Saturday, August 30, 2014

Easy Italian Style Halibut Stew Recipe

This easy Italian style halibut stew recipe is good for lunch or dinner. Italy has influences on its food and culture from the Greek, Roman, Arab and Norman civilizations. Each area of Italy has its own specializations and what distinguishes Italian food as a whole, is their preference for fresh, seasonal produce.

Seafood, legumes, olive oil, tomatoes and pasta are all important in Italian food. So are garlic, sausages, cheese, rice, chilies, onions, vegetables and mushrooms. This recipe gives a nice taste of Italy and only requires two types of seafood.
  • 2 pounds halibut-cut into pieces for the stew
  • 1 small tin tomato paste
  • 3 tbs garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 6 fl ozs (150ml) white wine
  • 2 medium sized onions-finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper-chopped
  • 3 ribs(stalks) celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 ozs anchovies
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  •  ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan on low heat.
  2. Add the butter.
  3. Add the onion and bell pepper, sprinkling salt in the pot as you add them. Cook until the onions are clear.
  4. Add the sliced garlic and anchovies. Allow them to cook for a minute.
  5. Add the vinegar.
  6. Add the celery, oregano, basil and black pepper.
  7. Add the tomato paste, cover and allow it to simmer for fifteen minutes.
  8. Whenever it starts to get too thick, add some of the wine.
  9. Add the halibut.
  10. When the fish is cooked and the stew has the desired consistency, turn it off and serve hot, with garlic bread.

Quick and Easy Fresh Strawberry Dark Chocolate Pie Recipe with a Store Bought Crust

Chocolate, strawberries and lemon, with just a hint of rum, can make a delicious combination in this strawberry and dark chocolate pie. To save on time and get to the consumption stage more quickly, this recipe uses a store bought crust. Feel free to substitute it with your own pre baked homemade crust.

For this recipe you will need:
  • 1 lb of fresh, ripe strawberries
  • 100 g of your favorite brand of dark chocolate
  • 2 tsps of Jamaican coconut rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pack of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 store bought or homemade pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbs coconut, strawberry or lemon flavored gelatin powder
1. Bake the pie crust for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) then set it aside to cool.
2. Dissolve the sugar in the water and put the solution to boil, stirring in the cornstarch gradually until the mixture thickens.
3. Add the gelatin and leave it to cool slightly, to about 25 degrees Celsius, or room temperature.
4. Break the chocolate into chunks, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at medium power for about 120 seconds.
5. Add the rum to the chocolate, stirring slowly.
6. Mix the milk, chocolate pudding mix and vanilla together and pour into the pie crust.
7. Rinse the strawberries, drain thoroughly and then lightly position them in the mixture, in an attractive pattern.
8. Pour the gelatin mix over the strawberries.
9. Pour the chocolate/rum mix in swirls on top and leave the pie in the refrigerator to set for 4 hours or more before serving.