Spanish Proverb: Al hambre de siete dias, no hay pan duro – For a good appetite there is no hard bread
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Baked Cod with Chickpeas and Saffron
Like all countries Spain’s cuisine differs greatly from region to region. Arabic influence is particularly prevalent in the south of the country with ingredients such as saffron and chickpeas brought over in the middle ages.
- 2 fillets of cod (or any other sustainably sourced firm white fish)
- 3 handfuls of baby plum tomatoes
- 1 tin of chickpeas
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 5 garlic cloves
- 4 shallots
- 1 pinch of saffron
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Start by finely slicing shallots and adding to a pan with oil, cook till caramelised. Add sliced garlic, fresh rosemary and the baby plum tomatoes and cook down.
- Soak a pinch of saffron in hot water with a tiny bit of chicken stock.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, sugar and seasoning to the pan and cook down before adding the saffron stock.
- Cook for 15 minutes until the sauce has reduced slightly and tastes good – add more seasoning if it needs it.
- Pour a little sauce into the bottom of an oven proof dish followed by the fish fillets and the rest of the sauce.
- Bake at 200°C for 10 minutes and serve with salad and warm bread.
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