Smoked Fish Chowder

After our first attempt smoking fish in our make-shift disposable smoker, I had a craving for smoked fish chowder. I based my chowder on the type of chowder I had made before, using smoked haddock or cod. The smoke perch or barramundi from the previous recipe was just perfect. This chowder had nice chunky bits of fish, potato and a smoky creaminess to die for!

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Ingredients

2 Tbs of butter
2 cloves of garlic, crushed or finely diced
1-2 rashers of streaky bacon, finely diced
1 stick of celery, finely diced
2 Tbs of plain flour
1 cup of white wine
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups fish or vegetable stock
2 cups of water
1 tsp crushed peppercorns
400g smoked fish
1 cup of cream
fresh parsley, finely chopped

Method

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add bacon, onion, garlic and celery. Sauté for a few minutes to soften then add the flour and cook stirring continually for a minute.

Add the white wine and simmer on low heat until it starts to thicken. Then add the stock, water and potatoes. Bring to the boil and then cook uncovered until potatoes are cooked. 

Add the smoked fish and cream and bring almost to the boil. Add the black pepper and some chopped parsley. Continue to heat until warmed through and of a good consistency.

Serve with another sprinkle of fresh parsley.

OMG! This is perfect after a long sail or on a cold night. Serve with some crusty bread for a perfect “comfort food” meal.

Bon appetite!

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This chowder had nice chunky bits of fish, potato and a smoky creaminess to die for!

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Tea Smoked Fish

We love smoked fish and had the desire to make some. We were anchored at Langkawi and we had a couple of problems to overcome before we could make our own smoked fish. The first was we didn’t have a smoker and the second is we could not find any hickory wood chips (or similar) on the island.

Not usually one to be deterred from doing something just because it is not straight forward, Dwayne set about thinking about how to make an easy smoker. He came up with something we could use on the beach with two aluminium foil trays, some bulldog clips and a rack.

In the meantime I had decided we could use a tea mixture instead of wood chips as the smoking mix and set about making something that may just add a delicious flavour to our fish.

This is what we came up with…

For the smoker…

2 aluminium foil trays
6 bulldog clips
1 oven rack or trivet
1 empty beer can
white spirits (metho)
sand
(or coals or wood for fire)

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Ingredients

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For the brine…

1 cup of water
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup tightly pack brown sugar

For the tea smoke mixture…

1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 clove
1 cup of uncooked rice
1/2 cup of tea
1/4 cup sugar

And this is how we smoked our fish…

I made the brine by dissolving the salt and sugar into 1/2 a cup of boiling water. Then I add 1/2 a cup of ice cold water. I then let the brine cool down before I added the fish.

I let the fish soak in the brine for 1/2 hour, then removed it and dried it with paper towels. Then set it in the fridge until we were ready to smoke it.

For the tea smoking mixture, I crushed up the cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves in my mortar and mixed it with the tea, sugar and rice.

When we were organised we went to the beach to set up our smoker.

Once on shore we placed some of the tea mixture on the bottom of one of the trays then, because my rack doesn’t have legs, we used some old rocks from the beach and placed the rack on those so it was sitting over the tea mix. Next we placed the fish on the trivet and topped with the other tray. Using the bulldog clips we secured the two trays together. The ‘smoker’ was then placed on top of a couple of bricks allowing space for the burner underneath.

Now we needed a flame. Dwayne, always willing to do one for the team, then skulled a can of beer, proudly producing the much needed burner equipment. He cut the beer can in half and filled it with dry sand and then poured the white spirits over the sand. He lit this mix up and placed it under the tray…. we now had our smoker and we could sit back with a refreshing glass of white wine while we let the smoker do its job.

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(Alternatively you can use coals as your heat source or even a wood fire.)

We smoked the fish for about an hour. The cooking time will obviously depend on how hot you have it cooking at.

We were extremely happy with the result! Next time I’ll tell you how to make my yummy smoked fish chowder!

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Tea Smoked Fish and how to make a quick disposable smoker!

Apricot and Coconut Bliss Balls

I have another bliss ball for you! I love knowing what I am eating and by making my own snack foods I am aware of all the ingredients. Home made bliss balls are the perfect snack for the lunch box, morning or afternoon tea, or just when you need some filling up.

My bliss balls do not require any oil to hold them together, as I use the psyllium which works beautifully to bond all the ingredients. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so please feel free to add a little honey if you want them sweeter (you will probably have to reduce the orange juice). Bon appetit!

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Ingredients

3/4 cup of oats 
1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
300g dried apricots
1/4 cup psyllium husks 
1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
6 brazil nuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup chia seeds 
1/2 – 3/4 cup orange juice
extra coconut for coating

Method

Add oats to a food processor and process until fine and put into a bowl.

Add the coconut, psyllium, pistachios, brazil nuts and chia seed to the bowl.

Put the apricots into the food processor and chop up. Add 1/2 a cup of orange juice and chop up well.

Add the apricot mix to the bowl and mix well. Add a little more orange juice if needed. Mix into a firm mix. Once well blended, use wet hands and roll the mix into 25 – 30 balls.

Coat the balls in the extra coconut.

Refrigerate. Will last in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

About the Ingredients

Apricots –  are high in beta-carotene, fibre, vitamin C and potassium, they also provide protection against free radical damage.

Oats – High in fibre, helps lower cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Brazil nuts – High in selenium, Brazil nuts properties include,  anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and will increase your bliss, hence Bliss Balls! This is due to the Selenium which has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression.

Coconut – rich in a number of essential nutrients, including dietary fibre, manganese, copper and selenium.

Pistachios – loaded with all kinds of nutrients, such as vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. Helps lower cholesterol.

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Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls

I am still having a lot of fun making up all sorts of Bliss Ball recipes. With Christmas only days away I couldn’t pass up the chance of experimenting with the flavours of Christmas. These Christmas Pudding Bliss Balls are the result, and my special panel of taste testers – mum, sister and nephews, all love them!

Ingredients

1/4 cup cointreau (or use orange juice)
1/2 cup of goji berries
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup of psyllium powder
3/4 cup of traditional fruit mince
1/4 cup of almonds, roughly chopped

Method

Put the goji berries into a small bowl and cover with the cointreau (or orange juice).

Add the oats to a food processor and give it a 10 sec blast, then add the almond meal and psyllium powder and give it another 10 sec blast.

Drain the goji berries and reserve the cointreau liquid. Place the goji berries into a large mixing bowl with the chopped almonds.

Add the fruit mince and the reserved liquid to the processor and blend until well mixed.

Add the fruit mince, almond meal and oat mix to the bowl with the goji and almonds. Mix well, using large spoons or your hands.

Using slightly damp hands roll the mixture into small balls and set aside.

Top the balls with melted white chocolate and decorate with slices of green and red lollies (sweets). For instructions on how to melt chocolate click here for stove stop instructions or here for microwave instructions.

Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Spiced Roast Duck Breast with Mango Salad

Cooking on a boat

Ingredients
2 duck breast, pat dry and score the duck breast

Spice mix

1cm cinnamon stick
4 petals of start anise
1 tsp peppercorns
1 clove

Salad

1 green mango, shredded or grated
2-3 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 asian shallots, thinly sliced
1 long red chilli, juilianned or diced.
basil, mint, coriander, chopped

Salad Dressing

Salad dressing is the same I use for the Cambodian Green Mango Salad

3 Tbs fish sauce
The juice of two limes
2 Tbs of sweet chilli sauce
1/2 tsp brown sugar

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Method

For the duck…

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the spices until well ground (or use five spice powder if you prefer).

Rub the spice mix all over the duck breast.

Heat a frypan until hot (do not add oil). Place duck skin side down and cook for a few minutes, on moderate heat, until fat renders.

Then place the duck into a preheated oven, set at 210c, for 15 minute. Remove the duck from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

For the salad..

Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and give it a good shake. Refrigerate until needed.

Combine all the salad ingredients and dress the salad at the time of serving.

Serve the sliced duck with the mango salad for a fresh zesty treat.

Trippin’ Bliss Balls

I made these decadent little morsels for a treat. Still packed full of goodness and superfoods, they make eating food in which you know all the ingredients much easier; and they are much better for you than a biscuit or piece of cake!… and I add extra fibre to my bliss balls in the form of psyllium and chia seed.

These bliss balls are delicious and they are an easy snack to grab from the fridge when you are under sail.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup brazil nuts, chopped
1/2 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup psyllium husk
340g pitted prunes
4 Tbs cointreau or juice or water

Fibre, chocolate, health, goji, chia seed, pyslium
Look at all the yummy goodness in these decadent bliss balls!

Method

Soak the goji berries in the Cointreau or juice/water and set aside for about 20 minutes.

In a food processor add oats and blend well. Then add the cocoa, almond meal, psyllium and chia seeds, and give a quick blend.

To the food processor, add the prunes and the liquid strained from the goji berries – reserve the berries. Blend until mixed well.

Put mix into a large bowl and add the chopped brazil nuts (I wanted them quite chunky so I used a knife to chop them) and the reserved goji berries. 

Now mix well using a large spoon and squishing and spreading until the berries and nuts are incorporated with the processed mix! 

Using slightly wet hands, roll the mix into small balls. Makes 25-30.

Store in refrigerator. Will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.

About the Ingredients

Oats – High in fibre, helps reduce cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Cocoa –  rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Can also aid in lowering blood pressure.

Almond Meal – high in protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin. Lowers cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. Supports health brain function and maintains healthy skin.

Brazil nuts – High in selenium. The ‘super’ benefits of Brazil nuts also include,  anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and will increase your bliss, hence Bliss Balls! This is due to the Selenium which has been scientifically proven to lift mood and prevent depression.

Goji Berries – good source of protein, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamins A & C as well as iron, and high in antioxidants.

Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Cointreau – well it is just yummy!

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Som Tam

Som Tam is a Thai style Green Papaya Salad. A popular street food, Som Tam can be found in road side stalls, markets and many restaurants in Thailand. There are many styles of Som Tam and it is believed to have originated in Laos. Isaan Som Tam is made by crushing small crabs  (Som Tam Pu) and is always very very hot! My Som Tam is more like Som Tam Thai which contains peanuts.

My Papaya was green on the outside but getting quite pinky orange on the inside. It was still firm enough to grate however, and very yummy.

Cooking Thai food is always about the taste. I don’t follow recipes I just do it to taste. What follows is what I did the last time I made Papaya salad but when making the dressing remember to mix it, then taste it and add the salt, sour and sweet flavours to taste as needed.

Papaya-salad

Ingredients

Dressing
2 Tbs fish sauce
3 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs palm sugar (or brown sugar)
3 cloves of garlic
2 small hot chillies

Salad
1 small papaya, peeled and grated
1 small carrot, peeled and grated
1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely julienne
6 beans, very finely sliced
1 tomato, chopped
2 spring onions, finely sliced
a handful of bean sprouts
5 Tbs tiny dried shrimp (crushed a little in the mortar)
Roasted peanuts (or crushed nuts*)

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Method

For the dressing
In a jar I mixed the first three ingredients of the dressing. I gave the jar a really good shake and then tasted the dressing. You should be able to taste the salt of the fish sauce, sourness of the lime and sweetness of the sugar. Adjust your dressing until you are happy with it by adding more of what is needed i.e. sour, sweet or salty.

With a mortar and pestle I crushed the garlic and red chillies and added them to the jar with the dressing. I gave it a really good shake and set it aside in the refrigerator until needed.

For the salad
In a bowl I mixed the papaya, carrot, chilli, beans, tomato, spring onion and shrimp. Then I added a couple of tablespoons of crushed nuts because I didn’t have any roasted peanuts. The peanuts in this salad are usually chunky.

I added the dressing and mixed the salad well before serving with a sprinkling of crushed nuts.

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