Sunshine, snapshots and a Spaghetti Marinara Recipe

Sydney Fish Markets

Raffles is still eating his breakfast and he’s already talking about dinner, something that will come as a surprise to no one. Apparently my wee walking stomach “needs” Spaghetti Marinara. At 7am? Sugarpuff too is in a fishy frame of mind on this Monday morning and is also putting in her order, only for fish, chips and pelicans… though I’m fairly certain she doesn’t want the pelican deep fried.

Sugarpuff gets exclusive use of her mama on a Monday and given that the sun is shining, the poisson passion is running high at Casa Eats World, and that I’ve got a Canon Powershot SX700 HS on loan that I’ve been wanting to road test, methinks a mother/daughter spree at the Sydney Fish Markets is in order.

Kid with a  canon

Sugarpuff loves a market and anything battered – given her British paternal parentage we think her DNA may actually be deep fried – and The Sydney Fish Markets delivers on both counts. There are also pelicans to stalk, fishing nets and colourful fishing boats to explore and fisherman to pester. There’s even a “pirate”, or at the very least a very hairy fisherman who humours her with a few “arghs” and “yohohos”.


We also find piles of choc coated mango on a stick that are simply begging to be eaten before we do any serious shopping.

Choc mangos at Sydney Fish Markets

We peruse the aisles of fresh seafood, marvelling at the bright colours and weird and wonderful things on display, Sugarpuff directing me on what I’m allowed to photograph and what I’m not. Sorry prawns you’re out of favour today. The artificial light in the markets proves no problem for the camera, which incidentally is compact enough that I can pop it on my pocket between shots.

produce at Sydney Fish Markets

Sugarpuff chats up an oyster shucker, while I test the 30x zoom lens which can achieve a wide-angle focal length equivalent to a 25mm lens and a telephoto reach of 750mm. I order some prawns and crabs and she waxes philosophic with a tank full of lobsters while I stock up on fish for dinner. Shopping out  of the way, we grab a bag of fish and chips and head outside to enjoy the sun while we scoff our bounty of deep-fried goodies.

Kid eating fish and chips

It is here that my baby girl learns an important life lesson.

Seagulls at Sydney Fish Markets

Never turn your back on a chip.

Chip thief at Sydney Fish Markets

And I learn that the Canon shoots fast when under seagull siege. I even manage to capture a close up of the pilfering sea pigeon who stole Sugarpuff’s chip, something that is sure to prove handy when we send the boys around later to sort him out.

We snap away on the wharf, my petite poseur hamming it up for the camera, the daylight photo and video quality also proving impressive for a compact digital.

 icecream at Sydney FIsh Markets

We also discover that, unlike chips, ice-creams are seagull proof and she taunts her potato pilfering pals as she gobbles down a cone.

At home, Raffles is thrilled with our haul and elects to help in the kitchen while I prepare dinner. And by help I actually mean attack me with crab claws while I do all the work preparing that Spaghetti Marinara he needed so badly.

crab claws

Again the Canon Powershot SX700 HS performs quite well under the hideous fluorescent light of our kitchen though I put it away before it gets attacked by one of Raffles attack claws.

Aide moi.


Spaghetti Marinara recipe

Spaghetti Marinara Recipe


Olive oil
1 small brown onion finely diced
3 garlic cloves finely diced
400 gm can of whole peeled tomatoes
100 ml water
200 ml white wine
1 tsp caster sugar
30 grams of butter
12 medium green prawns peeled
2 blue swimmer crabs, quartered
12 clams (vongole) cleaned
100 gm firm white fish (cut into large pieces)
100 gm salmon fillet (cut into large pieces)
100 gm squid cleaned and cut into strips
100 gm baby octopus cut in halves
Italian Parsley to serve


  1. To make the tomato sauce, heat a tablespoon of oil at medium and add onion cooking until translucent.
  2. Add garlic, tomato, sugar and half of the wine (reserving the other half) and bring to boil.
  3. Add 100 ml water, the octopus and squid before reducing heat and simmering for 20 minutes.
  4. In a pot cook the spaghetti until al dente and set aside.
  5. In a separate pan heat the reserved wine and add the clams.
  6. Cover and cook for three minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
  7. Remove clams and discard any that haven’t opened.
  8. Add the butter, fish and crab into the cooking liquid and cook for two minutes
  9. Add seafood to the tomato sauce along with the prawns and cook for a further two minutes.
  10. Toss with the spaghetti and parsley to serve.

All the images in this post were taken on a Canon Powershot SX700 HS

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a Canon Powershot SX700 HS to test drive for a few weeks. I’m under no obligation to share but I think it’s a great camera for families looking for a little more than a simple snapshot experience from a compact zoom camera, so I wanted to tell y’all about it.

13 Comments on Sunshine, snapshots and a Spaghetti Marinara Recipe

  1. bakeplaysmile
    September 12, 2014 at 9:18 am (10 years ago)

    This looks like the most delicious marinara – check out all that seafood!! Gorgeous photos too. Thanks so much for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! Happy Friday xxx

      September 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm (10 years ago)

      The shellfish is the secret – and the kids love picking away at the crab claws. 🙂

  2. Alicia
    September 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm (10 years ago)

    That camera takes great shots. The seagull stealing a chip is fabulous!
    I love a fishy spaghetti, yum! All that seafood, I’d love to visit the fish market! 🙂

      September 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm (10 years ago)

      IT really does Alicia. I was surprised by how fast it was and how well it behaved under artificial light. x

  3. Pinky Poinker
    September 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Fabulous photos! Sugarpuff and I have a lot in common I think. Especially the battered stuff. What a bright, happy post to read on a Friday afternoon. It made me very hungry for seafood though:)

  4. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    September 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm (10 years ago)

    Your children are gorgeous Aleney! I wish my children would try more seafood. So far all I’ve got them to eat is battered fish. Will be checking out your earlier posts to get some ideas to increase their diet 🙂

      September 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm (10 years ago)

      THanks Kristy, I think so too but admit to unadulterated parental bias. Keep trying. Take them to the fish markets, get them curious, get them to help clean and prepare the fish or shellfish. The more we do it, the more my two eat. x

  5. EssentiallyJess
    September 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm (10 years ago)

    Your kids are such great eaters!
    Mine are getting better with seafood, but we still have a way to go.

      September 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm (10 years ago)

      I find taking them to the fish markets fairly regularly and getting them curious about all the different types of seafood helps Jess.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm (10 years ago)

    Mmm I love seafood pasta! 😀 And yes an important life lesson that everyone has to learn about the chip and the seagull!

      September 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm (10 years ago)

      One of the big ones Lorraine. She’ll never trust a seagull again. 😉

    September 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Thank you Pinky. She’s definitely a batter loving babe 🙂

  8. Blah Blah Magazine
    October 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Gorgeous photos and I’ve been dreaming about marinara lately – it must be a sign that my brain needs me to make this x


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