We just luurrvveeee seafood in this house. I must admit I prefer them as ‘au naturale’ as possible, but he wants his food infused with spice which is why my kitchen is all about fusion food and compromises.
Here’s a real treat – seafood infused with coconut, saffron, garlic and thyme. Lovely with rice, a nice home made bread, a salad and a chilled white wine. Using Walkerswood’s ready-made rundown sauce makes this recipe a quick but delicious choice.
- 20 large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 500 lobster, shelled & cubed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 stalks escallion, chopped
- 3 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 0,5 tsp saffron strands
- 0,5 lime, juiced
- 2 jars Walkerswood Rundown Sauce
- 2 tsp thyme, chopped
- 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Prepare the shrimp and lobster.
- Heat oil in a saucepan over moderate heat.
- Saute escallion, tomatoes, garlic and saffron for 5 mins.
- Add shrimp, lobster, salt and black pepper and let simmer.
- Stir in chopped herbs and cook for 5minutes. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
Gumbo is a typical example of the kind of fusion food I love so much. This is a stew with its roots in Louisiana where it was made from a combination of French cooking techniques (think boillabaisse), the local Choctaw’s filet powder, local seafood, and okra brought in by West African slaves.
The stock is always as rich as possible, made with whatever complements the type of gumbo (seafood stock for seafood gumbo, chicken stock for chicken gumbo, etc.). A typical gumbo contains one or more kinds of poultry, shellfish and smoked pork.
- 750g cooked crabmeat
- 1tbsp vegetable oil
- 25g/2tbsp butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 1tbsp chopped thyme
- 2tbsp chopped parsley
- 2tsp West Indian Curry Paste/Powder
- 250g okra, trimmed and sliced
- 1 whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper
- 600ml fish stock
- 300ml coconut milk
- 1tsp ground allspice
- salt & pepper to taste
- Prepare crab, if necessary.
- Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over moderate heat and saute the onion.
- Add the tomatoes, thyme, parsley, curry paste and okra and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
- Add the whole hot pepper, fish stock, coconut milk, allspice, salt and black pepper.
- Stir in the crab meat, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10-15minutes.
- Serve with rice.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and some shrimp