Fish and Seafood

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Mussels with Garlic and Almond Picada

We made Rick Stein’s picada dish last week because I was desperate for mussels. The recipe comes from his ‘Spain’ book and refers to clams but I chose mussels instead. Pipis or any other shell fish would work equally as well.   Ingredients 1-2kgs Fresh mussels (enough for 4 people – I usually count on […]

Posted on: 29th Mar, 2018by frenchie Read more

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Pan-fried John Dory with Leek Curry Sauce

The other day I was looking for a particular cook book amongst my many books and found ‘Sauces’ by Michel Roux amongst them. It was published about 20 years ago and I used it from time to time over the years particularly for classic sauces.   I got distracted from my original mission of looking […]

Posted on: 24th Aug, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Fish Curry, Spicy Prawns & Thai Salad

Last week I mentioned ‘Sambal of the Gods’ made by our new stallholder Suzie. It’s a spicy sambal made with fresh raw ingredients – coriander, chilli and more. I used it in this week’s recipes – these take no time to make, taste really good and you need very few ingredients thanks to Suzie!! I […]

Posted on: 20th Jul, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Vodka, Dill and Beetroot Cured Salmon

A side or large piece of cured salmon is a great standby to have in the fridge – simply slice off a few pieces to have on fresh bread, crackers or toast as a snack or use it as part of a light meal. There are lots of versions of cured salmon but I like […]

Posted on: 6th Jul, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Two Ways with Salmon

We eat salmon at least once a week. We’re not keen on it pan fried as that seems to bring out the richness so I either bake it in the oven in a variety of ways, poach it or have it as tartare.   Salmon and Vegetable Bake This recipe came about one night because […]

Posted on: 27th Apr, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Creamy Tarragon Sauce for Fish or Chicken

This year for the first time I’ve had success growing French tarragon particularly in our tiny garden at our beach place. I don’t why but this year it has flourished. So, in the last little while I’ve used tarragon a lot. Last night I made this sauce and spooned it over pan fried hapuku but […]

Posted on: 23rd Mar, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Roasted Salmon Fillet

Last week Jason had American blood oranges for sale. I don’t usually buy imported oranges but I love blood oranges so bought a few. Years ago we used to stay in a small hotel on the hill above Prato in Italy. Every morning as soon as we sat down for breakfast we were served a […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Herb Crusted Fish with Tomato Herb Salad

At the moment I have plenty of French tarragon growing in our garden so I’m using it as much as I can with other herbs which have finally started to grow quickly now that the weather is a bit warmer. On Sunday we bought home a piece of hapuku (my favourite) from our weekend fish […]

Posted on: 6th Dec, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Prawn Caesar Salad

I’d planned to cook the prawn part of this dish on the barbecue but on the weather was so windy and horrible that I didn’t feel like standing out in it so I cooked the prawns on my grill pan on the stove. I really like Caesar salads but am often disappointed. In my opinion, […]

Posted on: 28th Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more

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Lime, Chilli and Lemongrass Coconut Mussels

Mussels make such a quick, easy and delicious meal. Sometimes I go through patches of forgetting how good they are. This is my current favourite mussel recipe with simple Asian flavours – lemongrass, lime, chilli and coriander. Jason always has fresh lemongrass stalks, coriander and chillis. He doesn’t always have kaffir lime leaves but he […]

Posted on: 22nd Nov, 2016by frenchie Read more