Bouillabaisse – Seafood Stew – Fishy F’ursday

I have been shopping and filled my freezer, due to being a lucky chuck and being given some ‘love to shop’ vouchers from work – most people would run out and buy something pretty – I ran out and bought food…. frozen food 🤣

I am an Aldi girl, but I went wild in the aisles at Iceland and have got some lovely looking seafood. All the non frozen is Aldi.

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Frozen cod fillets, king prawns and shelled ‘Stir in’ mussels – Bouillabaisse they whispered, so I obeyed 😉 Luckily I don’t have to think too much as an Iceland contributor, Claire at Foodie Quine obviously loves this Fishy dish too –  have a look Here it’s not traditional, and I will, of course subtly change things to use what I have, but it looks lush 😍

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I defrosted the cod fillets (4) and the prawns and mussels in the fridge overnight.

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Not sure what aromatics I was going to use at this point

I start by dicing a couple of peeled onions, and 2 fat cloves of garlic, I don’t have any fennel, so I have swapped it for finely a diced celery stick and a healthy splash of Pernod.

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Add the oil from a tin of anchovies to a heavy based pan, and add the onion, garlic and celery, a good Stir and then add the anchovies- stir till turning translucent.

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Add a sliced medium bell pepper, a good glug of Pernod, a splash of orange juice, stir through.

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Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and half a tube of tomato purée and the original recipe says to chuck in a couple of star anise, a pinch of cayenne pepper and some saffron.  Hubby and youngest aren’t huge aniseed fans so I have left it with the Pernod and instead have added a teaspoon of smoked paprika. It’s going a bit Spanish now, but nothing wrong with that, I’m sure it will still taste great!

A good Stir though, taste and season – Claire adds carrots and green beans to her recipe, I have chosen not to.

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After about 10 minutes gentle cooking, it should have thickened a little, add the cubed cod fillets, a handful of king prawns and the mussels

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Stir in and cook for another 10 minutes- adjust seasonings to taste and generously sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

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I am serving this with the other half of the baguette I made yesterday, which has gone a little stale,

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I am rubbing with garlic, drizzling with olive oil and pop into the oven on 200 for 5 minutes or so till crisp and fragrant.

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Into a bowl (bit bowl food mad this week🤣) topped with a slice of the bread and a sprinkle of fresh parsley – Hubby has had a hectic day, so I will add a glass of wine to him and leave to marinate in a warm bath before I serve 🤗

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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