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Ahlbecker Meeresfrüchte Suppe (Ahlbeck-Style Seafood Soup)

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Back  when my wife Maria and I were owners of Restaurant Gildenkeller in Neubrandenburg, (in the former East Germany), one of our short weekend trips took us to the island of Usedom, which is about an  hours drive by car from Neubrandenburg, where our restaurant was located.
I remember the quaint little Inn’s and the few stately, but outdated and mostly dilapidated grand hotels of better times past (before the communists took over). However, there were also a number of small, new restaurants, run with much enthusiasm and love by their newly capitalist owners, which excelled in their standards of food and service. In one such gem in the town of Ahlbeck (I forgot the name of the restaurant but not the food we ate) Maria and I had a most wonderful lunch, consisting of an delightful appetizer of “Matjes Herring” with “Pumpernickel“, a superb main course of  “Ahlbecker Meeresfrüchte Suppe” and a great dessert of “Rote Grütze“.
Today I prepared the soup as I remembered it from so many years ago and it did not disappoint 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
Check the bottom of this page for “Bella’s Salmon Stew” 🙂
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Ahlbecker Meeresfrüchte Suppe

Ahlbecker Meeresfrüchte Suppe

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Ahlbecker Meeresfrüchte Suppe

Ahlbecker Meeresfrüchte Suppe

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Bellas Fish Stew
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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 42 – Brandade

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While  a traditional brandade is usually made with salted cod (bacalao) and olive oil, over time many different variations have evolved. Today I’ve had a version that has evolved in my own kitchen. When Maria was still alive, I prepared bacalao for her often, since it was one of her favorite food’s and many times she asked for it to be prepared as brandade.
I myself, on the other hand, am a stout hater of bacalao ever since I encountered  klippfisk and lutefisk (bacalao) the first time while I was working in Sweden during the early 70’s. While FRESH  bacalao /torsk / cod / kabeljau remains one of my favorite fish’ of all time, the salted / dried / lye’d versions are not something I’d eat voluntarily, although I have cooked thousands of portions over time for guests in restaurants around the world and mostly for fellow sailors during my time as crew cook on Royal Viking Sky. I became quite an expert in preparing it, making many a Swede, Norwegian, Spaniard, Portuguese and any other bacalao / klipfisk / lutefisk- lover happy 🙂
So, while I don’t like bacalao, I adore brandade, so at home I make different versions often. I’ll have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sometimes, if I cook too much (usually), for all three meals on one day, served with different sidings and condiments.
So there you have it – a not so traditional “Smoked Salmon & Spinach Brandade”
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Preparation :
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bake potatoes until soft, let cool, remove flesh

bake potatoes until soft, let cool, remove flesh

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mix potaho with garlic paste, horseradish, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper,

mix potaho with garlic paste, horseradish, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper,

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add heavt cream

add heavy cream

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mix well

mix ingredients well

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add blanched spinch and diced smoked salmon

add blanched spinach and diced smoked salmon

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almost....

almost….

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put mixture in buttered baking dish

put mixture in buttered baking dish

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sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated asiago cheese

sprinkle with bread crumbs and grated asiago cheese

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bake until golden and crisp

bake until golden and crisp, sprinkle with chives

 

Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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Brandade

Brandade

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” Fish Dumpling & Shrimp Ball Soup With Poached Egg “

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What the heck !? 
Soup with fish dumplings, shrimp ball’s, shrimp, vegetables, chili and poached egg ?
Well, it might sound’s a bit much but it is absolutely delicious, the flavors and textures
go very well together to form a wonderful, multi-facetted dish.
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Ingredients:

Shrimp,                           pre cooked, peeled, deveined, half of them tail removed
White fish,                     such as haddock, tilapia, cod
Peas,                                frozen
Corn,                               frozen
Won ton wrappers,
Red chili,                       sliced
Scallion,                        sliced
Cilantro,                        coarsely chopped
Whole egg                     for poaching
Egg white                      for fish dumplings and shrimp balls
Fish stock                     substitute with chicken stock if preferred
Ketchup
Maggi
Salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice to taste

Method :

Dumplings :
Chop the fish coarsely, add a bit of egg white, salt, cayenne pepper, mix.
Add half a teaspoon to a wrapper, moisten the edges with water.
Top with another wrapper, flatten and cut with a crinkle wheel cutter or a raviolini stamp.

Shrimp balls :
Chop the tailless shrimp to a fine paste. Add sriracha, salt and a bit of ketchup,
Mix and form into small ball’s.

Cook fish dumplings and schrimp balls in salted water until floating,
transfer to salted ice water.

Egg :
Poach in lightly salted water for  3 1/2 minutes, transfer to salted ice water.

Soup :

Bring stock to simmer, add corn and simmer for two minutes.
season with salt, sriracha soy sauce and maggi seasoning.
Add fish dumplings and shrimp balls’, shrimp balls, chilis, green peas and poached egg.
When heated through, plate and sprinkle with scallion and cilantro

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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” Sauteed Cod Filet, Cheese & Chili Grits “

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Yesterday’s lunch. 
First time in my life I cooked grits for myself. Love it ! 
Life is Good !
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” Corn Meal Crusted Cod Filet “

Tonight’s Dinner :

Cornmeal crusted cod fillet sauteed in butter,
greek yoghurt mixed with thai sweet chili sauce
and israeli couscous with vegetables.

Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !     🙂