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Fish Tagine

Fish Tagine

With its delicate flavour this meal sits beautifully on the family meal table and would be equally well received by dinner guests.

It is simple to make in a short period of time which also makes it a great addition to the weekly menu.  Last week I collected the final harvest of our garden peas.  The plants have been removed to make way for new spring vegetables that are going into the garden beds this weekend. The fresh peas and warm spring sunshine inspired this dish. Fish features more often on our family meal table as the weather warms. The freshness of both appealed to me after collecting this beautiful early spring harvest.

freshly picked garden peas

Fish Tagine
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A quick meal to make during the week, or to serve to dinner guests. The light floral flavors are perfectly suited to spring.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • pinch of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice
  • 2 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 1 cm piece of fresh ginger - grated
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 and ½ cups of vegetable or fish stock
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 200 grams cherry tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes)
  • 400 grams snapper - cut into cubes
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • rice to serve
  • fresh parsley to serve
  1. Place the saffron into a small dish with the warm water to soften
  2. Set the rice to cook
  3. Add the oil, garlic and ginger to a pan to soften over low-medium heat
  4. Add the paprika, cinnamon and salt and stir
  5. Add the stock, honey, the saffron and water and tomatoes and stir
  6. Bring to a simmer
  7. Add the fish and when it is almost cooked through add the peas
  8. Continue to simmer until the fish has cooked
  9. Serve with rice and topped with fresh parsley
  10. Add additional sides if you wish
The serve size of this meal is suitable for 2 adults and 2 small children.
This dish works best if you use a meaty fish so that it doesn’t dissolve in the liquid when you are cooking it. Snapper was easy to cut into decent sized cubes.

I wanted the fresh garden peas to retain their crisp freshness thus cooked then for a very short period of time. If you are using frozen peas use your judgement and allow them to simmer for a suitable period of time.

Have a wonderful weekend, it is going to be glorious weather. We will be in the vegetable garden planting more spring vegetables and maybe starting some summer preparation.   If you are yet to take a look at the newly launched Kitchen Garden Box  please take the time to do so. It is designed to help you plant, grow and enjoy your fresh garden harvests over each of the seasons in the year.   It removes the guess work from growing a vegetable garden.

The many families who have already purchased theirs have their seedlings being planted in their gardens now. Get started while the weather is lovely and mild. Enjoy your time outside in the vegetable garden this weekend.



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