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  1. Aquapazza – Italian Seafood Soup Recipe

    September 16, 2015 by Varga László

    Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 8

    Ingredients (4-6 servings)

    • 500 g mulletsAquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 1
    • 500 g mussels
    • 500 g mackerel fillets
    • 4 tomatoes
    • 1 garlic head
    • 1 red hot chili pepper
    • 2 green onion
    • olive oil
    • 200 ml Italian red wine – I used some Montepulciano
    • 200 ml water
    • Salt to taste
    • grated mozzarella (optional)

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash and clean the fishes and mussels.
    2. Chop the garlic and chili pepper.
    3. Dice finely the tomatoes.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a medium soup pot, add the garlic and fry it until fragrant over medium heat.  Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 2
    5. Add the diced tomatoes to the pot and keep frying, stirring until tomatoes are softenAquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 3
    6. Add the cleaned mullets and mussels and fry them for another 1-2 minutes.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 4
    7. Add the wine and water and the mackerel fillets and cook for about 3-5 minutes over low heat.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 5Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 6
    8. Add the chopped green onions and cook for another 30 seconds.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 7
    9. Serve while hot, garnish with some extra chopped green onions.
    10. You can top it with some grated mozzarella to melt.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 9

  2. Cullen Skink – Scottish Fish Soup Recipe

    January 30, 2015 by Varga László

    Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 9

    Cullen Sink is a fish soup from North East coast of Scotland, from the fishing village of Cullen – hence its name, skink is a local word in Scots for soup.

    The recipe’s main ingredients are smoked fish (haddock) and potatoes, with addition of milk and butter for its creaminess.  Its somewhat similar to the American chowder and the French bisque.

    I came across Cullen Skink by watching Heston Blumenthal’s – In Search of Perfection – The Fish Pie Episode. He goes to Scotland in search for ingredients and tastes this wonderful creamy soup.

    Next day, on Sunday evening some friends came over and because of the cold weather from outside I wanted to cook something hearty – a soup or a stew. I had the Cullen Skink in my mind for a whole day and decided to cook it. It was a very good choice, all my friends liked it and one of them, Anca, almost literally licked the pot.

    Because she loves fish dishes and specially sops I promised her to cook soon some other fish dish, maybe Hungarian – Halászlé, maybe Italian – Acqua pazza or Brodetto, perhaps some Asian fish soup.

    Although the original recipe had smoked haddock, I had to replace it with smoked mackerel, not being to find haddock in time.

    So here is my recipe:

    Ingredients (6 servings):

    • 500 g of smoked haddock – I used smoked mackerelCullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 1
    • 500 g potatoes
    • butter
    • 3 small onions
    • 750 ml full fat (whole) milk
    • salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 1-2 bay leaves
    • 1 green onion

    Preparation method:

    1. Peel and dice the potatoes into 1 cm cubes.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 2
    2. Cook them until soft then mash them and set aside.
    3. Place the smoked fish in a pot, add the bay leaves and enough milk to cover the fish.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 4
    4. Bring it to boil and poach the fish over low heat for about 8-10 minutes.
    5. Remove the fish from the milk. Carefully flake the fish removing all the bones and skins.
    6. Slice thinly the onions. Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 5
    7. Melt the butter in a pan and add the onions. Sweat the onions over medium low heat for about 10 minutes, without browning them.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 6
    8. From time to time, add some cooking water from the potatoes to prevent the onions from caramelizing.
    9. Add the mashed potatoes and the milk from the fish pot.
    10. Bring to boil and add if needed some milk until the desired consistency/creaminess.
    11. Add the fish flakes, stir gently and season to taste with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
    12. Serve immediately while still hot, garnished with sliced green onions.Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 8 Cullen Skink - Scottish Fish Soup 7

  3. Baked Purple Potatoes and Fish Recipe

    October 23, 2014 by Varga László

     

    Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 09Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 08

     

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1 kg purple potatoesBaked Fish and Purple Potatoes 01
    • 4 pieces of white fish fillets
    • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • a handful of peppermint leaves
    • 10-15 slices of red hot chili peppers preserved in salted brine
    • salt and black pepper to taste

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash thoroughly the potatoes and cut them into quarters.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 02
    2. Smear some olive oil on the bottom of an oven proof dish, place the quartered potatoes in it, sprinkle over salt and freshly ground pepper.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 03
    3. Wash the fish fillets and place them into another oiled oven proof dish. Sprinkle the soy sauce over and garnish with the chilli pepper slices and fresh mint leaves.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 04
    4. Preheat the oven ant 180 C.
    5. Bake the fish for circa 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 06
    6. Bake the potatoes for about 30 minutes.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 05
    7. Serve the fish and potatoes garnished with tomato slices.Baked Fish and Purple Potatoes 07