Prawn, Ruby Grapefruit, Blood Orange Salad plus Sea Food Stew
1 ruby Grapefruit (segmented, membrane peeled from each, cut into 3 / 4 pieces)
3 small blood oranges ( segmented, membrane peeled from each, cut in half )
500 gms prawns ( peeled and split lengthways)
spinach leaves add leaves from 1 bunch basil, 1 bunch coriander, 1 bunch mint
Grated fresh ginger, any reserved juice from preparing the grapefruit and oranges, fish sauce, chopped fresh chilli and palm sugar (or use chilli jam ), pepper and olive oil (or oil of preference).
Also served a Spanish style sea food stew, Zarzuela de Mariscos, one of those stews whose contents vary according to what is fresh and available at the time.
Prawns, mussels, clams, firm white fish*, blue swimmer crabs.
Use prawn shells and bay leaves to made a stock. Melt onions and red capsicum in olive oil, add diced tomatoes. Soak saffron in a cup of white wine. Cut one or two Chorizo sausages into slices and brown in a separate pan. Strain stock add onion mix, sausage, saffron and wine, simmer until nearly ready to serve. Add seafood, firm fish first, then prawns and crab/s. Add ground almonds (or Almond meal), about a cup or a little more....until you think it looks slightly thickened or the " right" consistency. Add mussels and finally clams until opened. Add the juice of a lemon and (optional) paprika. Taste & adjust for salt and pepper.
Serve in big bowls with lots of bread
* I used locally line caught Albacore Tuna, which was on special at $11.95 a kilo. Not exactly " white", but how could you not. It also says something about the local market - everyone wants the "white" fillets … Snapper $32, Flathead in the late twenties , Blackfish $17. Why bother when tuna is so cheap and when you can get freshly caught whole mullet for $6 a Kilo. For the mullet, fillet, skin ( the fishmonger will do this for you) and coat in crumbs that have been whizzed up with stale sourdough, parsley, turmeric, salt and pepper, a touch of lemon peel optional.