It was all about the seafood last week. We eat a lot of chicken and prawns so it was nice to mix things up a bit.
Salmon and cous cous with roasted vegetables
I had a friend over for lunch and this was super quick and easy to make whilst the kids munched on their soup and bread. Leave some smoked salmon on plate for 15 minutes with some freshly squeezed lime or lemon over it. I had some leftover cured salmon with pepper which was a lovely addition but not essential. For ease I used this cous cous with is low in fat and crammed with flavour.
I mixed in a couple of tbsp of feta cheese for a treat, lots of fresh black pepper and drizzled with lemon oil.
Roasted Cod with parma ham and peppers
I have started the 5:2 lifestyle and at 224 calories per portion, this recipe is perfect for a 2 day. Full credit to my amazing Father in Law for this one. Chop peppers, courgettes, onions and tomatoes and drizzle in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes until soft and lightly charred.
Season the fish with salt and pepper and wrap loosely with a slice of parma ham. Top with breadcrumbs using wholemeal bread, parmesan cheese and herbs of your choice. Stick the fish and breadcrumbs on top of the roasted vegetables and put back in the oven for around 10 minutes. I put some green olives on the side of mine.
Halibut on a bed of savoy cabbage and crispy bacon with tarragon cream sauce
You can use any white fish for this. To me the cream sauce is the star of the show and it ties in so nicely with the ingredients.
The fish is baked in the oven for 7 minutes (depending on thickness) with a knob of butter on top. The savoy cabbage is shredded and fried in the wok with the bacon (we use smoked). To make the sauce you sweat some shallots and button mushrooms in butter. Then add 2 glasses of white wine and reduce. Then add a stock of your choice – fish or vegetable and reduce. Stir fresh tarragon through and a couple of big spoons of creme fresh (double cream is unnecessary). You can sieve this sauce to get rid of the mushrooms and onions so that it is smooth and silky.
Best dish I eat out (it really is all about the seafood)
Crispy sea bass salad @ Passorn in Edinburgh – for full review click here.
I think I have earned a steak now – bring on the ribeye baby x