Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hunter from the Heartland

I talked (enthused) with Jim Mora about this title on Radio NZ National this afternoon.
Here is the recipe from the book which I mentioned in our discussion.

Easy Fish Curry with Bananas and Prawns


1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
cooking oil for frying
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 spring onion, finely sliced
3cm knob ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 × 400ml can coconut cream
2 × 200g snapper fillets, cubed
12 prawns
2 bananas, sliced
1 bunch coriander, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 lemon

When a workmate introduced me to curry with bananas, I wasn’t sold at first. It sounded weird but after trying it, I loved it.
Sweat down onion and garlic in a medium-hot frying pan in a little oil. Add chilli, spring onion and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle over curry powder and cook for another 2 minutes. Then add fish sauce and coconut cream, and bring to the boil.
Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer. Add snapper and poach for 4 minutes. Add prawns and bananas and simmer for another 4 minutes. Add chopped coriander and gently stir through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Serve with steamed rice.

Dead simple and delicious, like all of his recipes.
A special book, great fun with as much space given over to his stories as to recipes and cooking. The perfect gift for Fathers Day I reckon. Published this coming Friday 3 August.
Published by Random House $49.99

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