Soft shelled crabs are a seasonal delight on the east coast of the US. They're not cheap, but I can only find them mid spring in these parts. They are Maryland blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), found in Chesapeake Bay and environs - and they, like all crabs, shed their hard shells annually so...
It's not a traditional soubise since it uses bacon grease instead of butter, but it came out really good.
Serves 2 generously
4 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 pound scallions, spring onions or leeks
1/2 pound fennel bulb plus fronds for garnish
1/2 cup white wine
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup heavy...
Poached Fennel, Apple, and Juniper Mahi-Mahi
About a pound (450 grams) of mahi-mahi fillet, or any other firm white-fleshed fish. Leave skin on, if it comes that way.
1-2 ounces / 30-55 grams dried juniper berries.
1/4 cup / 60 mL gin.
About 6 ounces / 170 grams...
Recipe courtesy of Chef Norman Van Aken. Adapted to a more traditional cooking method, charcoal/wood burning oven/grill.
Makes 4 appetizer/tapas servings or 2 main course. Can be doubled easily.
1 cup Salsa Escalivada (recipe below)
Roasted garlic allioli (recipe below)
1 large eggplant cut...
The Greek name for this salad is: Kardia Arniou Stin Schara Kai Marathosalata. A little too long to put in the title.
Recipe source: Michael Psilaktis's book, How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking. Page 146.
4 large lamb hearts...
Crisp and crunchy and made for dunking, this Italian ‘twice-cooked’ biscuit is traditionally served with Italian dessert wine Vino Santo, rather than coffee. I understand there is an optimum recommended duration for 'biscotti dunking' into Vino Santo!
Its an unusual biscuit because...
This recipe is so easy that it feels like cheating. Fennel is great with any fish or seafood - add fruity, hot Scotch Bonnet chilli and let the flavours dance. You could use another type of chilli if you can't get Scotch Bonnet but I particularly like the fruity notes combined with the aniseed...
This was a genuine experiment - I had a hunch that juniper berries might work with fennel. I munched on a piece of raw fennel with a juniper berry squashed and rubbed on top. Oh my - that works, I thought: the delicious conifer notes of juniper with the slightly sweet aniseed fennel is magical...
Serves 2, Preparation time 5 mins, Cooking time 20 mins
2 fresh fennels
2 tablespoons powder turmeric
40 g. grated Pecorino cheese
Extra Virgin olive oil (Evoo) to taste
a pinch of ground black pepper
a pinch of salt (optional)
Wash the fennel well and dry it with a kitchen towel...
Moroccan Spiced Fish with Fennel, Leek and Cream Sauce
Ingredients (to serve 4)
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tsp ras el hanout
4 thick pieces of firm white fish (I used cod)
1 large bulb of fennel, sliced thinly
1 large leek, sliced thinly
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
½ tsp turmeric
100 ml dry...
MOROCCAN CHICKEN WITH ORANGE AND FENNEL
INGREDIENTS (to serve 2)
4 chicken thighs, skin removed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp ras el hanout
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thinly
3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 medium red chilli, chopped
1 can of chickpeas
50 g of...
Congratulations go to @CraigC who won the Recipe Challenge ‘bread’ with a recipe for mushroom bread pudding and has chosen fennel (both fresh and/or seeds) as the next challenge ingredient. The deadline for entries is midday Wednesday 8th August (BST).
The full list of previous winners...