Clam and Scallop Chowder

Memories of our time in Boston when we enjoyed Clam Chowder and other delicious seafood …reviewed here Legal Seafood

The weather in Sydney and the purchase of a bag of Cloudy Bay Clams from St Peter’s Fish Butchery in Oxford St inspired me to try to recreate it at home. Not all seafood outlets sell clams in Sydney so you might need to shop around to get them. (Subject to lockdown orders of course!)

After trawling the internet for clam chowder recipes, I cobbled together a few ideas into this recipe which turned out to be delicious.

Watch out because it is more filling than you would expect with just clams, scallops and 1 potato. You won’t need much more than a small bowl, a salad and maybe a crispy bread roll. Leftovers the next day were good though! Recipe would be fine for starters for 3-4 people.

You can’t really go wrong with the combo of cream, white wine, butter and seafood!!

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 600g clam/Vongole in shells
  • 250g scallops chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 leek finely diced (white part only)
  • 1 stick celery finely diced
  • 1 bacon bone (ask butcher)
  • 4 slices bacon, rind removed and finely chopped
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 medium size waxy potato finely diced
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • black pepper
  • 2 cups of cream!
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Method

1. Put clams in large pot, add bacon bone, cover with water bring to boiled, then lower heat and put lid on for 10 minutes or so until clams open.

2. Meanwhile dice all ingredients and keep separately aside. the smaller you dice everything the more “delicate” the end product will be!

3. Remove bacon bone. Strain clams from stock through doubled up paper towel, reserving stock for chowder.

4. Allow clams to cool. Reserve Clam stock.

5. Rinse pot, add bacon and fry until fat renders and bacon is crisped but not brown. Add butter, diced leeks and diced celery. Cook slowly for 5 minutes until leek and celery soften, stirring to stop the mixture sticking.

6. Add potatoes, add the bacon bone back in, mix through, then add white wine to deglaze pan and allow to bubble away for 5 minutes until wine is reduced to about half, making sure potatoes don’t stick.

7. Add 2-3 cups of the clam stock to just cover potatoes, also the thyme and bay leaves and cover, simmering for 8-10 minutes until potatoes are cooked and tender. Add additional clam stock if required.

8. Remove clam meat from shells while mixture is simmering, throw away any unopened clams. Finely dice clam meat. Dice scallops if you haven’t done so as yet.

9. Remove bacon bone. Add clam meat and scallops to mixture, add cream and simmer for 5 minutes until mixture is well heated through. Fish out thyme and bay leaves.

10. Garnish with pepper and chopped parsley and serve.

Three Chilli Seafood Curry

The combination of dried chillies, whole red chillies and chilli powder makes this curry sound fiercely hot, but it’s not unless you eat the while chillies.

It’s actually a great way to cater for all levels of spice lovers, because the curry itself is quite mild – but the chillies are there for the hot heads as well who want to eat them!

A quick and easy mixed seafood curry to spice up your weeknight dinner line up.

You do need a well stocked Indian Spice cupboard though so check the ingredients..although the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves are optional, but they an extra layer of add deliciousness if you have them.

Ingredients:

  • 200g flathead or white fish fillets cut into pieces
  • 100g squid rings
  • 6 medium size green prawns
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 4 dried chillies left whole
  • 2 red chillies stem cut off but left whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds(optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Handful of curry leaves(optional)
  • 1.5 tablespoons tamarind pulp or 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • 100g plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Coriander and diced red onion for garnish

Method:

1. Heat oil in heavy based saucepan with lid.

2. Add fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds if using, dried chillies and heat through until just fragrant. Be careful not to burn.

3. Add onions , red chillies and curry leaves and cook gently until onions are translucent.

4. Add ginger, garlic, chilli powder, turmeric and cumin powder and mix through until fragrant.

5. Add seafood, scatter over salt, and mix through to cover in spices. Add tamarind pulp, yoghurt and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a simmer.

6. Simmer gently with lid on for 8-10 minutes or until fish is just cooked through.

7. Check that tamarind has disintegrated and remove any chunks if necessary.

8. Garnish with coriander and diced red onion and serve with plain rice and a cucumber raaita.

#Mustard #parmesan and #rosemary encrusted rack of #lamb

This was a delicious quick dinner tonight. This like a crumbed roast with no carbs. The addition of a bit of beaten egg to the coating mixture makes sure the lamb has a lovely parmesan, mustard and rosemary “crust.” Quick and easy dinner any night of the week or looks impressive for dinner part.Great with a nice salad or add roast potato or chips if you like.

Prep time: 10 minutes cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 rack of lamb (5-6 cutlets)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon or mild English mustard
  • Handful of fresh Rosemary leaves stripped from stem
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove crushed or minced
  • Salt and black pepper

Method:

1. Heat oven to 200 degrees celcius

2. Heat non-stick saucepan on stovetop, sprinkle rack of lamb with salt and crushed black pepper and drizzle with olive oil

3. Brown lamb on all sides in pan, until nice brown colour achieved

4. Line baking pan with baking paper.

5. Place lamb rack on baking pan.

6. Mix mustard, rosemary leaves and 4 tablespoons of the beaten egg.

7. Smear mustard mixture thickly on all exposed part of the lamb rack.

8 sprinkle with half the parmesan.

9. Cook in oven for 20 minutes.

10.remove from oven, a sprinkle with the rest of the parmesan, then return to the oven for another 5-8 minutes.

11. Check that meat is done to your liking with a meat thermometer 71 degrees for medium rare is how we like it.

12. Remove lamb from oven, allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

13. Serve with salad and roast potatoes or chips.

San choy bow #pork #waterchestnuts

Very hot day here in Sydney calls for quick an easy dinner. The crisp iceberg lettuce cups with pork mince and after chestnut filling was the perfect starter for dinner.

  • Ingredients
  • 300g pork mince
  • 2 cloves a garlic and small knob of ginger minced
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 1/2 small tin water chestnuts drained and diced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoons soy suace
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves crisped by soaking in iced water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Method:

1. Heat vegetable oil, add onion and cook until transparent

2. Add ginger and garlic and warm through

3. Add pork mince and fork to break up

4. Add sesame oil, soy, oyster and Mirin to pork and mix well. Add 1/2 cup water and cook for 5 minutes

5. Add water chestnut and cook for another 5 minutes until water has evaporated

6. Add chopped coriander

7. Trim iceberg lettuce into neat cups. Place iceberg lettuce cups in iced water, then dry carefully.

8. Scoop pork mince mixture into iceberg cups and serve.

#Beancurd rolls with #Pork and #waterchestnut #yumcha #dimsum

I’ve always been fascinated but the concept of beancurd skin …you have to get it in speciality Asian stores but worth finding. It is actually made by lifting the skin that forms on the top of warmed soybean milk! It can be bought dried flat, which is what you need for this recipe, or in bunches.

These rolls are lightly fried, then steamed with a delicious simple sauce. Healthy and tasty…worth the effort hunting down the bean curd skin!

The filling can include Asian mushrooms and dried shrimps, or finely chopped prawns. You can also use chicken mince instead of pork.

Flat sheets of dried Beancurd skin for rolls

This recipe is excellent appetiser or side dish for dinner served with rice, steamed greens and chilli sauce. Great for leftovers and lunch.

Prep time: 40 minutes cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g pork mince
  • 8 slices canned waterchestnut diced finely
  • 4 stalks spring onions diced finely
  • About 10 dried shrimp soaked in water, then chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced ginger
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten (keep egg yolk)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 large sheets of beancurd skin cut into 8 long pieces about 10cm wide and 15-20 cm long
  • 2 tablespoons by vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Lightly beaten egg yolk to use for sealing rolls

Sauce:

  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour and 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Garnish: finely sliced spring onions and chopped coriander

Method

1. Mix all stuffing ingredients in a bowl, except oils and egg yolk

2. Fill a large, flat baking dish halfway with warm water, immerse one sheet of bean curd skin in water then lay flat on a clean work surface.

3. Cut beancurd skin into 15cm x 20 cm rectangles.

4. Place a scoop of filling just below top of a rectangle and fold over beancurd skin horizontally, then fold in sides and roll into a spring rolls like shape, sealing edges with egg yolk. Repeat until you have about 10 beancurd rolls.

5. Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in non-stick pan and fry rolls over medium-high heat until golden brown, remove and place on paper towel to drain excess oil.

6. Cut beancurd rolls in half, place into a baking dish.

7. Put chicken stock, oyster, soy sauces, shaoxing wine, sugar, into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Mix cornflour with water and stir through sauce, then simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat, add sesame oil and mix through.

8. Set up steamer, pour sauce over rolls and steam for 15-20 minutes until pork mixture is fully cooked.

9. Scatter over with finely sliced spring onions and coriander and serve.