Friday, 29 August 2008

Summer Seafood Stew

So. The brief for last night's dinner:
  • Quick
  • Prepared in advance
  • Very tasty
  • Healthy if at all possible
Because Paul was likely to be working late, so I needed to have it on the verge of readiness when he walked through the door. And I was coming down with a cold, so I wanted steam.

And Summer Seafood Stew was the result.

I prepared some of the fennel and orange confit that I used as a base for my fish pie (using manzanilla sherry instead of white wine because that was what was open in the fridge), without letting it reduce down all the way, then added a can of chopped tomatoes and left it to simmer very gently, covered until Paul got home (which turned out to be about 45 minutes later). Then 250g peeled green prawns (these were in a chilli and garlic marinade) and a sous-vide pack of mussels (in shallot and white wine sauce), 5 more minutes of cooking and some chopped parsley and there it was. Hearty, steamy, but still summery. Seafood loves that fennel and orange confit so much! In a perfect world we would have had some good bread to mop up with, but in the privacy of your own home, no one minds if you lick the plate.

11 comments:

alexandra's kitchen said...

sounds wonderful. what a great, quick, summer recipe. I love a good seafood stew. I've never purchased mussels sous-vide before. I'll have to keep my eye out for them.

kat said...

Oh may that looks much fancier than a quick dinner to me!

Foodycat said...

The mussels were great - only 1 didn't open! I never saw them like this in Australia, it may just be an English thing.

Minimum effort, maximum effect just the way I like it!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hi there foodycat. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hey, I love your stew. We don't have seafood here very often (we're in the middle of the desert)and I don't trust the quality of the seafood at the market. But as soon as I hear from the butcher about a new shipment, I'm going to try this. Looks yummy.

Foodycat said...

Thanks Teresa! It was very good. The fennel really adds something amazing.

Natashya said...

Oh, I had the bread! (Not the vollkornbrot) I could have come over!
We were shopping late and I bought a baguette to gnaw on in the car as I was starving.
Looks like a great dinner, hubby's fave. He loves seafood, never seen sous-vide mussels before though. I'll have to keep an eye out.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks lovely! So many goodies in there! I can't believe that qualifies as a quick dinner, it looks too beautiful!

Debinhawaii said...

Wow--that looks spectacular! Yes I could be happy with that bowl and a loaf of bread...

Dee said...

wow, that sounds fantastic. esp with the confit. definitely not what i would consider a quick dinner ;)

Foodycat said...

The confit is pretty quick to prepare, and then it just simmers away quietly. Overall, this needs less prep and attention than a stirfry!

Apples and Butter said...

fennel and orange confit??? I cannot wait to try! looks delicious!

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