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Seafood bolognese with sepia pasta

28 Mar

Living in Hamburg, I am getting used to eating good fish and on some occasions seafood. Little did I know for quite a long time that the fish shacks near Fischmarkt (on Grosse Elbstrasse) that do not look very inviting from the outside but make excellent fish rolls and traditional seafood dishes are an excellent escape for a quick and good lunch. If you get a chance to spend a day in Hamburg during the week go there for your lunch and you will get to feel a piece of Hamburgeois life.

This year I tried Stinte fish for the first time – Stint is a fish that lives in the ocean and comes to the river Elbe for breeding. When the baby fish are born end of February/March you will find them on the menus of traditional restaurants across Hamburg. Stint fish are served fried with potatoes (boiled potatoes or potato salad) on the side.

Matjes and hering are also traditional fish here and should you not find the time for a restaurant visit you can go to any supermarket (e.g. Rewe or Edeka) and get your dose of fish to go. Matjes and hering are eaten cold with bread and usually come in a cream sauce.

In my corner, we do not have any fish store nearby. I sometimes store seafood in the freezer so that I have something at hand if I feel like eating seafood and this is what I came up with the other day as I was craving a simple seafood dish on a Sunday night:

Seafood bolognese with sepia pasta

Seafood bolognese with sepia pasta

Ingredients (serves 2 people):

200-250g of sepia colored pasta

1 bunch arugula salad

A handful of cocktail tomatoes

2-3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup seafood (I used frozen seafood – e.g. mussels, squid/calamari, shrimps)

2 garlic cloves

Juice of half a lemon

Large capers for decoration

1/2 teaspoon shrimp or fish sauce

Salt and pepper

For the salad dressing: cranberry vinegar, olive oil, dill mustard


1) Defrost the seafood. For quick defrosting: Pour hot water over the seafood and let stand for a few minutes. Drain the water and drizzle the seafood with lemon juice.

2) Chop the garlic and slice the cocktail tomatoes in half.

3) In a pan, fry the garlic in a little oil, then add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with salt, pepper and a little shrimp or fish sauce. Stir in the seafood. Keep warm.

4) Wash and drain the arugula salad.

5) Prepare the salad dressing by mixing 1 part of cranberry vinegar, 1 part of oil and 1 part of dill mustard together. Season with salt and pepper.

6) Boil the pasta as indicated on the package.

7) On a plate, arrange the pasta in the middle, then add the seafood tomato sauce and finally arrange the arugula salad on the side.

Getting to know: Seafood Restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina

11 Sep

Today I woke up to pouring rain and had a hard time realizing that apparently summer is over in Germany. Seems like the weather god is sending first signs. Besides that, farmers’ markets have started selling plums. Oh oh, that’s a sign of transition: First come asparagus and rhubarb in our hemisphere, then strawberries, cherries and finally apples and plums. Let’s not be sad though, summer will be back in only about a year’s time and until then I will keep on dreaming of good weather and long summer nights (irony).

I spent this summer in the US. One of my favorite spots there is Charleston in South Carolina.  Charleston is a very laid back beach town with a great food culture. I felt that the variety of restaurants is so huge that I could barely make up my mind where to go. One thing left me curious though: Crabs. You hear & read about them everywhere. Be it for she crab soup, blue crab cakes or Alaska snow crab legs. Crabs in Charleston are omnipresent. So I decided to go on crab journey and went to Folly Beach.

‘Shacktacular’ Crab House on Folly Beach

This crab shack on Folly is a beach restaurant with a nice terrace and your sea food comes with a bucket: We spent half of our time cracking shells :)
Charleston low country boil.

Low Country Boil

The low-contry boil was a nice combo of crabs, shrimps, oysters & veggies like corn and potatoes.The crab cakes were delicious, too. Yet I was so full that I could have gone for a loooong walk afterwards.

Another place that we kept on passing but never went to is The Crab House, with a branch in downtown Charleston and another one on right on James Island. I know there are countless other spots in Charleston that are good for seafood. Hanks Seafood or Hyman’s downtown are other known spots. Amen on East Bay is another one. That’s where I had my first half dozen of delicious oysters. Oh, I just think of two: Pearlz and Fleet Landing. Charleston crab cakes

Charleston Blue Crab Cakes

Charleston I miss you already and hope to be back for new food adventure next year. My list of go to places is still impressively long!

If you want to learn more about Charleston’s food culture and tourist activities I recommend to visit www.charlestoncitypaper.com

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