Sake Salmon and Rice

This is a classic Nigella Lawson recipe for a very good reason – it’s utterly delicious!

Marinade:
1 tsp. English mustard or wasabi paste
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. soy sauce
1 tbs. garlic-infused olive oil
1 tbs. sake
2 salmon fillets
1 cup basmati rice
2 cardamom pods

Sauce:
1/4 cup sake
1 tbs. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. fish sauce or brown rice vinegar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. English mustard or wasabi paste
1-2 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro or parley, to garnish

To make the marinade, combine the mustard or wasabi, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, oil and sake in a freezer bag or shallow dish. Add the salmon and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.

Bruise the cardamom pod and cook with the rice, following the package directions.

Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet and cook the salmon for 1-2 minuets per side. Remove and wrap in foil for 10 minutes.

For the sauce, bring the sake to a boil in a little saucepan to evaporate the alcohol, then take off the heat and add the remaining ingredients.

Divide the rice between 2 plates. Cut the salmon into slices and arrange on top. Pour the sauce over everything and sprinkle with cilantro or parsley to serve.

Serves 2

Cosmo Cocktail Sausages

These little savory gems are bursting with flavor and perfect for a drinks party.

2 tbs. fine cut or shredless orange marmalade
2 tbs. cranberry sauce or loganberry jam
2 tbs. lime juice
1 splash of vodka (optional)
50 cocktail sausages

Heat the oven to 400°F.

In an ovenproof dish, stir together the marmalade, cranberry sauce, lime juice and vodka, if using. Toss in the sausages and bake for 25-30 minutes if they are raw. If the sausages are already cooked bake for 10-12 minutes.

Serves 8-10

Tarragon Salmon

The secret here is the use of both fresh and dried tarragon. The combination makes the sweet salmon flavor sing.

60ml dry white wine or vermouth
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1 tsp. dried chives or onions
1 tsp. butter
2 tsp. garlic-infused olive oil
2 salmon fillets
60ml heavy cream
1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon

Pour the wine or vermouth into a jug and add the dried herbs. Set aside.

Heat the butter and oil over a medium heat in a small skillet in which the two fillets will fit snugly. Season the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness and how you well you like your salmon cooked. Remove from the pan and keep warm.

Add the herby wine to the skillet and let it bubble and reduce a bit, then stir in the cream and reduce everything to a pourable sauce. Serve spooned over the salmon with the fresh tarragon sprinkled on to.

Serves 2

Fish with Toasted Almonds

Perfect in it’s simplicity, this fish is a jot to prepare and a joy to eat.

1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 tbs. butter
2 tsp. olive oil
4 cod fillets (or other meaty white fish)
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley

Add the almonds to a dry skillet and heat over a medium flame until they are just beginning to toast. Remove and set aside. Add the butter and oil to the pan, then sizzle the fish for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. Reduce the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, plate the fish and top with the pan sauce, the toasted almonds and a good sprinkling of chopped parsley.

Serves 4