As I sat on the back verandah today I watched the cars drive past the empty oyster shell laden river bank and my mind drifted away to a magical place where I was eating chowder. Why it did this I do not know. I was soon brought back to my retiree-esque existence of an afternoon, which was sipping tea in my comfy chair on the verandah, watching the cars go by. If those cars weren’t big assed four wheel drives with an elderly couple at the wheel (well one at the wheel and one in the passenger seat) they were ’84 Toyota Camrys with their elderly drivers circumnavigating this seaside village trying to find their way back to the house they have owned since before the war. World War 2, that is. Who cares, I know.
I soon returned to my dreams of chowder and then moved that party to the kitchen to make it a reality. Foodisthebestshitever – making dreams come true.
I wasn’t in the mood for using seafood or the 400m walk that faced me if I were to venture to the fish shop, so instead I am using chicken legs and creating the chowcken chider. This shit it going to be cover of Donna Hay before you know it.
I will give you the recipe for my original seafood chowder and you can use 10-12 chicken legs instead of the seafood. Have heaps of bread on hand to mop up (the chowder juices, that is. It takes some damn talented bread to mop the kitchen floor for you).
SEAFOOD AND CORN CHOWDER… my styles
500g firm fresh fish that you like, 2cm dice
200g smoked salmon
300g fresh prawn meat
(or chicken legs instead of the seafood)
6 rashers bacon, chopped
1 brown onion, 1cm dice
2 carrots, 1cm dice
4 cobs fresh sweet corn, kernels removed (keep the kernels, discard the cob… just in case)
1 large potato, 1cm dice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
A pinch of smoked chilli powder or cayenne
3 tablespoons flour
1.25lt (5 cups) milk
Chopped parsley and a little more smoked chilli powder to serve
• In a large pot sauté bacon, onions, carrot, garlic, thyme and chilli powder
• Once it is softened and starting to colour add flour and cook out for 1 minute
• Slowly add milk, stirring constantly
• Once all of the milk is in there add the corn and potatoes and simmer until potatoes are just cooked (if using chicken put that in now and simmer until the chicken is cooked), this should take about 20 minutes
• Add fresh fish and prawns and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir it a couple of times but do it gently so you don’t break the fish up
• Remove from heat and stir through smoked salmon
• Check and adjust seasoning
• Serve garnished with parsley and extra smoked chilli powder
• Nom nom nom