Coconut Curry Poached Fish

"Hot dogs, beans on toast, and.... ummm, well...."

That would have been my answer to the question - 'what do folks eat on camping trips?'  It's true my experience with popping a tent is as limited as the menu I associate with it, but a wonderful new cookbook from St.John's, NL native Tonya Hughes has changed all that.

TCamp and Cottage Cookbook by Tonya Hughesurns out you can make things like Porchini Mushroom Risotto and Coconut Curry Poached Fish in the wilderness - who knew?!

After growing up hiking, canoeing, skiing, fishing and camping all over her home province - Tonya now spends her summers with her husband and two children enjoying the great outdoors in parks all across Canada. She has spent those years creating some truly tasty campsite cuisine and has compiled the best of it, along with step by step instructions, great tips and a healthy heaping of funny in her "Camp and Cottage Cookbook".

And the best part...in keeping with our Summer's Simple Pleasures of less is more (less time working - more time enjoying the season) these recipes are quick and easy supper time solutions for home cooking too. So to answer your question - 'do you have to go camping to cook 'em?' NO, but this book sure does make the whole idea way more appetizing!  SABS

Most of the recipes are family staples that have been stripped down to make them easy to pack and cook away from home. I like to do a lot of the prep work at home to make cooking as easy as possible when I get to camp, so that’s how I’ve written the recipes. For example – cube, marinate, and freeze the meat for kebabs. The meat becomes another ice block for the cooler, and then all you have to do is skewer and cook once you’re at camp.

TONYA HUGHES - Camp and Cottage CookbookMy family’s favourite recipe is the Coconut Curry Poached Fish. You can use any firm fish – or chicken if you are not a fish person.

The curry is rich with plenty of flavour for the adults, but not hot, so the kids love it too.

Add a bowl of fluffy rice, a few raw veggies, and a bottle of Quidi Vidi Iceberg Beer (for you, not the kids!) – now that’s what I call a camp meal!

The last time I made the coconut curried fish was on the sidewalk on Sparks Street in Ottawa for a local radio host. You’d think you would be safe from campsite marauders in the middle of the city, but No! I was accosted by two people dressed completely as foxes who just happened by. One of them distracted me while the other nipped my frying pan off the stove and almost set his fur on fire. You just never know what’s going to happen when you are cooking over a camp stove, whether you are in the woods or not!  Tonya

2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

4 whole cloves

½ tsp salt

Prepare at home (because you are confident you will catch a fish): Mix the above ingredients in a Baggie and label.

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely

chopped, or 1 tbsp canned

1 10 oz (296 ml) can of coconut milk

4-8 skinned fish fillets (any type)

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook until shiny and soft.

Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the spice mixture and cook for another 2 minutes.

Add coconut milk, stir well and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Arrange the fish fillets in the pan and spoon sauce over them. If there is too much fish to fit comfortably in the pan, cook the fish in the sauce in batches.

Simmer over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until fish is cooked.

Fish is cooked when it is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Hughes Family camping tripSuggested Sides:

Rice or couscous (to soak up the amazing sauce)

Indian Fragrant Fried Flatbreads
(pg 65"Camp and Cottage Cookbook" )

Sliced tomatoes, raw carrot sticks, and/or sliced cucumber

Congratulations to Lydia Calhoun she's won this book in our Countdown to Christmas Contest and so could YOU - click here to enter

Countdown to Christmas dec12  Lydia Calhoun

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