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Fish Stew

I have previously been very skeptical about making stewed or curried fish but that has changed. The need to try new fish recipes other than the usual pan frying changed my perception.

Fish fillet chunks

Ingredients:

1 medium onion sliced

2 cloves of garlic sliced

1 teaspoon minced ginger

2 tomatoes diced

1 courgette diced

1 bell pepper diced

2 tablespoons coconut cream

1 tablespoon fish masala

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1/2 cup water

2 fish fillet cut into chunks

2 tablespoons of oil for frying

Salt to taste

In a saucepan fry the onions.

Add the garlic and ginger.

Once cooked through, add the tomatoes let then cooked for about 3 minutes then add the eggplant and bell pepper.

Cover and let the veggies cook down.

In the mean time mix the coconut cream with the fish masala.

Add the mixture and the dried parsley to the sauce. Pour in about 1/2 cup of water for the soup.

The sauce

Then finally add in the fish chunks. Ensure they are almost submerged in the soup.

swimming fishes..pun intended

Tip: Salt the fish chunks before adding them. This ensures that the fish is completely salted.

Cover and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork.

fish stew

Serve with steamed rice or ugali.

Fish stew, steamed rice and fried french beans

Verdict:

By far the best fish stew I’ve ever tasted. I even preferred it to the curry. Salting the fish prior to cooking was a brilliant idea.

Let’s just say this will become a staple dish in our household.

Beans Stew

Since I got married I’ve been meaning to buy some beans but i have never gotten around to doing so. Lucky for me,mom in love must have sensed my need because she sent some over and boy were they a lot. Since they were raw, I needed to boil them first. I saw it as an opportunity to use my pressure cooker…not. After fiddling with the manual I realised I wasn’t so confident and silly me, I had never paid attention whenever my mum was using ours at home. So I just resulted in boiling the beans in a plain sufuria. To avoid boiling for so long, first I soaked the beans. If you can soak them overnight.

Anyway, the beans cooked and I even shared some with my lovely neighbour. After cooling I packed them and stored in the freezer. It’s best if you pack in meal size portions, that way you only defrost the amount you need. Back to the beans stew. I decided to prepare a simple stew with minimal spices, we all know I get a little crazy when it gets to spicing food.

Ingredients:

1 onion chopped

3 tomatoes diced

1 eggplant diced

1 bell pepper diced

2 cups Pre-cooked beans

Salt to taste

Black pepper

Oil for frying.

In a saucepan saute the onions.

sizzle sizzle

Season with salt and black pepper then add in the tomatoes,eggplant and bell pepper.

The condiments

Cover and let them cook down. It will take about 8 minutes or so.

The sauce

Then add the thawed beans. You can also add some little water for the sauce.

In goes the beans

Cover and let the beans cook in the sauce. 5-10 minutes is good enough. You just want to get the beans heated up since they are already cooked.

Dinner is served 🙂

Served this with some cinnamon chapatis.

Verdict:

Delicious. Once in a while it’s good to cook sans the many spices. The bell peppers added the needed kick to the stew.

Are there times you just don’t feel like spicing your food?