Not a Tom Yum Soup :)

A recipe suitable for the lazy cold nights. Influenced by my tom yum loving colleague :)



I wanted something that’s light, warm and easy to do. Opened my fridge and found lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, sliced octopus, lime, and salted shrimps (they’re tiny shrimps, preserved in salt in a jar), along with some other stuff.. so I decided to do a “not a tom yum” soup.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Lemon Grass sticks
  2. Seafood. either chopped up fish fillets or shrimps. I used octopus.
  3. Lime jui Continue reading
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Seafood Chowder – Comfort food

 

 

There is nothing like a “sepia” weather that calls for creativity in the kitchen! Today’s dish is Seafood Chowder. no wait.. its a lower in fat, healthier version of the seafood chowder. wouldn’t want to mess up my calorie intake :)

 

 

 

Recipe:

  1. 500 grams of any type of seafood variety you like. its best cooked with shell fish and prawns and if you’re lazy, just take a bag of frozen mixed seafood and throw it in :)
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. 2 cups of .. yes skimmed milk. + 1-2 table spoons of cornstarch (but if you want the tasier version, use 1 cup of cream and one cup of full fat milk)
  4. one big potato cut into small cubes, but if you’re lazy like me today, make them bigger.
  5. 1 medium onion (lazem white, I didn’t use white, that’s why its darker than it should)
  6. 2 table spoons of oil (1  TBS olive oil, 1 vegetable oil)
  7. 1 TBS all purpose flour
  8. 1-2 maggie’s veggie cubes (for extra oomph)
  9. salt

 

Directions:

  1. in a medium sized pot, saute` the onions until they’re soft. don’t let them reach the golden brown phase.
  2. add in the potatoes and mix them well with the onions then add the flour. keep mixing (the proper way is to make a roax which is a mixture of butter and flour to act like a thickenning agent but yeah, I’m lazy and it doesn’t make any difference in this dish.. its supposed to be easy and done in one pot)
  3. add one cup of water (or 2 if you like it liquidy like I do) and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until potatos are soft.
  4. add the seafood mixture and the milk and let it heat up. mix it well to let the milk absorb all the flavors.
  5. if you find it too watery, mix 1-2 TBS of cornstarch with a bit of water then drop it in.

 

How to serve:

  1. you can serve it as is
  2. add chopped spring onions with each serving for more flavor
  3. or as is, like I said! ;)

 

Serve it hot.

 

Bon Appetit!

Basma,

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