Inspired by Pinocchio

Monstro in Crazy Water Soup

A light yet full dish with plenty of flavours depicting the battle between Pinocchio, Gepetto and Monstro.
Servings

Servings:

2
Ready in

Ready In:

30 mins
Mealtime

Good For:

Dinner
Monstro in Crazy Water Soup

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the 1883 Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the first animated success Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The plot involves an old Italian woodcarver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio. The puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish”. Pinocchio’s efforts to become a real boy involve encounters with a host of unsavory characters. The key character of Jiminy Cricket is based on a 100-year “wise, old” talking cricket from the original book.

Ingredients

2 Whole Fish (gutted and heads removed)
2 Spring Onions
1 Leek
0.5 Fennel Bulb
1 Carrot
100g Kale
100g Cherry Tomatoes
3 Garlic Cloves
Olive Oil
Mixed Herbs (such as Parsely, Mint, Fennel Tops)
150ml White Wine
Lemon Juice
300ml Water

As a reference to the final villain in Disney’s Pinocchio, Monstro, I cooked this Italian dish using the last of my locally bought whole trout. In this recipe, the fish is poached in the water whilst boiling the vegetables. Every ingredient used here has flavour and the dish feels light even with a monstrous fish in the middle!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1
Slice the spring onions, leek, fennel, carrot and garlic and chop the kale. Put a large wok on high heat with a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the onions, fennel and carrot for 4 minutes.
Step 2
Add the tomatoes, garlic and leek. Toss for two minutes whilst you score the fish on both sides.
Step 3
Lay the fish on top of the veg and stuff herbs and kale into the holes and slits. Pour over the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the water, then cover for 10 minutes.
Step 4
Uncover the pan and check the fish, the flesh should flake away from the bone. Bowl up the fish and vegetables and spoon over the juices. Add some lemon juice to top.

Monstro in Crazy Water Soup

A light yet full dish with plenty of flavours depicting the battle between Pinocchio, Gepetto and Monstro.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Wok
  • Lid

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Whole Fish gutted and heads removed
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 1 Leek
  • 0.5 Fennel Bulb
  • 1 Carrot
  • 100 g Kale
  • 100 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • Mixed Herbs such as Parsely, Mint, Fennel Tops
  • 150 ml White Wine
  • Lemon Juice
  • 300 ml Water

Instructions
 

  • Slice the spring onions, leek, fennel, carrot and garlic and chop the kale. Put a large wok on high heat with a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the onions, fennel and carrot for 4 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic and leek. Toss for two minutes whilst you score the fish on both sides.
  • Lay the fish on top of the veg and stuff herbs and kale into the holes and slits. Pour over the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the water, then cover for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and check the fish, the flesh should flake away from the bone. Bowl up the fish and vegetables and spoon over the juices. Add some lemon juice to top.
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