Friday, 5 August 2011

Tea time...

Ok, so I am no Donna Hay, and my Tunisian fish soup looks more like a Paella, but how deliciously fragrant and comforting. Our little family just arrived back from our regular Friday night trip to the Adelaide Central Markets. We didn't really have a plan this week. Normally I have a list in hand and a fierce eye on the ball, but tonight was more about just taking it all in. We did purchase the usual bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers for Saturday morning breakfast, as well as beautiful Asian greens. Without any idea of what to make I bought some fresh succulent snapper and then decided how to prepare it once we arrived home. This is what I came up with.... kind of.

Tunisian fish soup

olive oil
chopped onion
chopped celery stalk
garlic cloves
tomato paste or puree
1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons harissa
1 litre of fish or vegetable stock
skinless snapper cut into chunks... or fish of your choice
2 bay leaves
handful of arborio rice
chopped mint
lemon juice

Heat oil and cook onion and celery, then add garlic, tomato, turmeric, cumin and harissa. Pour in stock and bring to boil then simmer. Add rice and stir occasionally until rice is nearly ready. Add fish, then stir in mint and lemon juice. I sprinkled it at the end with a pinch of sea salt, and a little extra lemon juice on mine. Wow, what a quick and tasty Friday night tea. It serves around three (with salad or steamed greens), although 2 hungry people could finish it off. Bon appetit x

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