Simplicity in fish form, this lovely salmon is a jot to make. The recipe calls for the fish to be cooked on the stovetop, but it works just as well on the grill.
1-2 tbs. olive oil
2 heaping tbs. English mustard powder
2 scant tbs. sugar
6 salmon fillets
Heat 1 tbs. of oil in a skillet. Mix half of the mustard powder with the sugar on a plate and dunk in half of the fillets. Cook over a medium to high heat for about 3 minutes a side, or until browned on the outside, yet still juicy inside. Remove to a warmed plate. Repeat the process with the remaining salmon.
These Korean-flavored steaks are meant to be charred on the outside and rare in the middle. Such a treat!!!
4 x 1 1/2″ rib-eye steaks
5 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbs. sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
1″ piece ginger, peeled and minced or grated
4 scallions, chopped
2 tsp. sugar
Mix everything except the steaks in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Add the steaks and turn over if using s dish or squish them about if using a bag. Leave in the fridge overnight or , if you are pressed for time, at room temperature for an hour.
Grill the steaks on a viciously hot grill or griddle for about 5 minutes per side for rare or longer to your liking. Leave to stand for a few minutes before carving into thin slices.
Nigella recommends eating them mounded on plain steamed rice, stuffed into buns with barbecue or steak sauce or piled on a thin flatbread.
These are a dandy and delicious little side that pairs with just about anything.
oval shaped all-purpose potatoes: 6 large, 18 medium, 36 small (new)
3 tbs. butter
5 tbs. olive oil
Maldon or other sea salt
Heat the oven to 425°F (or 400°F for new potatoes).
Put each potato, in turn, in the bowl of a wooden spoon and cut 1/2″ slices to about 1/2″ from the bottom. Place a roasting dish over a medium heat and heat the butter and oil. Roll the potatoes around in the mixture, then arrange cut-side up and sprinkle with salt.
Roast as follows: large potatoes – 1 hour, 10 minutes, medium potatoes – 1 hour, small potatoes – 45 minutes.
These pancakes are light as air – the kind you want to eat in the garden on a summer’s morning.
1 cup plus 2 tbs. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 eggs, separated
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. peanut or vegetable oil
1/2 pint strawberries, chopped or sliced, to serve
maple syrup, to serve
Put the ricotta, milk and egg yolks into a bowl and mix well to combine. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt, then gently whisk to make a smooth batter.
Beat the egg whites until they become frothy and then fold them into the ricotta mixture.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or griddle and drop in heaped spoonfuls of batter. Cook the pancakes for about 1 minute until golden and bubbly, then flip them over and cook another minute. Keep the pancakes warm by tenting them with foil while you work your way through the batter. Serve with strawberries and maple syrup.
This lovely chicken recipe is a doddle to make and gorgeous to eat!
8 – 10 chicken pieces
1 head garlic, separated but unpeeled
2 lemons, cut into eighths
small handful fresh thyme, most leaves removed, but a few left intact to serve
3 tbs. olive oil
10 tbs. white wine or vermouth
Heat the oven to 300°F. Put the chicken in a roasting pan along with the garlic, lemons and the thyme leaves. Pour in the olive oil, then mix everything together with your hands. Sprinkle over the wine and grind in the pepper.
Cover tightly with foil and roast for 2 hours. Turn the heat up to 400°F, remove the foil and roast for 30-45 more minutes or until the skin is browned and the lemons are caramelized. Toss over the remaining thyme sprigs and serve.
Serves 4 – 6
Simple perfection – pasta at it’s very best.
3 oz. spaghetti
3-4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 fat clove garlic (or 2 smaller) peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 dried red chili pepper or a fat pinch of chili flakes
chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Put a pan of water on for the pasta. When it comes to a boil, add salt and then the spaghetti. When you are about 3 minutes away from the pasta being ready, add the oil and garlic to another pan. Crumble in the dried red chili or flakes and stir over a medium heat. When the garlic has taken on a light golden color, add a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water and turn off the heat.
Drain the pasta and tip into the olive oil sauce. Toss well and check for seasonings.
This bright and flavorful supper dish will delight everyone. It’s just the right mix of cinnamon-scented chicken, tender rice and toasted nuts.
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup plus 2 tbs. whole milk yogurt
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. saffron threads
1 quart chicken stock
1 tbs. butter
2-3 tbs. peanut oil
2 1/4 cups basmati rice
3-4 cardamom pods, bruised
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup cashew nuts
1/4 cup flaked almonds
2 tbs. pine nuts
3-4 tbs. shelled pistachios, splintered
small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Marinate the chicken pieces in the yogurt, juice of 1/2 a lemon and cinnamon for about an hour. Soak the saffron thread in the chicken stock.
Over a medium heat in a large pan with a lid, melt the butter with 1 tbs. of the oil and add the rice, stirring to coat until glossy. Pour in the chicken stock, add the cardamom pods, lemon juice and zest, then bring to a boil. Clamp on the lid, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the rice is tender and the liquid absorbed.
While the rice is cooking, shake the excess yogurt off the chicken. Heat the remaining oil in a skillet and cook the chicken until done. If the skillet is not large, do this in batches so that the chicken browns and does not braise.
In a small skillet, add the cashews, almonds and pine nuts. Toast over a low heat until they just become browned. Remove from the skillet.
When the rice is done, fork it through and add the toasted nuts and the parsley. Stir in the chicken and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with the pistachios to serve.
These are special due to the addition of feta cheese and the use of both fresh and dried mint. The perfect side dish or veggie main course.
4 medium courgettes
6 scallions, chopped
8 oz. crumbled feta cheese
small bunch fresh mint, chopped
small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. dried mint
1 tsp. paprika
1 cup flour
3 eggs, beaten
olive oil, to fry
Coarsely grate the courgettes and wrap the gratings in a tea towel for 20 minutes to reduce the moisture. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients except the olive oil. Season well.
Heat a griddle pan over a medium heat, then brush on some olive oil. Drop small mounds of the courgette mixture onto the pan and cook until browned on the bottom. Flip over and brown on the other side. Serve warm.
Think hamburgers, Middle Eastern style.
scant 1/4 cup bulgar wheat
18 oz. lean minced lamb
4 tsp. dried mint
4 tsp. dried oregano
1 garlic cloves, crushed
zest of 1 lemon
vegetable oil, for frying
1 1/3 cup hummus
1 1/3 cups whole-milk yogurt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
8 pita breads
1 Little Gem or Boston lettuce, shredded
bunch fresh mint, chopped
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3-4 tomatoes, chopped
Soak the bulgar wheat by covering it with boiling water and leaving it for 15 minutes in a small bowl. Sieve out the water and mix with the lamb, mint, oregano, garlic, lemon zest and seasoning. Form into small, walnut-sized patties and set on a baking tray. Chill for 20 minutes or up to 6 hours.
Fry the patties in a little oil until cooked through and golden. You may need to do this is batches so as not to crowd the patties.
Stir together the hummus, yogurt and cumin. To assemble, toast or warm the pita bread, then slice off the top. Into the cavity, dollop in some of the hummus mixture, several patties, some lettuce, mint, onion and tomatoes.
This is wonderfully sour, still mellow chicken casserole in lovely thin sauce.
1 onion, finely chopped
6 tbs. olive oil
8 chicken pieces, skinless, bone in
10 tbs. chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
juice of 1/2 lemon
handful fresh parsley, chopped
handful fresh basil, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
In a wide, heavy saucepan, gently fry the onion in the 4 tbs. of the oil until softened but not browned. Arrange the chicken on top and season well. Pour in the chicken stock, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and most of the parsley and basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
When the chicken is ready, toss the tomatoes with the remaining olive oil and season. Tumble over the chicken and serve sprinkled with the remaining parsley and basil.