19.8.12

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!


bouillabaisse

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.

27 comments :

  1. I love the buttery, sun-shiny tones in these shots. You and S are so alike! I look forward to my invitation for lunch on the balcony ;) x

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  2. Does the dress belong to you or your sister? gorgeous!!

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    1. It's my sister's dress... I was so happy that she came dressed to coordinate my table linen! ;) x

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  3. the dress is soo beautiful! a night with a sister must be really nice. i do not have any sibligs and i hate it!
    the table looks soo good and i am sure that this evening was soo brilliant. hope you gonna have some more of those!

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  4. Sigh, that dress! That seafood!

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  5. It all looks so wonderful, I can almost smell the food.

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  6. It all looks totally gorgeous xx

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  7. Oh the citris dress is beautiful, just lovely!! Sisters, great for borrowing clothes, so glad i have a bunch of daughters too. Love Posie

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  8. Gosh I thought that was you! You are so alike! Her dress is stunning.. I need me an orange dress. Beautiful images, as always xx

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  9. Makes me feel like moving further north where late winter allows sun dresses and outdoor eating! Gorgeous...

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  10. Marseille? yes, i'm dreaming of Marseille.

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  11. And that looks all about PERFECT! Thank you for sharing with us x

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  12. I just love that room. The shutters are to die for!

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  13. It all looks so wonderful. Bon appetit!
    Katie

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  14. That dress ..OH! its perfection! Where is it from?

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    1. Steph's dress is from an Australian store called 'tree of life'. x

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  15. Simply beautiful Claire. x

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  16. Your dress is divine! And the table setting looks so whimsical : )

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  17. love!


    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  18. I love setting a table for a special date...such a beautiful insight into your day with your sister. Oh that dress! I thought that one was open for Em to say Fruity! x

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  19. Oh, it all looks so beautiful and the food looks delish. Scott has been away working and I'm ashamed to say we've been eating rubbish (though I make sure the kids have their fruit and veg, but still...) whilst we've been on our own and infront of the tv! You've inspired me to make a nice meal in a lovely setting. xx

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  20. What a gorgeous day with your sister and with such delicious food.
    Just stunning!

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  21. This post brought so much sunshine to my day. Everything about it - the food, your dress, the flowers, your girl, the lighting...
    Ronnie xo

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