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Chowder is a seafood and/or vegetable thickened soup served with milk or cream. It is traditionally eaten, or even thickened with, saltine crackers but it can easily be made without.

This is how I made mine (quantities to serve 2 people)

– 400g chopped tomatoes with juices (approximately one can; I used cherry tomatoes)

– one onion, chopped finely

– 1 minced garlic clove

– a handful of mushrooms, chopped roughly (I used dried shiitake mushrooms which I soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes prior to adding to the recipe) – or other vegetables of choice

– mussels which have been debearded and scrubbed well – or shell removed (approx. 4-6 per person, depending on size)

– 1/2 cup white wine

– 1/2 cup chopped chorizo, chopped into 1/4 inch discs

– 1/2 cup single cream / heavy cream or make your own

– 1 cup stock

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 tablespoon green curry paste (mine was store-bought)

– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

– chopped coriander (optional, because coriander is delicious with anything!)

Method

– In a deep pan on medium heat add the olive oil and green curry paste, this will begin to dissolve. Cook for about 1 minute, then add the chopped onion and stir. Cook until onions become translucent, about 5 minutes. Subsequently add the minced garlic and cook for a further minute.

– Add the chorizo slices and stir until these start to brown slightly. Add some wine if the mixture starts to dry up.

– Now add the tomatoes, wine, stock and apple cider vinegar and stir.

– If you are using any vegetables that take longer to cook, chop them into bite size chunks and add them now. Give them sufficient time to soften – adding more stock or a small amount of water if necessary.

– Add the mushrooms and mussels to the pot and stir carefully so as not to break up the mussels.

– Simmer for 5 minutes and add the cream. Stir gently until the cream is heated through (about 1 minute), check the seasoning and add salt or pepper if necessary.

-Serve hot with chopped coriander  and freshly ground pepper as garnish

chowder


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