Light seafood chowder
I got up early one morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. In the end I got up and went for a walk on the beach thinking that I should eat more seafood. I was thinking along the lines of clam chowder. This is one of my favourite seafood soups but I actually don’t want to cook it myself as I suspect that it contains more cream than I would like to know. It is ok to eat it in a restaurant where I can pretend that the calorie content isn’t quite so high, silly I know.
I went to the fishmonger after the walk to see what he had. He didn’t have any clams but I left with cockels, prawns, salmon and a couple of lovely, juicy scallops. M picked some chard from the allotment and I picked a mix of herbs from the garden and was all set to get cooking.
preparation time 10 minutes
cooking time 15 minutes
- 1 dl or 1/2 cup shelled cockels
- 1 dl cooked and peeled prawns
- 200 gr or 7 oz salmon
- 2 scallops with roe
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 red chilli
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 litre or 5 cups of chicken stock
- 2 dl or 1 cup of sliced chard or spinach
- a handful of herbs, I used dill, coriander, parsley and chives
- 2 tbsp light creme fraiche
- salt to taste
Remove the skin of the salmon and cut in to cubes. Slice the scallop. Peel and cube the potatoes, slice the chilli in half, remove the seeds and slice it. Chop the onion and garlic fine and last chop the herbs and set aside.
Bring the stock to a boil with the potato, onion and garlic, let boil for a couple of minutes. Add the seafood, turn the heat off and let stand with a lid on for ten minutes. Then add the chard, put the lid back on and let stand for another five minutes.
Just before serving add the creme fraiche, give the soup a whisk, taste with salt and serve with the chilli sprinkled on top.
Just as the soup was ready the doorbell went and a neighbour came by. He was tempted by the food and we had a great meal, I love the way food brings people together and how nice it is to linger over a nice meal with friends.