Spiced Haddock & Coconut Soup

This is another of my store cupboard recipes. I always have some smoked haddock in the freezer and the other items I will have as a matter of course.

I only had to go buy the parsley, but in the summer I have heaps of it in my garden.

I made this a few weeks ago when a friend came to visit. She liked it and asked for the recipe. Being a total airhead I promised it to her and promptly forgot to send it.

Today is her birthday, I hope I have saved a little face.

Happy Birthday Katy, love you lots my lovely friend 😀

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Spiced Haddock & Coconut Soup

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2 red onions
4 carrots
3 stalks of celery
2 tbsp Olive oil or Sunflower oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp Korma curry powder
1 tsp dried Coriander leaves
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried Dill
1 tbsp Nam Plaa (Fish water or Fish Sauce or 2 anchovy fillets)
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 lt / 2 pints Vegetable stock (from a cube is just fine)
1 lt / 2 pints Coconut Milk
125 ml White Vermouth/ Wine or even a nice dry Cider or Perry
1 bunch spring onions
1 bay leaf
400 g /14 oz un-dyed smoked Haddock
60g / 2 oz Flat leafed parsley

Peel or wash all the vegetables.

Chop into smallish pieces the red onions, carrots and celery.
Heat the oil in a 3 lt / 6 pt pan.

Add the onions, celery and carrot, let them cook on a high heat until they are just starting to colour.

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Roughly chop the garlic and add it to the pan

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As they start to colour nicely add the curry powder, the dried herbs stir them in.

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Pour in the Nam Plaa, lemon juice and zest, stock, Vermouth and coconut milk.

Put the lid on and bring to the boil.

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In the meantime skin the fish.

And cut into 1 cm chunks.

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Lower the pot to a simmer and add the fish.

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Slice through the spring onions and roughly chop the parsley.

Add these to the pan and cook for about 30 minutes.

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That’s it, done!

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I suggest you cook some rice noodles to have in the bottom of the bowl but just as it is, is divine! 🙂

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

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Creamy, Dreamy Onion Soup (Vegan and Gluten Free)

It started to snow again last night, big fat ones, so big they struggled to float down to the ground. The news reported that Norfolk was experiencing some of the biggest snowflakes ever recorded. Like a benign apocalypse.

In such cases what else is there to do … make soup – natch! Warming, comforting, aromatic and with a delightfully alcoholic pungency.

It’s up to you if you want to add the alcohol, but I like that unique flavour.

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This soup is begging for a good flavoured bread and I suggest you make a cheeky loaf to go with it, try
https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/rye-wheat-caraway-biga-sourdough-bread/
it is well worth it.

Creamy, Dreamy Onion Soup

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1 kg / 2 lb Red Onions
2 large carrots
2 stalks of celery
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tsp dried parsley
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp cornflour
1 lt / 2 pts soya milk (or rice, oat, even almond milk – scrummy)
1lt / 2 pts vegetable stock ( from a good Vegan source I like Marigold) or water
125 ml / 4 fl oz Vermouth or cider, or White wine at a push.

Peel the carrots and chop into even sized chunks.
Wash and cut up the celery.

Peel the onions and cut into even sized chunks, I say cut them in half though their belly (like where a belt would sit) then cut then into quarters (2 cuts) from top to bottom.
Peel the garlic and cut into 4 pieces.

Heat the oil in a large pan and add in the carrots, celery and onions and let them start to cook to the point where they are just starting to colour up (good flavour on it’s way!) Add the garlic.

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Add in the milk and stock, keeping a teacupful of the milk to one side.

Add the parsley and the alcohol you want to use and bring the mix up to the boil.

(Seriously- could this be easier?)

Let it cook for 25 – 30 minutes. You want the carrots cooked until very soft.

Mix the remaining milk with the cornflour to a smooth paste. Add it to the soup whilst it boils and you stir. It will thicken up nicely.

Now you can use an immersion blender (which I prefer) or you can liquidize the soup in batches or pass it through a Moulie.

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Return to the pan and warm through. Don’t worry if it seems a lot, you will easily eat it all

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Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

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Peas In The French Style/ Petit Pois A La Francaise

Gotta say … I love this dish 🙂 Okay, so, I made a pan of this for my self, to do for my dinner and as a stand by for the next day’s lunch. For the real evening meal for everyone I made a fantastic old Medieval Stew recipe (I shall get it sorted on here in a few weeks) and it turned out great, all the things you want on a chilly evening, really tasty, with a quirky fruity tone that is very typical of those Medieval cooks. Dished it up, no problems, everyone loved it, had second helpings, just a little left over that looked perfect for Geoff to take in as his packed lunch. But no! Foolish me! Little did I know that whilst he was washing the pots he had a cheeky taste of my pea stew. Next morning, not a word to me, he took the massive pot load in for his lunch. Geoff is a meat pie/sausage/steak man, that proves how big on flavour this little dish of vegetables is.

The stew ready for eating

Anyway, at the market yesterday, so many people asked if I would have something after the holiday that would help with their excess eating and I was thinking it would be an idea to add a recipe here so you would have something in mind that is lighter on the digestive tract and, although still really delicious, is perhaps *not so over indulgent (* not so is the caveat).

Honestly, try it, it’ll change your world (well, maybe just one of your Christmas time meals 🙂 )

This is based on the classic recipe, but it has a few additions that I think are a lovely improvement.

Okay, danger of waffling here, so ….

Peas In The French Style/ Petit Pois A La Francaise

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Enough for 4 as a main course with some bread

60 g/2 ozcocnut oil/vegetable fat 1floz oil

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large white onion, diced (pieces about the size of the peas, so not too small)

4 spring onions/scallions, medium slices

2 cloves of garlic, in thin slices is fine

4 Little Gem lettuce, shredded (just repeatedly run a knife through the intact head and you’ll have it cut just right)

75ml/ 3 floz White Vermouth (or wine/cider whatever you like, I think the Vermouth is perfect)

500g/1lb Frozen Petit Pois (or peas if that’s what you have)

1 tsp dried Parsley (2 of fresh chopped if you have it)-optional

1 tsp dried Dill (2 of fresh snipped) -optional

2-4 tsp nutritional yeast

500ml/ 1 pt Hot Vegetable stock – from a cube is great

250ml/ 1/2pt Soya Cream  mixed with a heaped teaspoon of cornflour

Have everything ready on the side, this won’t take long.

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Heat the fats in a nice large pan (minimum of 2Lt/4pt, the one you use to cook the pasta in) over a medium heat.

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Add in the onions, stir and cook for a couple of minutes until they start to look translucent. Add in the scallions and cook for another minute until soft.

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Add the garlic and stir until they are sizzling.

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Tip in the lettuce and turn the heat up to full. Pour in the vermouth (or whatever it is you like the taste of).

 

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Cheese rinds in the stew

In goes the petit pois (or peas, doesn’t matter if they are frozen), the herbs  and the hot stock. I put the lid on now so as to get it back to the boil as quickly as possible.

Pouring in the cream

Once it is boiling take the lid off and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.

Reducing the liquor

Get the serving dish (or if you’re like me – the Pyrex mixing bowl) and use a draining spoon to fish out all the peas and lettuce until you just have the herby liquid in the pan.

The thickened liquor

This you now fast boil to reduce the liquid, it needs to be reduced to about 250ml/1/2 pt.

Now add your soya cream with the cornflour mix, it should be a nice creamy consistency, if it’s too thick add a little more water.

Delicious Peas a la Francaise

Add the pea mixture back to the pan and stir while keeping the pan on the heat until everything has a good coat of the sauce and the liquid has come back to a simmer just at the edges.

Perfect amount of sauce to peas ratio :)

I like it served in a bowl with a nice crispy roll to mop up the tasty sauce .. spoons an absolute necessity.

The stew ready for eating

This is also a very nice side dish with all just about anything –  even Pizza 😀

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

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