Catalan

Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew


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 are that if you love seafood and have traveled in Spain, especially in the provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona, you have at one point or another had an encounter with the dish featured here. It represents the philosophy of both old and new cooking styles one finds all over this area and in fact, in most parts of the Mediterranean coastline – a few first-class ingredients cooked without fuss and pronto- Life is Good !
A wonderful meal, ideally shared with great company and a glass (or two) of the local wine, and, if on top of that you are lucky enough to sit in a cozy little restaurant by the sea, life is as good as it gets.
Somebody gifted me with a small bag of mussels on Sunday, which by itself would have made a great appetizer. But because I always have shrimp in the freezer (today I had two different types,  small/ peeled,/ tail-off and large/ tail-on), and because I wanted to have something a bit more substantial for dinner, I thought this seafood stew would do the trick. And indeed, it did 🙂
Great taste, easy on the eyes and a snap to prepare, both Bella and I were completely happy with the way this turned out 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
Since I don’t drink/use alcohol, I have started to use apple cider as a substitute where wine is called for.
Works out great for most dishes, both in the food and with the food 🙂 Cheers !
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Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

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Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

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Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

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Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

Catalan Shrimp & Mussels Stew

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Pa Amb Tomàquet

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While “Tomato Bread” or “Pan de Tomate” is well know around the world, the similar dish  “pa amb tomàquet” is less known and slightly different in its preparation.
Usually, (but not always),  pan de tomate is done with pureed tomatoes, olive oil and garlic on grilled bread, while the authentic Catalan “pa amb tomàquet” has the tomato cut in half, then rubbed on the bread. Granted, the difference is subtle, but I personally prefer the the Catalan version to the one with the (too much for me) pureed tomatoes.
Either way, thank you Spain for another wonderful, simple dish that makes our life a better one 🙂
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Que vagi de gust  !   El meu aerolliscador està ple d’anguiles !   (Just Kidding) 🙂
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sour dough bread, vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic-confit paste in olive oil

sour dough bread, vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic-confit paste in olive oil

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rub tomato on freshly grilled bread

rub tomato on freshly grilled bread

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drizzle with garlic and oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and basil chiffonade (optional)

drizzle with garlic and oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and basil chiffonade (optional)

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“pa amb tomà quet”

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