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Caldeirada (Sea food stew)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 large green peppers, sliced
  • 75ml/2½fl oz olive oil
  • 60g/2¼oz chopped flatleaf parsley
  • a good pinch of saffron
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 4 large juicy ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 75ml/2½fl oz tomato paste
  • 500ml/17½fl oz dry white wine
  • 450g/1lb squid, cleaned
  • 25 clams or cockles
  • 900g/2lb oily fish like mackerel, swordfish or tuna
  • 900g/2lb white fish like sea bass, monkfish, hake or haddock
  • 225g/8oz good large raw shrimps 
  • 24 mussels
    2 cups of cassava cut in cubes
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 30g chopped fresh cilantro

    Method

    1. Slowly sweat off the onion, garlic and green peppers in the olive oil for about 10 minutes. After sweating, cover to stew very gently for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This breaks down the green pepper to a more palatable form.
    2. Add the parsley, saffron, bay leaves, peppercorns, tomatoes, cassava, tomato paste, wine and water. Cover and simmer for ten minutes.
    3. Add the squid and clams or cockles and simmer for another ten minutes.
    4. Add the fish, prawns and mussels in layers. Don't stir too much as you'll want the fish to cook in the broth.
    5. Sprinkle with a heavy dose of the black pepper, cover and cook for about ten minutes or until the fish is cooked through and the mussels and clams or cockles are open. Discard any that don't open.
    6. Ladle the stew gently into vat-sized bowls and sprinkle with the chopped coriander.
    7. Serve with bread or rice.