As I mentoined yesterday, I spent the better part of the past week in none other than London, England.

After finishing grad school in Chicago, I moved to London for three months to live with family friends (my next door neighbor and babysitter when I was born and her husband) in their “flat” in Notting Hill and work at the BBC as a feature writer.

I am so thankful that they took me in–and during their first year of marriage, no less–because I had the best experience. Though the year itself was a tough one for me, they made me feel right at home and I quickly settled in to the European way of life. I got the chance to write some articles that I was (and still am!) very proud of and made a few friends that I still keep in touch with.

Last year my family friends moved into a new house in Fulham and then, this September, they had their first baby. A little girl named Lily. Now, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to revisit a place that became like a second home to me, see their new house, and meet their precious baby girl! So, off I went!

I spent the better portion of the weekend just relaxing with Emily, Steven, and the baby but I also managed to get out and do the one touristy thing I’d yet to check off my London Bucket List: The London Eye!

View of Big Ben from the London EyeEm and Steven also took me to a few parties, a sushi lunch, and a delicious Indian dinner. I managed to squeeze some shopping in too. Ouch, that exchange rate is killer.

On Sunday night, we kept things low-key for my last night and cooked dinner together. Emily had cut this recipe out from a British magazine, because she has always wanted to make a seafood stew. I am so happy she did, because this is the kind of recipe I would never clip myself but I absolutely loved it.

Italian Fish Stew

Like, can’t wait to make it again loved it.

This meal can get pretty pricey with all that fish, so save it for date night or a special occasion. Or, just splurge. It’s oh so worth it, I promise!

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Italian Fish Stew
 
Makes 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 head fennel, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound white fish
  • 3 ounces white wine
  • 15 ounces fish stock
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 12 shrimp, peeled
  • ¾ pounds mussels
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil and saute onion, fennel, and garlic and cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes, or until vegetables have lightly caramelized.
  2. Add chilli flakes and mix well. Place the pieces of fish on top, then pour the wine over. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Pour the fish stock over, add chopped tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the cilantro, shrimp, and mussels. Cover and simmer 4 minutes. Season to taste. Serve immediately.

 

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9 thoughts on “Italian Seafood Stew

  1. The photo you took from the eye in incredible!! I really wanted to hop onto the eye while I was there in September but never ended up making it. Glad you had such a wonderful weekend with your friends! This recipe looks incredible by the way… Next time I have friends over I may make it!
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    • Thanks!! Yeah, the eye was sort of last on my list of things to do in London. I’m glad I did it though–the views were incredible!

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