Saturday, October 27, 2018

New England Fish Chowdah! GOOOOoooood.

We had a lot of coconut cream that needed using up, and I was hungry for a hearty chowder. I made it at home and we took it out to our old cabin to heat up on the hot plate after J. finished fishing in our pond and I finished sketching!

Rich and tasty and I couldn't tell it from a more traditional bowl of chowdah!

I sketched the gorgeous woods and played one of my flutes, waiting for dinner...

Here are the basics, I didn't actually use a recipe...

Nice bite-size bits...


4-5 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
1/2 to 1 sweet onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 stalks celery, chopped--add celery leaves if you have them!
1 small carrot (my husband's not a carrot fan!, but more would be fine)
2-3 C. (at LEAST) of cauliflower cut into bite size chunks
2 fish filets, cut into bite size pieces (we had cod, but pretty much anything you prefer would be delicious. Maybe clams, shrimp, maybe salmon, whatever fishie!)
handful of parsley chopped (I'd just finished drying our garden parsley)
chicken broth
coconut cream or milk, full fat
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
black pepper if you're in reintroductory phase
1 t lemon juice or to taste (I do a lot of tasting)
a bit of turmeric (optional)
a little bit of ginger (I just used about 1/4 t. of my turmeric paste, which has ginger and turmeric in it)

Looks good, doesn't it?
I've cooked whole meals out here, but since we had Lady with us and she was soooo interested in everything I was doing, I was glad it was ready to warm up!
Yep, we both had a second bowl...same photo, though. :D


Saute the onion and garlic in bacon grease.

Dump everything but the fish in the pan, cover with coconut milk and chicken (or fish) broth (I don't know how much I used. Cover so it's soup-like.)

Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat to simmer till vegetables are done, then add the fish. Continue cooking till the fish is done.

Some people cook the cauliflower separately, then put it through the blender to make the soup thicker...I didn't bother. Some use a thickener, I didn't was delicous as it was!
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