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Friday, 8 July 2011

MESS OF THE WEEK (6) Big Bowl of Fish


So, it was father’s day and I know that Noel loves his fish, so decided to make a sort of fish stew type thing. Has some really nice, fresh flavours and is perfect for the summer or winter, as it can be a lovely outdoor eating type dish, but could also warm you up loads on freezing cold winter nights. Can vary fish and put whatever you prefer into it!

4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion (chopped)
3 Garlic Cloves
3 Celery Sticks
3 Star Anise
400g Chopped Tomatoes
700ml Fish Stock
1 Orange (juice/rind)
1 Lemon (rind)
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
250g King Prawns (raw)
250g Mussels
250g White Fish
3 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
Salt and Pepper


1.      Place Oil in Heavy Based pan and heat slowly.
2.      Add onion, crushed garlic, sliced celery and star anise, cook for 10 minutes, or until onions are softened.
3.      Add tomatoes, fish stock, orange juice and rind, lemon rind, thyme and bay leaf and cook quickly for 5 minutes.
4.      Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
5.      Add prawns, mussels, cubed white fish and cook for 3-5 minutes, until prawns are cooked through.
6.      Add parsley and test for seasoning, add salt and pepper.
7.   Serve with crusty bread!

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