pie” Mix
Prawns                                                 Fish Pie Mix

Rice Coconut milk Water
Basmati Rice                                      Coconut milk                 Water

Salt   Pepper
Salt                                                        Pepper

                              Limes
                              Limes

Cooking Spanish food!

I’ve been on the Spaniards forum for more than a year now. I didn’t have great beginnings there, but bad things are easily forgotten and I’ve kept on participating more and more with time. I’ve been quite addicted to it in the last few months, and I must admit that I’ve met some very nice people there.

Well, the thing is that as Spaniards living abroad, we all are always trying to “connect” with those little details that we miss the most about Spain, and the most recurrent topic is always food. And I love food, that is a fact, so I don’t really need much encouraging or challenging in order to get in the kitchen and practice!

It all started with the simple and basic: Jamón and Queso Manchego. I’ve been able to find some Jamon Serrano in tesco but it’s really not worth it. It’s far too pricey and it’s not even a very nice one. However, I have found some proper, real extra mature Queso Manchego:

Queso
Bought from a local Spanish food importer – Quite good value for money!

Then there was a craze about Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelettes = potato and onion omelette). Everybody in the forum, and I mean everybody, was making them and posting their pictures. And of course, I wasn’t going to not take the challenge!

Tortilla
Quite proud of how well this one turned up!

Then someone reminded me of “Arroz a la cubana” which is a dish that my mum used to make a lot for dinner when I was little. It consists of rice (boiled and fried with garlic and german “frankfurt-style” sausages) with tomato sauce (similar to passata, but sweeter) and a fried egg on top. I remember this dish very well, it was one of my favourite ones as a child. So I decided to try my luck.
What a disaster. I think the problem was that the ingredients were all wrong. I couldn’t get the right sausages, the rice was basmati and the passata was tasteless! (how much I miss “Fruco“!)

Arroz a la cubana
Not even looking that apetizing!

And last but not least, my latest creation has been “croquetas”. This is a very traditional Spanish dish. It’s basically made to take advantage of chicken left overs from roasts or casseroles, etc. The ingredients are: chicken leftovers, onion, flour, milk and stock. You’ll also need a couple of eggs and breadcrumbs. The theory is very simple and I had watched my mum making these for years and years, however, something, somewhere went wrong and I could simply not shape the “dough” into the croqueta shape. Nonetheless, they were super tasty and were highly enjoyed. I will just need some more practice to get the consistency of the dough just right!

 

Croquetas
They are supposed to be rounder and homogeneous!

 

Apart from all these, I have also cooked “estofado de cordero” (lamb stew) and Spanish-style rice, although you could never call it paella, it was quite tasty and nice. Let’s see what typical recipe I try next!