Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hunter from the Heartland
I talked (enthused) with Jim Mora about this title on Radio NZ National this afternoon. Here is the recipe from the book which I mentioned in our discussion.
Easy Fish Curry with Bananas and Prawns
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
cooking oil for frying
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 spring onion, finely sliced
3cm knob ginger, julienned
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 × 400ml can coconut cream
2 × 200g snapper fillets, cubed
2 bananas, sliced
1 bunch coriander, finely chopped
salt and pepper
When a workmate introduced me to curry with bananas, I wasn’t sold at
first. It sounded weird but after trying it, I loved it.
Sweat down onion and garlic in a medium-hot
frying pan in a little oil. Add chilli, spring onion and ginger and cook for 2
minutes. Sprinkle over curry powder and cook for another 2 minutes. Then add
fish sauce and coconut cream, and bring to the boil.
Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer. Add snapper and poach for 4
minutes. Add prawns and bananas and simmer for another 4 minutes. Add chopped coriander and gently stir through.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Serve with steamed rice.
Dead simple and delicious, like all of his recipes.
A special book, great fun with as much space given over to his stories as to recipes and cooking. The perfect gift for Fathers Day I reckon. Published this coming Friday 3 August. Published by Random House $49.99