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SouperChef Special | Curried Pumpkin Mango and Seafood Bitsque
(Contains Seafood | Contains Dairy | Gluten-Free)
Although Brazil is generally hot, when it comes to comfort foods, they have inherited a love for soups and stews. Along Olinda’s many quiet cobblestoned streets lies Oficina do Sabor, a quaint restaurant with a small backyard garden space. It is the brainchild of chef and cookbook author César Santos. Here, Pernambucan cuisine is the real star.
The huge menu includes the addictive Northeast specialty of jerimum, a lobster and fish stew cooked in a pumpkin and served with cream of mango known as Jerimum recheado com lagostim ao creme de manga. The moment I tried this, it was WOW. Why had I not thought about it first – marrying seafood with fruits!
With a little twist, the individual flavours of the pumpkin, orange, and curry complement one other to produce a memorable soup. Orange adds a tropical flavour that elevates the pumpkin. Taking pumpkin and orange and adding it to a traditional French-style prawn and crab meat bisque with other kinds of seafood, cream cheese and a hint of curry, we hope to recreate this dish for you to enjoy. I love how the fruity, savoury and the tang all come together beautifully with the richness of the seafood stock made with prawns and crabs. We added a generous amount of quinoa to make it one hearty ‘bitsque’ (bisque with bits of ingredients)!
Ingredients: Seafood stock (water, prawn shells, crabs, herbs), pumpkin, orange, prawns, crab meat, mullet fish, squid, clam meat, quinoa, curry powder, cream cheese, cream, butter, celery, carrots, tomatoes, onions, garlic, Worchestershire sauce, leek
Condiments: A drizzle of coconut cream, chopped coriander
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