Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard 12/29/11

We're linking up with Robin at The Gardener of Eden where you can see what others are doing with their garden harvests this time of year, and you can share your own kitchen cooking ideas and recipes.

Our family has a Christmas seafood dinner tradition that we absolutely love. I don't know where we picked it up, it's probably the result of Belle's and Calvin's seafood obsession. This year Belle made seafood soup with homemade bread. It was wonderful. There's a small pot of cilantro outside that keeps holding on despite the freezing weather. We used it to garnish the dish. Belle also used garden fresh carrots and whole frozen tomatoes in the recipe.

Seafood Soup by Belle
1/2 white onion,1 carrot, 1celery stick (diced)
5 garlic cloves (minced)
28 oz diced tomatoes
2 lbs tilapia
4 ounces squid sliced
8 ounces octopus
6 ounces mussels (not shelled)
6 crab legs (shelled)
1 lb large shrimp (not shelled)
8 cups fish stock
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 tbsp lime juice

Saute diced vegetables in olive oil for about 6 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute for another 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 8 cups of fish stock, half a cup of dry sherry and 28 ounces of diced tomatoes. When broth is simmering add the tilapia, wait 6 minutes and add the rest of the seafood and cook for about another 6 minutes. It's done. Garnish with cilantro

Everything can be shelled ahead of time, if you like. We're used to this Mexican style soup, it adds color and depth to the soup. Plus the kids love the challenge! 

Do you have a canning recipe or meal idea that you'd like to share?


  1. Looks great. We did surf and turf for Christmas eve this seafood :)

  2. Oh that looks wonderful! I am making some fish stock right now. Maybe I should make this for dinner with the leftovers from Christmas Eve. We always do The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve at "The Italian's" parents house. It's wonderful!

  3. Mrs. Pickles and Robin, I had no idea that so many people ate seafood at Christmas time. It's nice to know we're in good company.

  4. Yum! I really like seafood but my husband LOVES it! LOL! He would kill my grocery budget by eating seafood five days a week. He would really like this recipe so I am going to snag it for later use and give it a whirl.

  5. Thanks GrafixMuse, it's one of Belle's specialties.

    kitsapFG, if we could eat it all the time we would too. Being inland makes it all the more expensive too. Enjoy!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful tradition...and looks great! Alas, no squid, octopus, or mussels, even close to our grocery shelves :-) (Wisconsin)

  7. Sorry to hear you can't get those things. If you ever make it this way, we'll be sure to cook something up for you!

  8. Looks really good. I will certainly enjoy this very much since we are an avid fan of seafood. Glad that those seeds has arrived. Happy New Year!

  9. MKgirl, Happy New Year to you too!

  10. It was great Vanessa. Happy New Year.