Caldinho de Peixe

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Date: December 21, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed:30 minutes

This recipe is a good reminder that in Indian culture “curry” is not a spice, nor even the blend of spices we call curry powder. It is a type of cooking. A curry is a stew using meat, fish, chicken or vegetables in a spiced sauce. The spices may or may not include curry leaves or a curry powder blend. They may or may not provide the flavour we associate with curry powder.

In this dish the flavours that stand out are cumin and coriander with a hint of coconut in the coconut milk sauce base, and the author describes it as “fish in a light coconut milk curry”.

I confess I did not go out and get a fresh coconut to grind up with water to provide the coconut milk. I used a can of coconut milk. So I had to guess at the quantities. I also expect it was nowhere near as thick as thick coconut milk obtained from the first grinding.

Nevertheless I enjoyed the dish and my only objection is that white fish in a white sauce served with white rice made for a colourless meal. And that reminds me, I am not familiar with the fish named in the recipe and do not know if they would have added colour. I used the white fish fillets I had on hand in the freezer.

Caldinho de Peixe

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Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

Source:More with Less Cookbook
Date tried:October 25, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A delightful treat of Indonesian-style shrimp fritters. Even my daughter, who has had so many experiences of dried and/or too greasy seafood fritters that she no longer even orders them, found these delicious and highly recommends them. The suggested dipping sauce is a perfect complement! I used a cast-iron fry pan for the frying. Works well.

Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

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Grilled Fish and Coconut Rice

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Made: January 27, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 30-40 minutes

This is a simple recipe and can be easily made in the time it takes to cook the rice.  Note that the rice is cooked in two stages: with water and then with coconut milk.

Grilled Fish and Coconut Rice

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Shrimp and Cheese Filling

Source:Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:July 6, 2017
Yield: 5 servings
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Cook shrimp ahead of time

Provided the shrimp is already cooked, this is a fast, fairly easy lunch treat. I was unhappy with the colour and texture of the cheese sauce. I am doubtful about the proportions of butter, flour and white wine. The dark not-very-cheesy colour is likely due to using whole wheat rather than unbleached flour or possibly to letting the butter brown. So not the best effect this time, but worth trying again with amendments to the method.

Shrimp & Cheese Filling

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