Thursday, 22 March 2012

Fish Chowder And Banoffi Pie Dinner

 One Pot Dinner For Four
Fish Chowder

Dieters please look away now!

Thousands of calories!

Fish chowder is one of my all time favourite meals and I have passed this love on to The Devil Child. Tonight he has especially requested it for dinner and this is the recipe I use. I say 'recipe' but this is a very loose description of what I actually do and what I actually use ... of course it must have fish and potatoes and milk and cream but other ingredients are optional and interchangeable with many other things ...

The Ingredients Today Were:

Olive oil
Chopped onion
Chopped red pepper
Chopped green pepper
Diced potatoes
Diced carrot
Can drained sweetcorn
Handful frozen peas
Pint full cream milk
Double cream to taste
Enough fish for four - today - salmon fillet, cod fillet, monkfish fillet, fresh prawns, frozen prawns
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Handful chopped parsley

Today I started with some lardons and fried them in a little oil with some chopped onion until gently browned.

Frying chopped onion and lardons in oil

 I then added a chopped red pepper and a chopped green pepper and fried until lightly coloured.

Frying chopped peppers, lardons and onions

In a separate pan I cooked two large carrots and two large potatoes (roughly chopped) with just a little water until soft and squigee. I then added salt and pepper and roughly squashed them. I then added the can of drained sweetcorn.

Sweetcorn added to potato and carrot mixture

All in one pan the potato, carrot, onion, pepper and peas

I then combined the two pans ingredients and added the defrosted peas. This mixture should now be very thick and gloopy. At this point I checked the seasoning again and added plenty of fresh salt and pepper.


The next stage is to add the milk to the pan.

Thick chowder base

The mixture should be thick not like a stew but like a very heavy soup. Put on a gentle heat and stir frequently until all heated through.

Defrosted frozen and fresh prawn mixture

Separately I have now skinned and boned the fish and cut it into even chunks. The frozen prawns must be defrosted thoroughly.

Monkfish, cod and salmon skinned, boned and cut into chunks

When the chowder has been heated thoroughly add the fish a little at a time (leave the fresh and frozen prawns until last) in order of their need for cooking - no small fish pieces will need more than four or five minutes and the prawns only three at most.

Now for the cream - the amount depends on thickness of chowder at this time (and thickness of your waistline!) Heat through gently now and do not boil the mixture once the cream is added.

Almost ready
Nearly there - with added cream

If the chowder is too thick then add more cream - if too thin I add some potato flakes. I often put a little dash of Worcestershire Sauce in the pan at this time too as it gives a good flavouring but do not overdo this or it will discolour the chowder.


Chopped parsley and lemon to taste

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with sliced lemon and lots of bread for dipping.

Delicious bread

Ready for action!

A really lovely one pot meal for four cooked in around forty minutes. Serve it with a good bottle of Chablis and enjoy it.

As I said at the beginning this 'recipe' can be altered to suit your taste. It does not need the lardons and the vegetables can be altered to your liking - add leeks or mushrooms - and the fish can be of any kind. For vegetarians the fish and bacon can be left out entirely and butter beans and other pulse can be added instead.  The only important ingredients are the potatoes and the milk, which form the base of the chowder. Whatever your taste this is a very easy one pot meal. Me? ... I like it just the way it is!

      Cheats Banoffi  And Chocolate Pie

This is another of the  Devil Child's favourite dishes so I made this for our pudding. The ingredients are simple ...

Digestive biscuits and butter for the crushed base
Melted chocolate to cover the base
Chill until firm
Can caramel spread over the chocolate base
Chill again until firm

Base with biscuits, chocolate and caramel well chilled

Now for the next stage ...

Two firm bananas

Chopped bananas to cover the caramel ...

Chopped bananas over the caramel

Whipped mascapone and double cream all over in peaks and dust with cocoa powder ...

Mascarpone and double cream

No cocoa so this will have to do!

And that is all there is to it. As you can see I seldom measure anything and just use what is available!

Looks OK ...

So I made two!

Being a mother of a large family means that it is difficult to cook on a small scale. Years of cooking for a tribe leaves a distinct mark.  I usually make too much of absolutely everything, which generally is not a problem as the family and grandkids usually take care of it all!



  1. That all looks lovely and yummyx

  2. The fish doesn't do anything for me, but the banoffee ... Yum! I love recipes without precise quantities! Thank you

  3. OK I am on my way just put mine on a tray and I will look after myself when I get there!! lol xx

  4. Only 9 am and I am thinking about supper already. This looks like our kind of food.

  5. Glad you all enjoyed it (and in a very small voice, that would be my nightmare meal, sorry!)

  6. That all looks delicious! I am going to try making the fish chowder in the future. Thanks for sharing. :-)


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