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  1. Cheesy Fish Pie by Jane Devonshire

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    This Cheesy Fish Pie Recipe by Jane Devonshire is definitely a hassle free recipe, not to mention it’s gluten free so coeliac friendly too!

    There are many ways to adapt this recipe, from the fish to the potatoes. It uses a variety of different fish and seafood, but don’t be limited to what is mentioned below, use what you have to hand. Why not try sweet potato or cauliflower mash instead of regular potatoes? The possibilities are many!

    We hope you enjoy!

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Peel – There are a lot of potatoes that need peeling for the mash in this recipe. Kids often love to do seemingly adult tasks thinking they are fun but if your kids need help making this ‘work’ fun try having a competition to make the longest potato skin ribbon and the winner gets a ______________(you fill in the blank). 

    Cornflour – Cornflour and water mixing is an age old experiment loved by young and old! It is very tactile and a great sensory play option. Either let your kiddos have their own tray of the cornflour and add small amounts of the water gradually, or let them help mix it in a mug below to help thicken the milk. 

    Recipe Courtesy Jane Devonshire MasterChef Champion 2016

    Serves: 4-6

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 500 g Filleted Cod, Skinned (Haddock or other white fish is fine)
    • 500 g Smoked Cod Fillet, Skinned (Again Haddock would be fine)
    • 200 g pack of Atlantic cold water prawns (use the large farmed ones if you want I just like the little cold water ones better)
    • 900 ml milk, semi skimmed is fine
    • 150 g strong cheddar grated
    • 150 g Parmesan grated
    • 1.5Kg King Edward potatoes peeled
    • 6 tbsp cornflour
    • Cold Water
    • 2 Bay Leaves
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Large knob of butter

    Cooking Method

    1. Peel the potatoes, chop and place into water, bring to the boil and simmer until tender for mashing.

    2. Whilst potatoes are cooking, put milk into a large pan and place onto stove top to simmer add the bay leaves.

    3. Put the cod loin and smoked cod into the milk make sure its covered. If not possible do in two batches. Simmer the fish until it just starts to cook and still a little translucent.

    4. Remove fish using a slotted spoon and place into your baking dish (do not discard the milk keep it in the pan). Gently flake it across the dish mixing the smoked and plain fish fillet evenly. Keep in chunks as we want to keep texture.

    5. Put the cornflour into a mug and mix with enough water or cold milk to form a smooth paste a bit thicker than double cream.

    6. Bring the fishy milk to the boil carefully stirring its quite easy to catch and burn it. Add the cornflour and stir until milk is bubbling and a thicker consistency. It should coat the back of the spoon. Quickly add in the cheeses and stir to combine.

    7. If there are a few bits of cheese not dissolved don’t worry they will do so in the oven but you should now have a lovely thick cheese sauce.

    8. Add salt and pepper to taste be careful with the salt the smoked fish is very salty. Remove the bay leaves.

    9. Gently pour the cheese sauce over the fish and evenly distribute the prawns over the top.

    10. Mash the potatoes with a large knob of butter and a spoon at a time evenly distribute over the top of the pie. Use a fork to fluff up and place in an oven gas mark 6. 180 for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

     

    To Serve:

    1. Jane loves to serve this with purple sprouting broccoli, steamed spinach or another dark green but choose the veg you love. This recipe is gluten free, as she uses cornflour to thicken the cheese sauce but please feel free to make your cheese sauce the traditional way using a roux. 

  2. Fish Chowder courtesy of our friends at field&flower

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    As the Autumn weather creeps in and our minds turn to soups and stews, it’s easy to forget the comfort to be had from a good piece of fish. Delicate flavour in a rich and creamy broth, a generous spoon of chilli and pleasing undertones of heat, our fish chowder has all the substance we crave in the winter months.

    Also, if you’re interested in entering a competition to win one of our Copper Tri-ply 24cm Stockpots and a fabulous 3-month field&flower subscription, make your way over to their website. Link here

    Recipe Courtesy of field&flower


    Serves: 8

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes

    Cooking Time: 30 minutes


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 2 x field&flower fish pie mix
    • 1 x field&flower streaky bacon, unsmoked
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 large onion, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
    • 2 tbsp plain flour
    • 1.2ml fish stock, made from 2 fish stock cubes
    • 1kg new potatoes, halved (or quartered if large)
    • 600ml milk
    • 300g frozen sweetcorn (or fresh)
    • 8 tbsp single cream
    • Pinch of chilli powder
    • Seasoning to taste

    Cooking Method

    1. Heat the oil in a stockpot or large saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion, bacon and garlic. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the onion is soft and the bacon is cooked. Stir regularly to avoid burning the garlic. Stir in the flour and cook for a further 2 minutes.
    2. Pour in the fish stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the potatoes, cover, then simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.
    3. Add the chilli powder, milk and seasoning to taste.
    4. Tip in the fish pie mix and gently simmer for 4 minutes. Add the cream and sweetcorn and simmer for 1 minute more.

    To serve

    1. Check the seasoning and serve with the spring onions on top.
  3. Sea bass, Red Mullet and Mussels with Bouillabaisse Sauce By Mark Dodson

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    You and your guests are in for a real treat with this fragrant fish soup recipe that we are delighted to bring to you by Mark Dodson. Provence inspired it makes for a wonderful dinner party main, garnished with crushed new season potatoes, leeks and monk’s beard.

    Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com

    Serves: 4

    Cooking Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 4 red mullet fillets, weighing approx. 100g each
    • 2 sea bass fillets, halved
    • 300g mussels
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 2 parsley stalks
    • 40ml white wine
    • Olive oil

    Bouillon

    • 400g fish bones and heads, from the sea bass and red mullet
    • 300g onions, finely chopped
    • 300g carrots, finely chopped
    • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 50g tomato purée
    • 150ml white wine
    • 1 splash of Pernod Ricard (optional)
    • 1l fish stock
    • 1 pinch of saffron
    • Sea salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper

    Garnish

    • 1 leek, sliced into 12 neat circles
    • 12 cherry plum tomatoes, blanched and skinned
    • 1 knob of butter
    • 12 new potatoes
    • 40g monks beard (a type of Mediterranean plant similar to samphire)

     Cooking Method

    1. Begin by making the bouillon. Clean the fish bones and remove the gills from the heads by washing in running water until the water runs clear. Drain in a colander and give it a shake to remove any excess liquid. Pour a little olive oil in two large pans and place both over a medium heat.
    2. Place the fish bones and heads in one pan and the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in the other. Cook both for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, then add the tomato purée to the vegetables. Deglaze the pan with the fish bones in with the white wine, then transfer the contents to the pan with the vegetables.
    3. Add the Pernod (if using), fish stock and saffron and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer then cook over a low heat for 2 hours, skimming off any scum, fat and oil that rises to the surface.
    4. While the bouillon is simmering, prepare the mussels. Heat a little oil in a saucepan and sweat the shallot until translucent. Discard any mussels with open shells and add the rest into the pan. Give the pan a shake and add the white wine and parsley stalks. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the mussel shells open. Tip them into a colander set over a bowl to retain the liquor and leave to cool. Pour the liquor through a fine sieve into the bouillon and reserve the mussels until ready to serve.
    5. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the new potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes or until tender, then drain and refresh in iced water. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes then season and set aside for reheating later.
    6. Once the bouillon has been simmering for a few hours remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan and reduce by one-third. Check for seasoning and set aside to reheat later.
    7. Heat a knob of butter in a pan over a medium heat and add the leeks and monks beard. Add a pinch of salt and pour in just enough water to cover. Cook for 5 minutes until softened, then add the tomatoes and keep warm.
    8. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Season the fish fillets and cook skin-side down until crisp (about 5 minutes). Meanwhile, reheat the bouillon and add the mussels to warm through.Provencal recipe by Mark Dodson
    9. Place a separate frying pan over a medium heat. Pour in a splash of oil and add the potatoes, crushing them lightly in your hands as you do so. Flip the fish and continue to fry until just cooked.

    To serve

    Place the crushed potatoes in the centre of a bowl and lay the fish carefully on top. Arrange the leeks around the fillets and top with the tomatoes. Pour the bouillon gently around the fish and garnish with the monks beard. Alternatively, place the fish, leeks, tomatoes and monks beard into the pan with the bouillon and bring to the table with the crushed potatoes on the side. Serve immediately.

     

  4. Wild Sea Trout cured in Douglas Fir Gin, Linseed Cracker and Pickled Vegetables by Jöro

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    Jöro‘s Chef Director Luke French has created yet another stunning Christmas recipe for us. This is an impactful starter which is easily made ahead of time.

    Luke chose Twisting Spirits Douglas Fir Gin to cure the wild sea trout. This gin is distilled over Douglas Fir pine needles which lend a unique, Christmassy aroma and flavour. The background flavours of the gin, grapefruit, lemon and cut grass, provide a lovely counter-balance to the oily goodness of the wild sea trout. Twisting Spirits forage for the Douglas Fir pine needles locally to their South Oxfordshire micro distillery. If you are looking for the perfect gift for gin lovers this Christmas look no further than Twisting Spirits’ Selection Gift Packs which include the Douglas Fir Gin, a Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass Gin and an Earl Grey Gin.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro Trout

    This recipe will help you get ahead at Christmas as it can (and should!) all be made before the day. The trout needs a few days to cure, so make sure you build time in for that and the linseed crackers can be baked and stored in an air-tight box for up to a week. If you haven’t got time to pickle your own vegetables make sure to pick up a jar of pickled vegetables to accompany the dish. Jöro’s recipe for pickled vegetables is very quick and easy, check it out here.

    ProWare Christmas Recipes Joro

    Serves: 6 as a starter

    Prep time Trout:  15 minutes

    Resting time: 3 days in the fridge

    Prep time Crackers: 15 minutes

    Cooking time: 50-60 minutes


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    Trout

    • 1 x 500/600g piece of wild sea trout, de-scaled and de-boned
    • 1 bottle of Twisting Spirits Co. Douglas Fir Gin (available online, of course you can use any kind of gin, Douglas Fir just tastes like Christmas!)
    • 100g sea salt
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 5 green juniper seeds
    • 1 small branch of Douglas Fir (Christmas/pine tree), needles removed
    • 1 jar pickled vegetables to serve.

    Crackers

    • 350ml water
    • 2.5g table salt
    • 20g potato starch
    • 50g linseeds
    • 15g white sesame seeds
    • 15g black sesame seeds
    • 20g sunflower seeds

    Cooking Method

    For the Trout:

    1. Begin by scoring the skin of the trout every few centimetres but taking care not to cut into the flesh.
    2. To cure the trout: add the salt, sugar, juniper and pine needles to the bowl of a food processor and blend to a fine powder. Pour into a bowl and add the gin liberally until a thick slurry is formed and the mixture is beautifully aromatic and boozy.
    3. In a tray place a large but even layer of double lined cling film and then smother with an even layer of the cure mixture and then place the trout on top, followed by another layer of the cure mixture, then wrap tightly with the excess cling film and place the tray in the fridge and leave it for around 3 days, turning the fishy parcel over twice a day.
    4. When it is ready the fish should be firm to the touch on the outside and tender throughout, to finish the preparation, carefully wash off the cure mixture under cold running water for 5 minutes, then dry well with kitchen towel, remove the skin and slice thinly and reserve in the fridge, covered.

    For the Crackers:

    1. Place the water and salt into a pan, using a handheld blender, gradually add the starch whilst blending until fully combined without lumps, if there are any lumps, pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan.
    2. Place over a medium heat and add the seeds, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens to custard-like viscosity. Pour it onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick paper and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160C for 50-60 minutes until dry and crispy, then remove from the oven and allow to cool, break into desired sized pieces and store in an airtight container until needed.
    3. Serve the trout with the crackers and pickled vegetables.
  5. My Mum’s Kedgeree

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    I’ve got a feeling that this recipe might be a bit controversial because it isn’t a traditional kedgeree – this version of the dish doesn’t use the spices that you might find in other recipes. The result is that the sweet, smoky flavour of the fish really gets chance to shine! This kedgeree is a really family-friendly dish which is easy to prepare ahead.

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    We’ve included a picture of two types of smoked haddock – one bright yellow and the other plain. The yellow haddock is more traditional but the colour comes from a dye rather than the smoking process. I bought the un-dyed haddock used in this recipe from Ocado, it is kiln smoked rather than ‘liquid smoked’. The un-dyed haddock feels slightly less processed so I chose to use that over the dyed but it really does come down to personal preference!

    Written by Faye

    Collage of ProWare's Kedgeree

    Serves: 4
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Cooking time: 45 minutes


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 200g basmati rice
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 4 rashers of streaky bacon, sliced into ‘lardons’
    • 100g frozen peas
    • 250g smoked haddock fillet
    • 300ml milk
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
    • 250g cooked prawns
    • 4 tablespoons yoghurt
    • 4 large eggs
    • Handful chopped parsley
    • 15g butter
    • 2 spring onions
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Cooking Method

    1. Rinse the rice two or three times with cold water. Place rice in the 18cm saucepan with 600ml water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the water has gone. Turn off the heat and cover.
    2. Meanwhile gently fry the onions until soft, adding the bacon and fry for a further 3 – 4 minutes until the bacon is cooked.
    3. Place the haddock into a sauté pan with the milk, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and cover.
    4. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
    5. Boil eggs in the milk pan for 6 mins. Immediately as they are removed from the boil plunge the eggs under cold water to stop them cooking, remove the shells.
    6. Drain the fish, discarding the milk, the bay leaves and the peppercorns. Remove any skin and flake into chunks.
    7. In the sauté pan combine the rice, the onion, the bacon and the peas stir to combine.
    8. Gently stir through the fish, prawns, yoghurt and half of the parsley.
    9. Slice or break up the eggs and place sections on top of the rice.
    10. Add a few knobs of butter to the top of the dish.
    11. Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until warmed through.
    12. Remove from the oven, dress with the sliced spring onions and the remaining parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste then serve!
  6. Beetroot and Vodka Cured Salmon with Vodka Crème Fraîche

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    This is a great dish for serving at a party either ‘with drinks’ or as a starter. It can look pretty spectacular but it is so simple to prepare. Almost all the work is done ahead of time.

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    I do appreciate that raw fish isn’t for everyone but I love it and this is a fantastic way of showcasing the flavour and delicate texture of raw salmon. As a starter serve it with the Vodka Crème Fraîche, a smattering of baby salad leaves and some finely sliced cucumber and radish for a refreshing lift. As an appetizer it works wonderfully with the creme fraîche on a blinis! Garnish with a little parsley or dill.

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    We got some dirt under our fingers using our gorgeously fresh homegrown beetroot you can see above. Be sure to use a really fresh piece of salmon as well. To acknowledge Scottish Food Fortnight we bought a beautiful piece of Scottish salmon and sourced Holy Grass Vodka. Holy Grass is hand-crafted by Dunnet Bay Distillers. This is not necessarily vodka as you know it – smooth and fresh, infused with sweet Highland vapours I think I’ve found my new favourite spirit!

    Written by Faye

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    Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 24-48 hours marinade)


    Ingredients

    For the salmon

    • 1 side of salmon (skin & pin bones removed)
    • 1 medium raw beetroot, grated (it is a good idea to wear gloves for this!)
    • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
    • 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
    • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1 double shot of vodka
    • Zest of one lemon

    For the crème fraîche

    • 200ml crème fraîche
    • 1 single shot of vodka
    • 3 tablespoons horseradish

    Equipment

    • Grater
    • Pestle & mortar
    • Zester
    • Cling film
    • Mixing bowl
    • Whisk
    • Sharp knife for slicing

    Method

    1. Place the salmon on some cling film and onto a tea towel or some kitchen roll.
    2. Grind the coriander seeds and black peppercorns in a pestle and mortar.
    3. Combine the spices with the beetroot, salt, sugar, vodka and lemon zest.
    4. Spread the mixture over the top of the salmon and press down lightly.
    5. Wrap well in cling film to keep all the juices in. You could also wrap the tea towel or the kitchen roll around the salmon so that it mops up any juices that might escape.
    6. Place the salmon between two boards / trays and weigh down with cans or metal weights. Place the salmon into the fridge and leave for 24 – 48 hours.
    7. Prepare the creme fraîche about an hour before serving – whisk the vodka and horseradish into the crème fraîche and chill for an hour.
    8. Shortly before serving un-wrap the salmon and rinse of the marinade.
    9. Slice the salmon very thinly and serve together with the crème fraiche.
  7. Baked Salmon with Spinach and Basil Pesto Pasta

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    Have you ever tried making your own pesto? It’s so simple, quick to make, fresh and you can substitute so many of the ingredients to suit what you have in your cupboards. Below are the various versions I have made finally settling on the Spinach and Basil Pesto.

    Spinach and Basil Pesto

    Pesto Versions:

    Curly kale, hempseed, garlic, lemon and flax oil pesto (with and without adding a cup of basil) – This yielded nice results. Use the same amount of hempseeds as you would Pine nuts and 3-4 cups Kale. The hempseeds can be hard to find in UK supermarkets, but are very good for you and packed with protein. So if you’re interested in trying this, finding them online or at a health store is probably your best bet. Flax oil brings a lovely nutty flavour to pestos, but make sure not to heat any left over pesto made with flax oil because it should not be heated, however it will be ok if added to warm pasta.

    Cavolo nero kale, hempseed, garlic, lemon and flax oil pesto (with and without adding a cup of basil) – I found this type of kale quite bitter, which was refreshing, but not my favourite of all the different types I tried. Make sure to remove the centre rib of this kale before adding it to the food processor.

    Curly kale, Pine nuts, garlic, lemon and olive oil pesto – I found the pine nuts yielded a smoother pesto than the ones made with hemp-seeds as they seemed to break down more in the food processor.

    Spinach, walnut, garlic, lemon and olive oil pesto – Tasty, not much different to the full recipe below.

    Baked spaghetti squash with homemade pesto – This was absolutely delicious and a fabulous alternative to traditional spaghetti if you are going gluten free. A friend of mine brought a spaghetti squash over, we baked this in the oven (how to bake spaghetti squash) and mixed in some pesto. Since then I’ve looked everywhere in order to recreate it but can’t find them anymore, hence why this version didn’t make the final cut. Do keep your eye out for this squash next autumn though because they are a very tasty, low-carb alternative to spaghetti.

    Pesto

    In the below recipe, I’ve used whole wheat organic pasta, wild salmon and limited the amount of Parmesan to a light sprinkling before serving in order to make this healthier.

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    I’ve also added spinach to the pesto which ups the usual vegetable content of pesto.

    Written by Corin

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    Baked Salmon with Spinach & Basil Pesto Pasta

    Serves:  4 (Makes approx 1 cup of Pesto)

    Prep time: 10 minutes

    Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 2 cups spinach
    • 2 cups basil
    • 1 large garlic clove (or 2 small)
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup Pine nuts
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
    • Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1-2 tablespoons of water
    • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
    • 400g whole wheat pasta
    • 4 salmon fillets (preferably wild)
    • Salt and pepper for seasoning

    Cooking Method – Pesto

    1. Peel the garlic and blitz it in the food processor until finely chopped.
    2. Add the spinach, basil, lemon juice, pine nuts, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and chilli flakes (if using). Blitz again a few times, then gradually start to add the olive oil. After it is slightly mixed, open the food processor and use the spatula to scrape down the edges of the bowl.
    3. Continue to blitz the mixture until it is smooth. If you would like a more creamy pesto add 1-2 tablespoons of water and blitz until the desired smoothness is achieved.

    Cooking Method – Salmon and Pasta

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C and bring a medium to large saucepan with water on to boil.
    2. Put the salmon fillets on a foil lined baking dish or on a tray, skin side down. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Season lightly with salt and pepper then spread a heaped tablespoon of pesto onto the top of each fillet. Reserve the remaining pesto on one side for the pasta.
    3. Transfer the salmon to the oven and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Salmon can cook quite quickly depending on its thickness, so keep an eye on it as it is done when it is easily flaked. At the same time, start your pasta in the boiling water and cook according to instructions on packaging.
    4. Strain the pasta when it has reached desirable tenderness and mix in the remaining pesto. Serve the pasta in pasta bowls or plates.
    5. Remove the salmon from the oven when ready and place on top of the pasta to serve. Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

    I’m linking this recipe to:

    Pasta Please (Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes and Ren Behan) and Extra Veg (Helen at Fuss Free Flavours)

  8. Thai Red Curry Soup with Seared Scallops

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    This soup, based on a recipe in the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook called the Thai Dragon Bowl, is great because it’s simple and very versatile. I’ve made it so many times with different variations so I’d recommend experimenting with the ingredients to suit your fancy or what you have to hand.

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    I increased the quantity of curry paste in the stock to make it more flavourful and spicy too. I also added the shallots as well as the scallops but you could easily change these for prawns or a seared steak, sliced after frying. This is the first time I’ve made this soup with Thai Basil, if you can’t source Thai basil then Italian basil will be fine but the Thai basil does add a unique peppery, liquorice flavour.

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    I’d also like to introduce my new little side kick, Luna who enjoyed a piece of pak choi as I cooked.

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    I’m entering this recipe in Elizabeth’s Shop Local blog event as the pak choi is UK grown and was in my veg box last week. I am also entering it into Simple and In Season, hosted by Ren Behan.

    Written by Corin

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    Serves: 4
    Prep time:  20 minutes
    Cooking time: 30-35 minutes


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • 2 litres vegetable or chicken stock
    • 3 lemongrass stalks, top 2 inches trimmed off and the remainder finely sliced
    • 3 tablespoons galangal or ginger, finely chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (can replace with groundnut or vegetable oil)
    • 4 shallots, finely sliced
    • 1-2 tablespoons red curry paste to taste
    • 2 tablespoons palm sugar
    • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
    • 60ml fish sauce
    • 250ml coconut milk (optional or use less for a healthier option or light coconut milk)
    • juice of one lime
    • 150g noodles (thick rice or udon noodles)
    • 200g firm tofu, cut into 1-2cm cubes
    • 12 scallops
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 Kaffir lime leaves, stems removed and finely sliced
    • 200g of pak choi, chopped
    • 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped into diagonal rounds
    • 200g of cherry or plum tomatoes, cut into quarters
    • 60g fresh coriander, stems removed and chopped
    • 120g Thai basil leaves, roughly torn
    • 2-4 Thai red or green chillis, finely chopped

    Cooking Method

    1. Heat the stock in the stockpot and bring to a gentle simmer before adding the lemongrass, galangal and garlic. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes then strain the stock through a sieve into a medium bowl.
    2. Return the stockpot to the hob over a medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once melted add the shallots and gently fry until translucent, but not brown. At this point, return the stock to the pan and bring to a gentle simmer again.
    3. Stir in the curry paste, palm sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk and more soy sauce or fish sauce if desired.
    4. Now add the noodles, tofu, kaffir lime leaves and cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are ready.
    5. After about halfway through the cooking time of the noodles, add the pak choi.
    6. Meanwhile, in the frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of butter until it starts to bubble then add the scallops flat side down, cook for around 2 minutes per side until slightly browned being careful not to overcook them.
    7. Once the noodles are tender add the spring onions, tomatoes,  lime juice, coriander,  and Thai basil. Stir well and serve immediately with 3 scallops per bowl and sliced chilli rounds.

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  9. Pan-Roasted Bream with Fennel

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    Bream is a true jewel of the sea and makes for a simple, elegant dinner that with our recipe, you can have on the table in less than half and hour.

    Serves: 2

    Prep time: 15 minutes

    Cooking time: 12 minutes


    Ingredients

    • 2 Bream fillets (approx. 200g each)
    • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
    • ½ dried chili, crushed
    • Olive Oil
    • Sea Salt
    • Pepper
    • Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 Fennel bulb
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
    • Juice of one Lemon
    • 4 Sundried tomatoes in oil

    Equipment

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    Preparation

    1. Score the fish skin several times then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, fennel seeds and chilli.
    2. Rub a little olive oil over the top to seal the flavours.
    3. Remove the fronds and stalks from the fennel with a sharp knife. Then finely slice or shred
      the fennel. Retain & finely chop herb tops for dressing.fish3
    4. Slice the sundried tomatoes.
    5. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a rapid rolling boil.
    6. Heat the frying pan to a medium heat with a little olive oil.

    Cooking Method

    For the Bream

    1. Place the fish skin side down, into the frying pan for about 4 minutes until the skin is crispy.
      (Meanwhile, start the directions below for the fennel.)
    2. Turn the fish over and fry on the flesh side for 1-2 minutes.

    For the Fennel

    1. Drop the shredded fennel into the water using tongs to avoid splashing yourself. Boil for one
      or two minutes to slightly soften the fennel.
    2. Drain and dry the fennel on kitchen paper or a clean tea towel.
    3. Heat a mixture of olive oil and butter over a medium heat in a clean fry pan. When the oil/
      butter mixture is hot, place the fennel into the pan and sauté for a few minutes, stirring and
      turning it occasionally until the fennel is cooked through. Fennel can be cooked until it is a
      pale gold colour or can be cooked until very lightly browned in parts to give a caramelised
      effect. The fennel should not be cooked until dark brown as this can produce a bitter flavour.

    Once Cooked

    1. Place the fish on a plate and drizzle with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice.
    2. Then arrange the fennel and slices of sundried tomatoes on top of the fish. Finally, scatter the
      dish with the herb tops for extra flavour. Serve & enjoy!