Bold flavours like chorizo and fennel provide hearty results in this easy-to-make stew.

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the chorizo until it starts to crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion to the saucepan and fry for 10 minutes until softened. Add the fennel seeds and fry for a minute more.
  2. Add the white wine and bubble away until reduced by half, then add the tomatoes, sugar and stock and season well. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the seafood and return the chorizo to the saucepan; simmer very gently for 5 minutes until the seafood is just cooked.
  4. While it’s cooking mix the mayonnaise with the garlic and saffron (and its soaking liquid). Serve the stew in bowls with a scattering of parsley and a dollop of the saffron mayo.

Notes:

Bold flavours like chorizo and fennel provide hearty results in this easy-to-make stew. If you can’t get your hands on saffron, the mayo can be pumped up with some chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Packs of frozen seafood are a fantastic standby freezer ingredient and can be used in paella or in a tomato-based pasta sauce.

Try to track down good quality fish stock to use for this recipe – a stock cube will suffice but stock can also often be found in liquid form in the chiller cabinet as well as in packets that will keep in your store cupboard.