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Ingredients (for 6 people) :
For the chowder base:Method: Start by making the chowder base. Sauté the onion, carrot and fennel in a skillet or frying pan over a
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 large carrot, finely diced,
- 1 small fennel, finely diced
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 300g cooked Norwegian cold-water prawns, with their shell on
- 2 litres fish stock
- 5 allspice berries
- 2 star anise
- 2 parsley stalks
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 threads saffron
For the soup:
- 100ml cooking brandy
- 1 large leek, thinly sliced
- 300ml double cream
- 500g shellfish such as clams, de-bearded mussels, lobster
- 300g Norwegian cod, sliced into bite-sized chunks
- 300g cooked new potatoes, sliced in half
- Sea rosemary as garnish
- Wild fennel pollen (available from Global Harvest Ltd)
- Chive flowers or borage flowers as a garnish (if in season)
- 300ml crème fraiche to garnish (optional)
low heat until soft and translucent. This should take about 5-10 minutes depending on your pan. Peel
the prawns and keep the shells, adding the latter to the pan with the sautéed vegetables and fry for
about 5 minutes.
Transfer this mixture over to a medium-large saucepan along with the fish stock, allspice berries, star anise, parsley stalks, bay and saffron. Simmer for 30 minutes until the stock looks pale orange from the shells and saffron, and then sieve the stock into a slightly smaller saucepan.
Throw away the prawn shells and other flavourings, you won't need them anymore.
Flambé the brandy or cook off the alcohol in a small saucepan and add this to the stock. Boil this
soup base until it has reduced by 1/2 (if the base tastes bland at this stage, keep reducing until the
flavour takes on a concentrated seafood note. Every fish stock is different).
Meanwhile, sauté the leek in a little butter until it is soft and add this to the stock, along with the
double cream. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add all the seafood - except the prawns - and allow
to cook for a further 3-5 minutes until the fish is opaque and the clams or mussels have popped wide
open. If they are still closed, simply simmer for another minute or two. If any remain tightly shut then simply get rid of them.
Adjust the seasoning if necessary (the clams and mussels will add extra salinity to this dish), then add the sliced new potatoes, the prawns and serve whilst warm with a garnish of sea rosemary, a sprinkle of wild fennel pollen and any seasonal edible flower you have. An extra dollop of crème fraiche is an indulgent optional topping.