Inspired by the first victim from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this meal blends dark chocolate into the sauce to create a sweet yet earthy flavour
George’s Stupendous Stew
Ready In:25 mins
George’s Marvellous Medicine is a book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. First published in 1981, it was praised for its humour, but was also criticised for its underdeveloped plot and offbeat ending. It is one of Dahl’s shorter children’s books.
A popular book for reading to children in primary school, great care was taken by teachers to warn children to not try and recreate the medicine at home due to the hazardous nature of some of its ingredients. There is a disclaimer warning before the story stating “Warning to Readers: Do not try to make George’s Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous.” In 2020, a team of British researchers performed a toxicological investigation into the potion and all 34 of its ingredients. They reported in the BMJ that if ingested, it would cause vomiting, kidney injury, convulsions and other severe health problems, including ‘the most likely clinical outcome’, death. ‘The overall outcome for Grandma would be fatal catastrophic physiological collapse,’ they wrote.
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion (diced)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
2 Cod Fillets (chopped)
400g Chopped Tomatoes
400ml Coconut Milk
100ml Double Cream
2 tbsp Tomato Puree
2 Bell Peppers (sliced into rings)
12 On-the-vine Cherry Tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tbsp Coriander (chopped)
Remaking George’s Marvellous Medicine would not only be tricky, but also it would be inedible and poisonous. I decided however a casserole or stew would be the best dish to create inspired by the story. As you only really need one pan, and add all your ingredients one-by-one, it makes as an excellent substitute for the mad medicine in Roald Dahl’s book!
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1In a large saucepan or wok, heat the olive oil until hot. Then add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant.
Step 2Add the chopped tomatoes and stir. Once bubbling, add the coconut milk, double cream and tomato puree. Give it a stir and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 3Add the sliced pepper rings and cod and seasons with salt and pepper and the red pepper flakes. Cover and allow the fish to simmer for 12 minutes.
Step 4With 4 minutes remaining, place in the cherry tomatoes. Make sure the cod is fully immersed and turn the cod if some pieces aren't covered by sauce. When finished, serve with fresh coriander.
George's Stupendous Stew
- Lidded Saucepan
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Onion diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 Cod Fillets chopped
- 400 g Chopped Tomatoes
- 400 ml Coconut Milk
- 100 ml Double Cream
- 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 2 Bell Peppers sliced into rings
- 12 On-the-vine Cherry Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 tbsp Coriander chopped
- In a large saucepan or wok, heat the olive oil until hot. Then add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and stir. Once bubbling, add the coconut milk, double cream and tomato puree. Give it a stir and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the sliced pepper rings and cod and seasons with salt and pepper and the red pepper flakes. Cover and allow the fish to simmer for 12 minutes.
- With 4 minutes remaining, place in the cherry tomatoes. Make sure the cod is fully immersed and turn the cod if some pieces aren't covered by sauce. When finished, serve with fresh coriander.
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