an “Abigail’s party” chowder….

From a fellow twitterer

Used once at least , eons ago – touch of ‘Abigails Party’ for newish ‘love of life’ and his ‘boss n wife’ over for dinner.

To my shame, I’m not a fish eater so it was a real labour of love to make it and eat (a bit of it at least to show willing).

Happy to say all survived ….. the recipe longer than said newish love of life:)

Should I add a warning at this stage: ‘Your relationship may be seriously affected by cooking this dish’.

Hell – live dangerously – cook it !!

Though it says clams, I didn’t have clams (or indeed in those days know where to find them I’m sure).

I’ve got scrawls with bits I’ve changed – these are included below

One is crab used instead of clams – suppose other fish could be used

Adding Brandy is another

Added drizzle of double cream with bacon bits pre serving

Served with hot crusty bread

I might even try it again substituting chicken for fishy bits.

Have changed measures from ounces to grams – hopefully correctly.

Serves 4

Approx an hour to prep, cook and serve

Ingredients

3 rashers streaky bacon

80g chopped onion

1 clove finely chopped garlic

4 medium potatoes, peeled and mashed (with a little milk)

1 tablespoon plain flour

250ml fish stock

250ml single cream

1 1/4 (280g) tins baby clams, chopped and juice reserved

salt and pepper to taste

125ml double cream

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1 tablespoon brandy

Method

1. In large saucepan over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on kitchen towels, reserving the bacon fat in the pan.

2. Chop/crumble bacon and set aside.

3. In same saucepan with the bacon fat, on a low heat saute the onion, garlic till translucent, add mashed potatoes, sprinkle with flour and mix well to blend ingredients smoothly for 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Pour in fish stock and clam juice, mix well and keep stirring until you bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low simmer for about 10 minutes

5. Add single cream and clams, season with salt and pepper to taste.

6, Allow to heat through (but do not boil), check when fish clams (fish) cooked and finally whisk in the double cream and brandy and serve garnished with chives and crumbled bacon.

Hope you enjoy it.

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