I was delighted to see Debra is hosting for Food and Flix this month and she chose the film Love, Actually. It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies. Now I recognize that these are completely unrealistic situations and outcomes, but I don’t analyze too much because I just want to sit and watch and enjoy.
Billy Mack is the most realistic scenario, in my opinion. It's conceivable that an old rocker releases a holiday version of an old song. Colin Frissel's quest to find a beautiful American woman to fall in love with him is fairly ridiculous, but very amusing. I love Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson - their story was a heart breaker. (They are enjoyable to see as Severus Snape and Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter movies too).
My favorite story line is Aurelia and Jamie's - could they really learn a language in 2 weeks? Who knows, motivation can be powerful where love is concerned. It's still my favorite followed closely by the Prime Minister and Natalie's story line. Jamie's proposal is epic and I have to share that here too.
In the spirit of that story line I made a Portuguese fish stew. This is a recipe from David Leite’s book, The New Portuguese Table. I know if I had picked the prime minister and Natalie story line I would’ve gone with chocolate biscuits.
This is an easy stew to make and while it doesn't have potatoes or rice, it is very filling if served with homemade bread.
Portuguese fish stew
1 leek, sliced into half moons
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 1/2 pound of firm white fish, I used cod, cut into small chunks
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup white wine (I used Sancerre)
1/2 cup vegetable or fish broth
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Roughly a 1/2 cup of milk
Parsley, salt and pepper
Chop veggies and saute in olive oil, about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, broth and fish. Cook on medium high heat for 8 minutes or so. Now add chopped tomatoes and mix gently. Add wine, then sprinkle with cornstarch. Slowly add milk and let simmer a few minutes. Sprinkle with Parsley.
This is good with a baguette, butter and a wedge of cheese. A light supper that warms you on a chilly evening.
Our host, Debra at Eliot's Eats - see her post HERE
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