I’m making seafood stew tonight… Recommended music is Bonnie Prince Billy, “Is it the Sea”. This version is live and pretty spooky. Perfect for a cold and foggy San Francisco night.
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 small)
2 cups large-diced small white potatoes
2 cups chopped fennel (1 large bulb)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups good white wine
1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, chopped
1 quart Seafood Stock, recipe follows, or store-bought fish stock
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (3 cloves)
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined (reserve the shells for the stock)
1 pound each halibut and bass fillets, cut in large chunks
24 mussels, cleaned
3 tablespoons Pernod
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Toasted baguette slices, buttered and rubbed with garlic
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot, add the onions, potatoes, fennel, salt, and pepper, and saute over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, until the onions begin to brown. Add the wine and scrape up the brown bits with a wooden spoon. Add the tomatoes with their juices, stock, garlic, and saffron to the pot, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Add the shrimp, fish, and mussels, bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pot to sit covered for another 5 minutes. The fish and shrimp should be cooked and the mussels opened. Discard any mussels that don’t open. Stir in the Pernod, orange zest, and salt, to taste. Serve ladled over 1 or 2 slices of toasted baguette.
2 tablespoons good olive oil
Shells from 1 pound large shrimp
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 quarts water
1/2 cup good white wine
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
10 sprigs fresh thyme, including stems
Warm the oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp shells, onions, carrots, and celery over medium heat for 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Add 1 1⁄2 quarts of water, the white wine, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain through a sieve, pressing the solids. You should have approximately 1 quart of stock. If not, you can make up the difference with water or white wine.
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Mike Watt & Friends - Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston cover)
Last week Mike Watt popped up on Twitter. Now he’s on Tumblr, reprising Firehose’s cover of this Daniel Johnston standard. This is from a live show in ‘95 when Watt was touring with a decent backup band - Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Pat Smear & William Goldsmith.
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I wonder what ever happened to the jazz/hip-hop fusion records that were so popular in the late 80s and early 90s. At the time it seemed like a shift towards a new genre, but maybe it was just a moment in time. Here’s one of my favorites from that era.
Read that these guys have a new album coming out this spring. Stephen McBean is the leader of this band and Black Mountain. Both could have existed 30 years ago, but still seem completely relevant in the now.
If the more popular Mountain is neo-Sabbath, then Pink Mountaintops is channeling the Velvets or Sonic Youth. Looking forward to this one…