Seafood samp paella
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Seafood samp paella

Recipe By Chef Nti
Photographs By Craig Fraser


2 cups samp, soaked overnight
8 cups water
3 tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 large brown mushrooms, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
3 tbsp oil
12 medium prawns, peeled and cleaned
200g calamari rings
200g hake steaks (or any firm-fleshed fish)
12 cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. Cook the samp in salted boiling water until cooked through and very soft (about 2 hours). Keep replenishing the water so that the samp does not burn.
  2. In a large, heavy-based frying pan or wok, melt the butter, add the onion and garlic, and sauté until transparent.
  3. Add the mushrooms and green pepper. Cook until soft.
  4. In another frying pan, heat the oil and add the prawns, calamari and hake. Fry gently until cooked, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the seafood to the vegetable mixture and toss lightly.
  6. Add the cooked samp and cherry tomatoes, and mix carefully.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve warm.

For added colour and flavour, add 1 tbsp tomato paste to the pan in step 2.

About the Author

Nthabiseng Ramaboa has lived many lives – in business, fashion and now, food. Her credentials include, but are not limited to, partnerships with brands such as Fatti’s & Moni’s, Nespresso and Le Creuset; she is also AEG’s national ambassador and most recently Chef Nti was the South African ambassador for BBC’s Lifestyle Channel. Chef Nti became a household name when hosting The Perfect Ace – a cooking show on etv. In 2014 she began a new career in the culinary industry, starting with a year of food research in Los Angeles. This inspired real, genuine love and passion for both homecooked meals and fine-dining experiences. Chef Nti is a restauranteur, food and beverage product developer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Fast-forward to 2019 and Chef Nti speaks to a few hundred -thousand fans online and is the proud owner of her very own restaurant, Taste Kitchen; located in Joburg’s Maboneng Precinct. Taste Kitchen hosts intimate, bespoke events showcasing Chef Nti’s take on traditional African meals.

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