Friday is for fish: monkfish bomba
Scanning for new Ideas
My great uncle used to be the Harbour Master at Padstow, so I have happy memories of holidaying there as a child, eating ice cream and trying to catch crabs on fishing lines at the harbor. It’s also where I remember wanting desperately to sneak into the local cinema, which was showing the horror film ‘Scanners’- and all because of the poster that was stuck outside the side of the cinema: heads exploding. But as a mere 10 year old it was never going to happen…
Padstow is also the town where Rick Stein has his restaurant, cooking school and hotel businesses, so much so it’s sometimes known as Padstein… he is originally famous for being a chef who focused on seafood and ‘marine cuisine’, but these days he seems to have stumbled onto a winning formula of food travelogues, with series on France, The Far East and, most recently, Spain.
Now, I’m not a lover of all things seafood (unlike thebigfatnoodle), but like to pick and choose, and am full of contradictions. I hate anchovies, don’t really like oily fish, but love fish sauce: go figure!
Add to that, I’ve been lucky enough to film in some of the best restaurants around the world over the past few years, giving me an ability to sniff out great food from just good, and Rick’s recent show on Spain had me salivating, so I thought I’d try his recipe myself. I’ve never been a fan of paella, but his monkfish bomba seemed to be a great alternative. Plus it really works when the sun is out!
Click for recipe here