Fabulous Fish for Good Friday
~ Marmite Ecossaise ~
Luxury Scottish Seafood Stew
Today is Good Friday, a day traditionally associated with fish, and I must admit that I usually cook one of my fish pies for our Good Friday lunch or dinner, but this year I have developed a new recipe – my take on a classic French fish and seafood stew, Marmite Dieppoise which originates from Normandy in Northern France. And, this recipe was a dream to make, as I had the most amazing fresh fish delivered recently from John at Delish Fish in Peterhead in Scotland; my fresh fishy package contained an amazing array of fish and seafood – monkfish, lemon sole, cod, sea bass, halibut, scallops and some dried salt cod too. I have many more recipes planned to make with my fresh fish, but just for Good Friday I have developed this luxury fish stew, a concoction of delicious fish and seafood with wine, cream, curry and fennel bulb……my take on this classic French stew……perfect for a Good Friday lunch or dinner, serve it with crusty bread and a super chilled white wine, a luxurious recipe to mark the beginning of the end of Lent.
I used monkfish, cod, lemon sole, scallops, mussels and king prawns in this recipe, but any white fish can be used, such as hake, coley, haddock or ling. I decided to serve my mussels out of their shells, but again, if you want a more tactile meal then serve the mussels in their shells in this stew…..you can also cook this fish stew with cider instead of white wine, but I wanted a dry crispy flavour for this dish, and so I used a Muscadet………
I bet a splash if Pastis would be a great option in this stew too, although the fennel bulb and fennel seeds add that wonderful aniseed flavour, which is a perfect foil to the fish and seafood. You can prepare the vegetable and wine base beforehand, as long as no fish or seafood is added, and then just gently reheat it and continue as posted in the recipe below. All that remains is for me to wish you all a very Happy Easter, I will be sharing some more Easter cake recipes over the weekend, as well as another fishy dish over the weekend. Karen.
If you fancy making a fish pie, I have several recipes on the blog here: