seafood, sunshine & sisterhood
This weekend my sister Stephanie came to visit for a late lunch. The weather was glorious, so we moved the dining table onto the front verandah where we could enjoy early afternoon sun streaming in through floor-to-ceiling shutters.
I scattered the table with glass bud vases containing dried blooms and foliage. (When I buy fresh flowers, I usually keep any blooms or greenery that dry beautifully. Our home is filled with branches and dried stems - there's something so beautiful about the muted tones and papery texture of decayed plant life. And the cost effectiveness is a total bonus!).
It was perfect seafood weather, so I sent Paddy to the fish monger and he returned home with a bag full of fresh, local seafood which we prepared into the most delicious soup - a classic french bouillabaisse. We used a Donna Hay recipe which was really simple and easy to follow. Not to mention healthy and delicious!
3 Tablesoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 leek, trimmed and sliced
1 medium red chilli, seeded and chopped
10 saffron threads
1 tablespoon boiling water
400g can peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped
8 cups fish stock
500 g snapper fillets, cubed
2 x 300g raw sand crabs, cleaned and cut into 6 pieces
12 medium raw prawns, peeled, tails intact
8 scallops in half shell (ours were without shell)
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
Heat a large saucepan over med-high heat. Add the oil, onion, fennel, leek and chilli and cook for 6 minutes or until soft and golden. Meanwhile, place the saffron threads in a bowl, pour over boiling water and set aside for 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, saffron (and liquid) and stock to the pan. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the snapper, crab pieces, prawns and scallops to the broth and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir through the parsley and serve with croutons. Serves 4 as a main meal.
Posted by one claire day at 15:26