Well, alcohol-free August is going remarkably well! Half way through the month and I am feeling cleansed and full of energy….. well actually that is not true but I am sure it must be good for me!!!
Dinner this Saturday night was delicious. A fragrant fish curry, which I believe is one of my best.
Lime and Coconut Fish Curry
300g fish- monkfish, cod or salmon
400ml coconut milk
1.5 tbsp fish sauce
120g sugarsnap peas
4 spring onions, sliced
Handful of coriander leaves, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 red chillis , chopped
2cm piece of ginger, chopped
Handful coriander stems, chopped
1 lemongrass stalk, chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves
Squeeze of lime juice
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
2-3 tbsp water
- Pop all the paste ingredients except for the water into a food processor and whiz into a paste. Add the water a bit at a time until the paste is quite smooth: you might need a little more that in the recipe.
- Heat some oil in a wok, add the paste and stir for 2-3 mins, until fragrant smells are in the air!
- Add the coconut milk and fish sauce and bring up to a simmer.
- Add the sugarsnap peas and fish and simmer for about 10mins, or until the fish is cooked through. Add some water if the sauce becomes too thick.
- Serve scattered with the spring onions and coriander, and a little spritz of lime juice.
It is lovely to eat something so light and full of strong flavours, which only takes about half an hour to cook from beginning to end. Delicious.
On Sunday I made a tagine, based on the chicken and artichoke tagine in Claudia Roden’s book Arabesque. We used to have this alot, but not so much recently- and the next time I’ll take a photo and share the recipe!