Linguini alla Vongole

Fabulous Fish Recipes

 

MM Fresh is a NZ supplier of 100% grass fed beef and lamb as well as seafood - email miemiefresh@gmail.com to order.  From time to time, she has these live little necked clams on sale which are perfect for a Linguini Alla Vongole. And this goes particularly well with a bottle of Pouligny Montrachet (which I had to open anyway as the recipe needed a glass but don't tell my husband.....shhhhh.....)

 

What you need:

 

1kg of live little necked clams

12 cherry tomatoes, quartered

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Handful of parsley. Separate into stalks (finely cut) and leaves (roughly cut)

250ml of white wine - pick something nice so you can finish the bottle over lunch!

300g of dried linguini/spaghetti

1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

Method:

 

The key to success in this dish is preparation and organisation. It's otherwise quick and easy. Make sure your surface is clear and tidy and do all your mise en place (putting little things in little bowls) well in advance.

 

Ensure your clams are well scrubbed and tightly closed. Tap any that aren't and if they don't close easily, discard.

 

Start boiling the pasta to al dente. 5 minutes before the pasta is due to be ready, heat up another large pan. Once hot, add a good slug of your best olive oil along with the garlic, parsley stalks and tomatoes. Once the garlic starts to brown, add the clams and the white wine. Put the lid on and keep on the heat for around 3 minutes by when the shells should have opened. Discard any that haven't by then.

 

Drain the linguini once al dente, add to the clams, stir, then add the parsley leaves and a good grind of black pepper. Serve immediately with hunks of crusty bread to dip in the juices.

 

Serves 2-3

Thai Green Mussels

 

There is a new superfood on the block. Forget blueberries and quinoa; they are sooooo last year. It is the the New Zealand green mussel that you should be cooking following recent studies that it can ease arthritic pain (joint pain and joint mobility) and well as improve gut health. Aside from the health aspect, they really are delicious and a very substantial meal, as far bigger and meatier than other varieties.  Mango Menus were  delighted to receive a kilo from the NZ supplier, Mie Mie Fresh, to review. Just perfect for a coconut Thai broth, nicely mopped up by lots of white crusty bread.

 

What you need:

 

1 kg NZ green mussels (order from MM Fresh)

400ml coconut milk

Tablespoon of coconut oil

Tablespoon of brown sugar

1 lime

White crusty bread. Mango Menus loves that from BreadboxHK.

 

Thai paste ingredients: knob of peeled ginger, knob of peeled galangal, 2 chopped shallots, 2 chopped red chillis, 2 chopped cloves of garlic, few black peppercorns, 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, juice of 1 lime, 3 coriander roots, 1 Kaffir lime leaf

 

Method

 

Whizz the Thai paste ingredients in the food processor until it forms a paste.

 

Spend some time cleaning up the mussels. First scrub them with a new abrasive sponge (I find the rough green bit of a green & yellow one to be ideal - but discard after for godssake or you could make someone really quite ill!) to remove the muddy looking bits then trim the beards (hairy/grassy bits) with scissors. Wash under the tap and knock them firmly on the kitchen work top. If they open, or are already open, DISCARD. 

 

Heat your oil in a large pan, they fry the paste for a couple of minutes. Add the mussels, coconut milk and sugar. Mix well so that the mussels are coated in milk and paste. Put the lid on and keep on a medium heat while the milk simmers, for a few minutes, or until the the shells open. Remove from the heat and ladel into large noodle bowls, with a squeeze of lime and lots of freshly chopped coriander on top. Dip hunks of warm crusty bread into the broth and breathe...

 

Serves  2 hungry tai tais

 

Wild New Zealand Blue Cod with a Parmesan & Parsley Crust

 

Wow, this is the best fish I have tasted in a while. Total melt in the mouth velvety flesh, so don't murder it. We did a basic crust with breadcrumbs, garlic, lemon zest, parmesan, parsley and rock salt. Delish. To order the blue cod, email miemiefresh@gmail.com

 

What you need:

 

400g of blue cod (1 large fillet per person) email miemiefresh@gmail.com

1 cup of breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of Parmesan finely grated

Zest of 1 lemon

25 ml of your best olive oil. We love Olivetreehk.com

Rock salt

Freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley

8 tomatos on the vine

Fresh or dried thyme. Our organic dried variety is from Olivetreehk.com

Green beans to serve

Lemon wedges to serve

 

Method:

 

Preheat the oven to 180c while you prepare your crust.

 

Mix the breadcrumbs with the parmesan, lemon zest, chopped parsley, seasoning and keep adding drops of olive oil until all the crumbs are coated. 

 

Grease a baking tray and place your fillets with the skin down. If they have already been skinned, just ensure your baking tray is even more greased, so that the fillets don't stick!

 

Cake your fillets with a crust on the top, about 1cm thick and place in the oven for around 15 minutes at which point the crust should be slightly golden and the fillet just cooked. 

 

Serve with green beans and tomatoes on the vine. The latter can be  baked simulataneously at the same temperature. Drizzle the tomatoes beforehand with a little olive oil and a pinch of dried thyme. We steamed the green beans and squeezed a little lemon juice and black pepper on at the end.

 

Serves 2 adults

 

Wild New Zealand Blue Cod with Herby Couscous Salad

 

Using the same blue cod, we made a quick lunch dish the next dish. Screw the crust this time.  Just bake it with a knob of butter and serve on top of a couscous salad. To order the blue cod, email miemiefresh@gmail.com

 

What you need:

 

200g of blue cod (1 large fillet per person) email miemiefresh@gmail.com

1 knob of butter

1 cup of couscous

1 dried chilli, finely chopped

Juice of half a lemon

25 ml of your very very best olive oil. We love Olivetreehk

Rock salt

Freshly ground pepper

Handful of fresh basil leaves

6 cherry tomatoes

Lemon wedge to squeeze over fish at the end

White balsamic vinegar (for aesthetic purposes, but normal balsamic will do if you don't have it. I have only seen it in Great in Hong Kong, made by Belazu - and it is DIVINE)

 

Method:

 

Preheat the oven to 180c.

 

Place a knob of  butter on each side of your fillet and bake it for 15 minutes.

 

Boil a kettle and add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 cup of couscous, cover with a plate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. No cooking is required. Fork it about after 5 minutes and add your olive oil. The coucous is very clever about absorbing the flavours around it, so this is the time to bring out your very, very best olive oil. We love that from Olive Tree HK. Add your seasoning, lemon juice, herbs, vegetables and a dried chilli finely chopped. Place your fish on top and squeeze a quarter of a lemon over it and drizzle the plate with white balsamic vinegar (or the usual stuff if you can't find the white one - the plate just looks cleaner if you use the white stuff...)

 

Serves one lucky mummy for lunch.

Asian Style Salmon with Fresh Water Chestnuts

 

I had a couple of girlfriends for lunch so marinated then baked 3 salmon fillets in tamari, sesame oil and herbs, and served them with brown basmati rice, steamed beans and blanched water chestnuts. Raymond Blanc once said that life is too short to stuff a mushroom, well let's apply that also to the water chestnut, but they taste so much better than the canned variety. I bought them fresh in the supermarket, but annoyingly have seen other ones sold fresh AND PEELED in the wet market. Don't peel them yourselves as it really buggers up your nails. Did you know that they are also a natural breath freshener too?! Perfect for  less hygienic guests therefore...

 

What you need:

 

3 salmon fillets  (buy from Wild C) 

50 ml tamari

50 ml sesame oil

1 lemongrass stick, outer layer and ends removed, then finely sliced.

1 inch cube of ginger, peeled then grated

Half a large onion, sliced finely in perfect rings

1 red birdseye chilli

Handful of fresh water chestnuts, peeled and sliced into slithers.

Green beans 

Handful of coriander leaves and sliced spring onions to garnish

Brown basmati rice

Method:

 

Make your marinade by combining the oil, tamari and herbs. Pour over the salmon and refrigerate for a couple of hours if you have the time, but it's not essential. Cook straight away if you have to!

 

Cook your rice and keep it warm. We used Lundberg brown basmati which took 1 hour in a rice cooker.

 

Preheat the oven to 190c.

 

Take a large piece of foil, big enough for all the salmon fillets and place them skin down (if there is skin). Ensure you have enough foil to make a big, watertight parcel.

 

Pour the rest of the marinade into the foil and place the onion slices on top of the fish. Fold over corners and scrunch up bits of foil until it's fairly  secure. Bake for 15 mins.

 

While the salmon cooks, put a small pan of water onto boil with a bamboo steamer above. Steam the beans for around 5 minutes al dente. Once boiling, place your peeled, sliced water chestnuts into the pan and blanch them for 1-2 minutes. 

 

Place a salmon fillet on a plate and garnish with the chopped coriander. Place the basmati next door with chopped spring onions on top. Green beans next with slithers of water chestnut on top. Pour the marinade in the tin foil into a small jug and invite your guests to pour a littlre more on top of their salmon, rice & vegetables.

 

Serves 2 adults

 

Prawn Chowder | Fish recipes | HK sustaina
Prawn Chowder
 
Comfort food on another grey, rainy day in HK. This was my late mother in law's recipe so I made it with a lot of love as well as the following ingredients:
 
What you need:
2 medium onions
1 knob of butter
2 large potatoes
1.5 pints of chicken stock
1 pint of milk
380g canned/fresh sweetcorn
Bunch of parsley
200g cooked sweet prawns - buy sustainably fished Icelandic prawns online at Wild C.
100g Red Leicester or Cheddar cheese
50 ml double cream 
Pepper
 
 

 

Method:
 
Finely chop the 2 onions and soften them in a knob of butter in a large saucepan.
 
While they cook, peel and dice 2 large potatoes. Add to pan and just cover with enough chicken stock. I ended up using 1 pint of homemade chicken stock and 1/2 pint hot water with 1 chicken knorr stock cube. Boil until potatoes just are cooked - around 5-7 mins.
 
Add 380g of canned/fresh sweetcorn and 1 pint of whole milk and stir through on a low heat for a couple of minutes.
 
Prepare bowls for serving and at the bottom of each place a good pinch of cheddar/Red Leicester grated, fresh parsley chopped, a swig of double cream (optional - my husband insists whereas I am happy without, and slightly thinner as a result) and the prawns. No need to cook them again in the soup or they'll go rubbery. The hot chowder will warm them up once you pour it into the bowl.
 
Grind black pepper on top and done! A hearty, warming chowder and bread is not really necessary since you get your carbs from the potatoes.
 
Serves 4. 
 
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Thai Baked Cod in Banana Skins
 
This is a very quick and easy dish but looks impressive nonetheless. If you can't find banana skins, then baking/parchment paper will work but it loses its wow factor somewhat...
 

What you need:

 

Banana leaf - (sold in some wet markets e.g. Wan Chai, near the entrance on the right and Aberdeen). I bought these in the small Thai shop off Graham St market. One leaf is enough for 4 parcels, but buy more if (when) case you rip some.

50 ml coconut or olive oil

Cod or other meaty white fish such as monkfish (100-200g per person). We used the Atlantic cod from Wild C portioned in 100g units.

Tin of coconut milk

Thai spices - chilli, lemon grass, garlic, coriander, ginger, lime (often sold all together in a pack)

To serve with jasmine rice and steamed choi.

 

Method:

 

Take one large banana leaf and cut it into quarters. Hold it over a naked flame to soften it a little then brush one side (the inside) with a little coconut (or olive) oil. Place the fish on top of the leaf with a handful of mixed fresh Thai spices and a generous swig of coconut milk.  Wrap up the parcel, like a sweetie, by tying up each end with a thread of banana leaf, or wrap it like a present and secure with a rosemary twig, partly plucked. Bake for 15 mins for a 100g portion and 20 mins for a 200g portion. Place on the plate, allowing your guests to unwrap the parcel like an act of ceremony. Serve with jasmine rice garnished with chopped spring onions and a quarter of lime to squeeze on the fish. Accompany with steamed greens.

 

Serves 4 people

 

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This is so quick and easy that by the time your rice is ready, I assure you that your curry will be also. 
 

What you need:

 

Paste ingredients: 4 spring onions, 1 clove of garlic, 1 red chilli, 1 stick of lemongrass, 1 inch cube of ginger peeled, 1 teapoon of cumin (seeds or ground)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tin of coconut milk

2 cod portions (100-200g per person). We used the Atlantic cod from Wild C portioned in 100g units.

10 okra (ladies' fingers), fresh or frozen available in most supermarkets

1 plantain or banana

Small bunch of coriander

1 lime

Rice to serve

 

Method:

 

Put your rice of choice onto cook. I used brown Thai rice in the picture above, which can take a little longer than white rice, so I didn't even start cooking the curry until the rice had been cooking for 10 minutes.

To make the paste, place the ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chilli and cumin in the blender for around 10 seconds until it forms a paste.

Heat up the oil in medium to large saucepan and fry your paste for a couple of minutes, not letting it burn or brown. Add your tin of coconut milk and stir in 1 tablespoon of fish sauce. Once it is simmering, add your cod in large pieces (it will disintegrate, trust me) and okra. The fish and vegetables takes only 3-5 minutes to cook in the milk. Then add your plantain (although I couldn't locate any today so used a green flat banana and warm through for 1-2 minutes. Squeeze half a fresh lime over each serving and garnish with lots of chopped coriander. Serve with rice.

 

Serves 2 people

 

 

 

 

Cod, Okra & Plantain (or Banana) Coconut Curry

Kedgeree

 

Kedgeree has long been comfort food to me. As a child, we would make it simply with rice, smoked haddock, eggs and peas, always with ketchup on the side. Having tasted it at The Ivy restaurant in London, I am now inclined to spice it up a bit. This one has a mild curry flavour that you can moderate according to your kids' preferences. Whether or not use you have recourse to tomato sauce, we will never know...

 

What you need:

4 cups of brown rice

200g smoked haddock

4 cups of whole milk

1 bay leaf

4 eggs

30g butter

1/2 brown onion

1 clove of garlic

1 inch cube of ginger

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 pinch of saffron

1 teaspoon of cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of frozen peas

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

4 tablespoons of chopped parsley

 

Method:

 

Put your brown rice onto cook, ensuring there is a 1 cup per person.

 

While the rice cooks, pour the milk into a deep frying pan and place your bay leaf and haddock in too, so that the fish is immersed in milk. Heat up the pan until simmering and let it bubble gently for around 4 minutes, turning the fish half way through. It should then be cooked so remove the fish from the pan and flake it off into bite size pieces from the skin. Discard the skin and place the fish to one side. Keep the milk in the pan that you cooked the fish in as you will need it later, but turn the heat off for now.

 

Put 4 eggs onto boil for 5-6 minutes so that they are hardboiled.

 

Finely chop your onion, mince your garlic and peel then grate your ginger.

 

In another frying pan, melt your butter, then fry your onion, garlic and ginger gently for around 5 minutes. Then add it to the milk in the previously used fish pan along with the turmeric, saffron, cumin, cayenne, salt and frozen peas. Heat up the milk again to cook the peas for a few minutes.

 

Peel your hardboiled eggs and chop or slice them.

 

Assuming your rice is cooked, drain it and add it to the pan with the flaked haddock and eggs. Stir through until all is combined and warm.

 

Taste then add more salt, pepper or cayenne and cumin to spice things up further. Just before serving, stir though the fresh parsley.

 

Despite the healthy brown rice, spice from the herbs and all the other goodness from it, I'll admit that it still goes pretty with a blob of ketchup....

 

Serves a family of 4.

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Wild blue cod steamed Chinese style

 

Did you know that a whole fish is traditionally served at the family dinner table over Chinese New Year to symbolise surplus in the coming year? I also thoroughly recommend serving a whole fish to your children rather than fillets or fish fingers the whole time. It reminds, if not teaches them where their food is really from. I produced this dish at lunchtime today, and after first asking me if they could stroke it and if it would bite, we went onto a brief biology lesson of the fish's anatomy, with one child asking me "Mummy, do all fish swim in soy sauce?". Er yes, perhaps they do locally... This is a super easy recipe to make for which I used my steam oven, but you simulate this in a wok as per this image.

 

What you need:

 

1 whole fish, gutted & gilled weighing approximately 1kg. We used a  whole wild blue cod from MM Fresh.

Half a lemon, sliced

2 inch cube of ginger, peeled and grated

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons mirin

2 spring onions, cut on the diagonal

1/2 cup roughly chopped coriander leaves

10 stems pak choi

Brown rice to serve

 

Method:

 

Put your rice onto cook.

 

Cut a slit down the fish's belly and stuff it with lemon slices and grated ginger.

 

Lay out the pak choi in a baking dish and place the fish on top. 

 

Pour the mirin and soy sauce on top of the fish.

 

Scatter with sliced garlic, more grated ginger, and half the spring onions.

 

Steam the fish & pak choi for 10-15 minutes. 

 

Before serving, scatter with more spring onions and freshly chopped coriander.

 

Serve with brown rice.

 

1 kg fish serves 2 adults as a main course.

Green Oki Oki Mussels in Ginger & Lemongrass

 

What you need:

 

2 tablespoons butter

2 shallots, finely chopped

1 cube of ginger, peeled and grated

1 lemongrass stalk, skinned of outer layer then finely chopped, discarding the ends

1 clove of garlic, sliced

1 fresh chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1kg green oki oki mussels. These are from MM Fresh.

250 ml dry white wine

Coriander to garnish (optional)

Bread to serve

 

Method:

 

Scrub your mussels and discard any already open.

 

Finely chop the shallot, lemongrass, ginger and chilli

 

Melt the butter in a pan, then add the shallot, lemongrass and chilli and soften the onion for a few minutes.

 

Add the wine and mussels then cook with the lid on for around 7 minutes, until the shells open. Shake them up a bit every now and then. Bear in mind these are large mussels so take longer to cook than most other varieties.

 

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with hunks of crusty bread.

 

 

Serves 2

 

Curried Coconut Mussels

 

Mussels are so easy and versatile to cook with as you can add whatever flavours and spices you like.  I have previously posted about Thai coconut mussels and also a lemongrass and ginger version. Here is curried version where I cooked the mussels in coconut milk with a bunch of Indian spices. We used large green oki oki mussels from MM Fresh.

 

What you need:

 

1 shallot

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 knob of ginger peeled

1 red chilli

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 stick of lemongrass, ends discarded and outer skin removed

1 kg oki oki green mussels

1 can coconut milk

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon fish sauce

Salt to taste

 

Method:
 

Scrub your mussels and tap each one hard on the counter top. Discard any that open.

 

Place your coconut oil in the blender with the garlic, ginger, shallot, chilli and lemongrass. Blend to a paste.

 

Heat up the paste in a pan fry it gently for a few minutes. Add the coconut milk, cumin, cayenne, turmeric and fish sauce and bring to simmering point.

 

Add the mussels and cook with the lid on, stirring occassionally for 7-10 minutes. Since these green oki oki ones are larger than usual they make take some time to open. Discard any that have not opened after 10-12 minutes. 

 

Salt to taste and serve.

 

Serves 2 adults as a starter

Salsa Verde

 

Quite honestly, I have been dipping my finger into this ALL DAY LONG! I  made it for a piece of salmon at lunchtime, then added to it and tweaked it for a steak in the evening. The latter was possibly more successful as a flavour combination but unfortunately my appetite beat the camera... It is the business! Don't be put off by the anchovies as I know they are a dealbreaker for some. You cannot taste them but they add a salty depth that would otherwise be missing. Use the best olive oil you have. We love that from Olivetreehk.com plus that large tin sets off your kitchen rather nicely.

 

What you need:

 

4 anchovy fillets

1 tbls capers

4 small cornichons

1 tbls chopped fresh basil

1 tbls chopped fresh mint

1 tbls Dijon mustard

1 tbls balsamic vinegar

4 tbls olive oil

 

Method:

 

Blend until smooth or leave a little texture if you prefer. Spoon over warm steak or salmon fillets, with enough to flavour your rice, other carbs and veggies. Pictured above is NZ king ora salmon, the only farmed salmon to win recognition from Seafood Watch based on sustainability criteria. This is available from MM Fresh.

 

Serves 1-2

Mango Salsa

 

You can't beat those small Filipino mangoes which are currently on sale everywhere, so thought I would make a salsa from one today to accompany some fish. This is Ora King salmon from MM Fresh.

 

What you need:

 

2 firm small mangoes

2 medium sized tomatoes

1-2 chillis

1/4 red onion

1/2 cup freshly chopped coriander

1 tbl apple cider vinegar

2 tsp coconut sugar

Pinch salt

Salmon to serve

 

Method:

 

Boil the kettle then pour the water into a large bowl. Make a small cross in the bottom of each tomato and allow it to soak in the hot water for a few minutes until the skin peels off. Don't leave them in there too long or they will go mushy. Remove the skin then quarter it. Discard the seeds and dice.

 

Dice your mango and red onion approximately the same size as the tomato. That was my intention anyway. Finely chop the coriander, red chillis and onion then add them. Spoon in the vinegar, sugar, pinch of salt and combine.

 

Pour over a hot salmon steak and serve with brown rice.


Serves 2.

 

Kedgeree

 

One of the best things to come out of Scotland in my opinion (after my husband, naturally), is smoked haddock, so I was super excited to find it in Marks & Spencer here and be able to make one of my favourite dishes and the ultimate comfort food, kedgeree. Having previously failed on some attempts, including one occasion where I was little too liberal with the cayenne and produced a "haddock madras", this week's was a personal best so I thought I would share the recipe...