Inspired by a classic salad from Skye Gyngell – not someone I’d automatically associate with Asian food, but what the heck – I turned this into a pasta supper. It might sound odd to include Parmesan here, but it works. Honest! The key to this is to use only the best quality fish sauce* you can find. A traditional Nam Jim dressing would include coriander roots and stems, and if you wish to ruin the dish please feel free to do the same – can you tell I’m not a fan?
- 220g Spaghetti
- 120g Crab [mixed brown and white meat]
- 1 Banana Shallot
- 2 Red Chillies
- 1 Clove of Garlic
- Juice of 1 Lime
- A pinch of Palm Sugar
- 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 60g Parmigiano Reggiano [grated]
Whilst the pasta cooks, finely dice the shallot and chilli and soften with the crushed garlic in a little oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and a ladle of the pasta water. Allow the al dente pasta to finish cooking in the sauce.
*Readers of my recent Vietnamese adventure will remember that Uyen recommends the Three Crabs brand.
Posted in Easy, Pescatarian, Recipe
Tagged chilli, crab, fish sauce, garlic, lime, parmesan, recipe, shallot, Skye Gyngell, spaghetti
AKA “Spaghedgeree” if you’re feeling all Spike Milligan, or are four years old.
So, there I am mooching around the farmers market in the sunshine, the asparagus and strawberries are in the bag, and I’ve already got my eye on some lovely looking crabs at the fishmongers stall, and I’m thinking that dinner’s a done deal. Spaghetti with crab and chilli (about which I’ll post another day). When all of a sudden I come across a fascinating little stall selling dishes from India to the Philippines and stopping at a few fun sounding places along the way. I’d have happily scoffed several there and then if I hadn’t already stuffed my face with a lamb bourek from the nice couple on the Algerian stall. One of their offerings was a kedgeree fish cake, and now I’m craving warm curry spices with the crab. I need to pimp my pasta, kedgeree style, and luckily there a couple of hot smoked salmon fillets in the fridge to provide the required smoky notes. Raj era bureaucrat’s breakfast it may not be, but we’re having it for tea…
- I medium brown crab [brown and white meat, and claws too if you have them]
- 1 onion, chopped
- 150g hot smoked salmon, flaked
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp chilli powder
- ¾ tsp garam masala
- 180 ml double cream
- 220g spaghetti
- 20g parmesan
- A splash of vermouth
- Some chopped fresh coriander
- A mild green chilli, deseeded and chopped
Cook the spaghetti as directed until al dente. Sauté the onion in the oil until softened then add the spices and cook for a couple more minutes. Add the vermouth and quickly bubble away to almost nothing. Add the cream and once bubbling toss in the crab, the salmon and the parmesan [fish and cheese? yes, but it’s really more of a seasoning here], taste and season with salt and pepper. Throw the spaghetti into the sauce with a ladle of its cooking water, strew the coriander and chopped chilli over the top, stir, and you’re done.
I had some halved boiled quails eggs with mine for the full kedgeree effect, but left them out for the Shopkeeper whose egg aversion seems to be growing ever deeper roots.
Posted in Pescatarian, Recipe
Tagged chilli, chilli powder, coriander, crab, cream, curried, curry, garam masala, green chilli, hot smoked salmon, kedgeree, onion, parmesan, recipe, salmon, smoked salmon, spaghedgeree, spaghetti, turmeric, vegetable oil, vermouth
Firstly, a very happy new year to all my readers. For my first post of 2011 I’d like to share a favourite recipe which would be ideal for a twelfth night supper – an antidote to too many treatments of left-over turkey, but still with hints of Christmas from the sherry and the fruit. And the whole thing is oven baked like a Ligurian Arrosto so you won’t need to spend forever stirring at the stove. Perfect for chilly early January.
What began as an old friend from Delia Smith’s winter collection took a new twist one day when I was looking at the photo in the book and thought I saw raisins. Hang on, I thought, why not? The dish is rich with the forest floor earthiness of the mushrooms, salty and savoury with Parmesan, and warmed by the booze – why not add some sweet pearls of fruitiness? Trust me on this one, you’ll be back for more.
For two hungry people
- 50g raisins
- 180ml Oloroso sherry [or Amontillado if you prefer]
- 20g dried porcini
- 250g chestnut or portobello mushrooms cut into 1 cm dice
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 175g canaroli or arborio rice
- 70g butter
- At least 150g grated parmesan, plus more to finish if you wish [grated or shaved]*
- 1 tsp table salt
- Plenty of freshly ground black pepper
First pour 570ml of boiling water over the dried porcini and leave for a couple of hours. The soaking liquor will provide your stock, so don’t rush it as the longer it soaks the richer it will be. At the same time soak the raisins in the sherry.
Melt the butter and sauté the onions for a few minutes, then add the diced mushrooms. Drain the porcini [reserving the stock liquor], chop, and add to the pan along with the garlic. Allow this mixture to sweat on a low heat for another fifteen minutes, stirring from time to time. As the mushrooms sweat heat the oven to 150˚C and set a shallow dish to warm.
Turn up the heat under the pan, add the rice and stir well to coat with the buttery mushroom juices. After a minute or so pour in the sherry from the raisins and stir for another thirty seconds. Pour in the mushroom stock, the raisins, the salt and pepper and stir thoroughly. Tip everything into the warmed dish and give it twenty minutes in the oven.
Remove from the oven and gently turn everything over with a slotted spoon whilst also incorporating the grated parmesan. Back in the oven for another fifteen minutes, and it’s done. The finished dish will sit happily under a tea towel for a couple of minutes whilst you warm a couple of serving bowls. Top with more parmesan before serving.
*For a strictly vegetarian version try replacing the parmesan with Old Winchester, a British hard cheese from Lyburn Dairy made with vegetarian rennet. Find out more about Lyburn and Old Winchester in my article here.
Posted in Recipe, Vegetarian [or Vegetarian Version]
Tagged Amontillado, arborio, black pepper, butter, canaroli, Delia Smith, mushroom, Oloroso, parmesan, Parmigiano-Reggiano, porcini, raisin, recipe, rice, risotto, sherry