This recipe is apparently ‘inspired’ by Persian stews. which tends to suggest it isn’t actually a traditional recipe.
You need an onion, potatoes, butternut squash, tomatoes and spinach, plus optional dried cranberries and Greek yoghurt.
The kit provides Ras-el-Hanout, tomato paste and mushroom stock.
It’s spicy and ful;l of flavour but I’m pretty sure that a jar of Ras-el-Hanout plus tomato puree and vegetable stock will do the business without the special spice kit.
We had another delivery of spice kits today as the ordering system has nowhere we can cancel. As Julia hadn’t finished registering we thought we may be in the clear but it popped through door today in the post.
Julia fired off a strongly worded protest via an email address she found, and we won’t be getting any more kits unless we order them.
The four kits delivered today are for Tamil Black Pepper Chicken, Jalfrezi, Red Lentil Curry and Moqueca (Brazilian fish stew). I’m OK with three of them, but not thrilled by the idea of fish stew. It’s like skydiving – never done it, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like it.
Fish stews can be really good. I would eat one with Brazilian spices in a New York minute. Just put fish in it that you like. The only time I didn’t like a fish stew was when it was Japanese and had all sorts of whole things in it I had never seen before with … well you get the picture. Like blackened fish (I don’t know if you have that in the UK) the spices can make an otherwise fishy fish taste really good, hence blackened redfish…but you could try it with some mild fish as well, like chip fish.
We don’t have blackened redfish, but I may give it a go after checking it up on Google.
Still not keen on the idea of fish stew, but it’s getting closer…
Rick makes lot of fish stews, including one he made from a description in a James Michener book. The dish is called “Zarzuela”. It is good.
I will give it a try and see what happens.
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Maybe Brazilian fish stew is one of those misleading names like Bombay Duck and you will find yourself eating beans.
I checked. All the recipes seem to include fish. And one of them has chicken as well.. The thought makes me feel faint. I wish it was beans…
Depends on a lot of things…but usually fish stew is pretty good, and very hearty. Really good stuff you’ve got there.
I have no choice so I will eat it and try to enjoy it. 🙂
A family in France I once knew used to rave about bouillabaisse – a traditional fish soup from the Marseille area. When I moved there, I never tried it, as I feel the way you seem to about fish stew.
🙂 The French eat many things which I would only eat for a bet.
Not sure I would even eat somethings for a bet!
Good for Julia
It was my second favourite meal of the week, as I told her. She raised an eyebrow, but I like fried rice and that’s all there is to it.
Looks delicious! As a Mainer, I think fish stew sounds just fine, but not as good as “chowdah.”
I will give it a go, though my fried fish on Friday – our new tradition – is enough fish for me.
I don’t like fish, but others look great!
My view too. 🙂