Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Fish Chowder and My Daughter's Nut and Seed Bread
Full disclosure, it's been a rough week around here. The cute doggie did not respond well to the 2nd chemo, and we almost lost him over the weekend. He's doing a bit better now, but my heart is sad at the thought of losing my buddy.
Fenway in happier times (on vacation at the beach and in the Maine snow!)
So cooking wasn't really on my mind.
I had this vague idea that I was going to make some healthy Valentines treats to share.
Sorry, not happening.
My daughter offered to share the bread recipe she made today. It's a vegan/paleo/gluten-free nut seed pumpernickel loaf.
She adapted the recipe from The Organic Dietitian.
Doesn't it look healthy?
I started wondering what I could have it with.
Then it hit me - Ash Wednesday. My favorite haddock chowder recipe. Perfect combination.
Back in 2014, I celebrated my sale to LIS with dinner at my favorite lobster house in Maine. We started off the meal with their fabulous fish chowder. Ever since then I'd been craving haddock chowder.
I was finally smart enough to look up a recipe. Haddock isn't easy to find around here, but Costco has been carrying it and the recipe is delicious.
Down East Chowder
@ 1 pound of haddock fillet
4 cups of water
You boil the haddock in the water. I like to use my Dutch Oven for this. You have to skim off the foam, but after boiling it for about 10 minutes, you have a nice fish stock.
You remove the fish and break it into bite-sized pieces. Then add about 3 cups of chopped potatoes, 1 cup chopped onion and 1 cup chopped celery. Cover and simmer until tender.
When everything looks ready, add the fish back in. You can add some salt and pepper at this point, and then swirl in 1 cup of milk/cream/half and half (depending on richness you want) and a pat of butter.
I thought I had taken pictures of the process, but I hope you'll settle for pictures from my celebratory dinner.
Is fish chowder one of your favorites?