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Fresh Conch Chowder & 2013 Calendar Giveaway!

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Back in September, I showcased a Pumpkin Soup recipe from one of the prettiest calendars you could ever hope to find: Cayman Watercolours Calendar 2012 in aid of Cayman Islands Hospice Care.  I’ve got a big treat for you today.  As conch season fast approaches, I’m featuring the Fresh Conch Chowder recipe from the Cayman Watercolours Calendar 2013 and I’ve got a copy up for grabs!

To enter the giveaway:

  • Like Cayman Hospice Care on Facebook 
  • If you have a Twitter account, please tweet the giveaway: I’ve just entered to win a beautiful Cayman Watercolours Calendar 2013 at The Deep Dish in aid of Cayman Islands Hospice Care
Make sure to leave me separate comments for each of these entries!  Contest wraps up on October 25th. You can also get your own copy by visiting the Cayman Watercolours Calendar website.  100 percent of the proceeds from the sale goes to charity!

Conch Chowder from the Cayman Watercolours Calendar 2013, compliments of Bart Hedges

You will need:
1 1/2 lb finely chopped fresh conch
1/2 leek, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely diced
1 onion, finely chopped
2 potatoes, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups fish stock
1 can cream of celery soup
1 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in a little water
Marjoram, cumin seeds, one bay leaf
Salt, pepper & nutmeg
Drops of hot pepper sauce

  • Heat the butter in a skillet
  • Saute the leeks, carrots, onion and garlic for 2 minutes
  • Add the wine, cream, water, fish stock and soup, bring to a boil
  • Add potatoes, conch and seasonings, reduce heat
  • Simmer until the potatoes are cooked
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  1. Yum…reminds me of all the good conch chowder that I had while living in Key Largo but there it was usually tomato based.

  2. I liked their FB page! The calendar looks gorgeous, as does your soup!!

  3. Oh! Your conch chowder looks delicious, I only conch once in Florida 🙂
    Nice calendar…hope you are having a great week!

  4. Just saying the word “conch” is cool 🙂 I would love to try this so could you just pay for me to fly to the Cayman’s as like a conch policeman or something??

  5. That watercolor calendar looks so beautiful! I’ve never had conch chowder before. Or any chowder 😀

  6. So what is conch’s taste similar too? When we were in Jamaica my husband refused to try the conch fritters so I missed my chance. Either way, I love how delicious and rich the chowder looks.

    • If it’s done right, the flavor is close to calamari and totally not fishy. It’s one of those critter that can taste really bad though if its over cooked!

  7. I LOVE chowders! I don’t think I’ve ever had conch before…but I’ve had something similar so I can figure out the taste. Must be a great chowder. 😀

  8. I’ve never had conch but I’ve always been intrigued and I would love to try this gorgeous chowder! Such a good cause to support too…thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Oh my! I have missed coming here! :)) I have had deep fried conch balls before but this seems definitely fresher and much better.
    Sorry girl, I have missed your posts lately. Hoping to get back on track soon!

  10. Now this is one very good looking conch and chowder 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. I have no idea what conch chowder tastes like, but I have a feeling I’d love it!!! I liked your FB page 🙂

  12. Wow, 2013 is coming already! How time really flies!!
    Your soup looks creamy and delicious! Lovely with some crusty bread to mop up every last drop of the soup!

  13. We seldom have chowder and mostly ours is Asian style soup. But why not to this recipe?, my other half will love if for his dinner with slices of toast.

  14. How many people are pronouncing it conch rathr than conk ? 🙂 I went to a restaurant in Australia that served it and it was definitely conch. This looks so pretty in that bowl!!

  15. Would love to taste this hearty and delicious soup!

  16. I would love to try conch one day and this recipe is the perfect way to introduce novices to it 🙂

  17. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  18. You updated your site, it looks great!
    More wonderful food to enjoy too 🙂

  19. Conch is one of those things that I have never had but am willing to try! What is the texture like? The flavor? Im so curious. And I love me a good chowder!

    • When it’s cooked property, the texture is light like fish but it can become rubbery in a real hurry! The flavor is closer to calamari and when its fresh its not fishy at all. Always make sure to rinse any and all seafood in a lime before you cook it 🙂

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