Tales From the Bush Larder: Kisumu

written by EatOut 4th October 2012

Why Choice of Location:

Lake Victoria was the obvious choice of location for this episode as the Omena fishing industry on the lake is developed and prominent. It also provides a fantastic aquatic environment with a good number of different species of fish that were necessary to complete the dish we were planning on making. Aside from all this it is one of the biggest lakes in the world and a fantastic back drop for filming.

Highlights of the episode:

The highlight of this episode was definitely canoeing out with the Omena fishermen and setting the vast nets out in the water. The windy conditions were made even more difficult by the fact that it was at night. It was all made worthwhile when the nets came in and we had caught what we were looking for!!

Things to look out for:

Look out for the lightening storm that we got caught in on whilst paddling out to our fishing site. Its very dramatic, visually beautiful and quite scary.

FIND OUT MORE AT www.zuku.co.ke/bushlarder 

Recipe from the Show

Lake Victoria Bouillabaisse (or Fish Stew)

3 pounds of at least 3 different kinds of fish fillets, (tilapia, nile perch,
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced onions
4 Shallots, thinly sliced OR the white parts of 2 or 3 leeks, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large tomato, chopped, or 1/2 cup canned tomatoes
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2-inch slice of fennel or 1 teaspoon of fennel seed
3 sprigs fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
2-3 whole cloves

Directions for Sauce Rouille:
1 Tbsp hot fish stock or clam broth.v
2 cloves peeled garlic
1 small red hot pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup soft white bread, pulled into bits
1/2 cup olive oil


Put hot fish stock or clam broth into the bottom of a blender. Add garlic and red hot pepper, salt and bread. Blend until very smooth. With the blender still running, add olive oil slowly and stop the blending as soon as the oil disappears. At serving time pass Rouille in a little bowl along with the bouillabaisse. Each serving is about 1/2 a teaspoon that you stir into your soup. Use gingerly like Tabasco.


1 Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large saucepan. When it is hot, add onions and shallots (or leeks). Sauté for a minute, then add crushed garlic (more or less to taste), and sweet red pepper. Add tomato, celery, and fennel. Stir the vegetables into the oil with a wooden sppon until well coated. Then add another 1/4 cup of olive oil, thyme, bay leaf, cloves and the orange zest. Cook until the onion is soft and golden but not brown.

2 Cut fish fillets into 2-inch pieces. Add the pieces of fish and 2 cups of water to the vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

3 Add saffron, salt, pepper. Add clam juice, lemon juice, and white wine. Bring to a simmer again and cook about 5 minutes longer.

4 At serving time taste and correct the seasoning of the broth, adding a little more salt or pepper if need be, and maybe a touch of lemon juice. Into each soup bowl place a thick slice of crusty French bread, plain or slighlty toasted. Sppon the bouillabaisse over the bread. If desired, serve with Sauce Rouille.

Zest of half an orange
1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup clam juice or fish broth
2 Tbps lemon juice
2/3 cup white wine
Sliced French bread

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