This and that: Fish soup

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fish soup


 This week when we made our fish soup I wrote down the recipe on a back of an envelope so that I would have it when I was ready to make post... and guess what? I must of thrown out the envelope when I was cleaning up the kitchen as it is no where to be found... Well, I have made this many times or at least helped to make it. So here goes it.  This time we made it hot, not just mildly hot but burning all the way down hot.  We planted some hot peppers in our garden this year and my husband didn't think that they would be very hot as we don't get enough sun... So he put in two... and he doesn't like hot food....

                                                                Fish Soup
1 whole fish - head included, cut in steaks
1/4 cup olive oil
water approx 4 cups
1 small egg plant - cut into 1 inch slices.
2 small onions with greens
spices * please refer to comments under ingredients 
1 -2 maggi cubes
2 small tomatoes
2 hot pepper
1/2 banana pepper
salt to taste 

* for the spice I do a mixture of ground ginger, anise and an African spice called Kale.  I mix a large quantity of these three spice in equal amounts and use approximated 1 tablespoon.  I am sorry, I still haven't figured out what the Kale is... possibly cumin.

Place oil in a frying pan and place all pieces of fish and fry to desired crispness.  We leave the skin on the fish when we fry it.  Once fried place in pot with water, and eggplant, bring to a boil.  Add spices and maggi cube and continue to boil.
Grind tomatoes and banana peppers.  I use my food processor for this... I have a small one that is the perfect size.  Put in pot.  Add onions, greens and hot peppers.  Add salt to taste. Continue to boil for another 5 -10 minutes after all ingredients are in.  This is a good time make your rice or fufu.
Enjoy soup with fufu or rice.  To learn how to make fufu go here.

veggies from our garden - ready to be
put in the soup

frying the fish and yes there is a head in it.

fried fish
grinding tomatoes and banana pepper

bringing eggplant and fish to a boil

bring the soup to a boil after adding tomato mixture
soup is ready!

eating it with fufu.
This soup brought us just about to tears and I can eat hot peppers, but I think 2 was a little too much.  My husband told me that this was just a practice run for when we go back to Togo... and I say that I can eat hot pepper.
                                     Til next time <3 <3 <3  Marlys

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  1. I love a good fish soup! My husband and daughter are just on their way back home from their annual fishing trip out west. I can't wait to see what they caught this year! It's always BC salmon, halibut and shellfish, but what else?

    1. YUM! Love fresh fish... Hope they did well on their trip.

  2. My husband is the SOUP cook in our bunch and he may like to try this... except I can't do 'hot' - he'll have to tone it way down for my tummy, sound very delish.

    1. this soup was just about too hot for me, eating it with either the fufu or rice helped to tone it down a bit. My husband doesn't really like hot food but he did eat and I don't think he will ever put 2 hot peppers in it again. Let me know if you try it.


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