Salmon and Sushi Rice with Hot, Sweet and Sour Asian Sauce

Not just for salmon, this piquant sauce would be delicious on most any seafood.

2 1/2 cups sushi rice
1 lb. piece of skinless salmon fillet
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 red or green chilis, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tbs. minced ginger root 1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tbs. sake (Japanese rice wine)
2 tbs. mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
2 tbs. lime juice

Cook the rice following the package directions.

Sear the salmon in a flat griddle or skillet for 4-5 minute on one side, then 1-2 minutes on the other side, depending on how you like your salmon cooked. Remove to a large piece of foil, wrap and set aside.

Mix the remaining ingredients together. Scoop some rice into a bowl, top with chunks to the salmon and spoon over the sauce.

Serves 4-6

Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut butter replaces tahini in this wonderful version of the classic chickpea-based dip.

2 x 15oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 garlic clove, peeled
3-5 tbs. olive oil, plus more to drizzle
1/3 cup regular peanut butter
3 tbs. lemon juice
2 tsp. kosher or sea salt
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 – 1/2 cup Green yogurt

Place the chickpeas, garlic clove, 3 tbs. of oil, peanut butter, lemon juice, salt, cumin and 1/3 cup yogurt in a food processor. Blitz to a nubbly puree. Add more oil and yogurt if the mixture is not creamy enough. Check the seasoning, spoon into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil to serve.

Serves 10

Cuban Cure Black Bean Soup

This winter warmer is undeniably cozy.

2 -3 chorizos
2 green onions, trimmed and sliced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1x 425g tin black beans, drained
1 large tomato, chopped
150ml chicken stock
juice of 1 lime
chopped cilantro, to serve

Cut the chorizo into 1/4″ coins. Cook the chorizo in a saucepan for about 5 minutes, or until they give up their pink oils. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add the white part of the green onions along with the cumin. Stir together for a few minutes, then tip in the black beans, tomato and stock. Simmer, uncovered for 10-15 minutes, stir in the chorizo, then ladle into two bowls. Give each a good squirt of lime and scatter over the reserved green onions and the cilantro.

Serves 2

Roasted Seafood

The oven does all the work for you here. Feel free to swap in other types of seafood – scallops, chunks of salmon and mussels would be lovely as well.

1 1/2 lbs. white-skinned potatoes (about 3 baking potatoes)
8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 small red onions
1 lemon
1/4 cup regular olive oil
12 small clams in their shell, soak in cold water and discard any that are opened
6-8 baby squid, tubes cut into rings
1 1/4 lb. raw large shrimp
3 tbs. dry white wine or vermouth
chopped fresh parsley, to serve

Heat the oven to 425°F. Cut the potatoes, without peeling, into thick slices and each slice into quarters. Tip into a large roasting tin with the garlic. Quarter the onions and the lemon and add to the pan, then toss everything with 2 tbs. oil. Roast for 1 hour.

Arrange the seafood on top of the veg and splash with 1 tbs. of the oil and the wine or vermouth. Season well and roast for 15 further. Discard any clams that have not opened. Drizzle with the remaining oil and serve sprinkled with parsley.

Serves 4

 

Toad in a Hole

Little sausage patties are used in this delicious version instead of whole sausages. Serve with onion gravy or English mustard.

1 1/2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 lb. sausages
1 tbs. goose fat or oil
4 sprigs thyme

Heat the oven to 425°F. Whisk the milk, eggs, flour and a pinch of salt together and set aside.

Squeeze the meat out of the sausage casings and form into 12 little patties. Heat the oil in an oven-proof roasting pan and brown the patties on both sides. While the patties and the pan are still hot, pour in the batter and transfer directly to the oven. Cook for 40 minutes, or until the edges are crisp and the eggy middle is set.

Serves 4-6

Lamb with Rosemary and Port

This effortless supper for 2 is a jot to make and delicious to eat.

1 tbs. olive oil
2 tsp.Worcestershire sauce
2 lamb steaks
1 tbs. butter
1 sprig rosemary, needles finely chopped
1 fat garlic clove, crushed
1/4 cup port

Mix together the olive oil and Worcestershire sauce, then brush the mixture over both sides of the lamb. Season well.

Heat a heavy skillet over a medium heat and cook the steaks for 3 minutes per side, or to your liking. Remove to a plate and cover with foil.

Add the butter to the pan and when it has melted, stir in the rosemary and garlic for a minute. Pour in the port and bubble into a sauce. Transfer the steaks to serving plates, add any juices that may have accumulated from them to the pan, then pour the sauce over the steaks to serve.

Serves 2

 

Irish Oaten Rolls

When you fancy fast, fuss-free and fabulous rolls for supper, here is your new go-to recipe!

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats, plus a little more for sprinkling
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup Guinness or other stout
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey

Heat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir together the flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

In a jug, combine the Guinness, buttermilk, oil and honey. Pour into the dry ingredients and combine. The mixture will seem runny at first, but it will soon thicken and get mouse-like.

Using a spoon or a 2″ ice cream scoop, drop 12 rounds onto the baking sheet. Dust each with some oats and bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

Spicy Sausage Patties with Lettuce Wraps

These meaty morsels are bursting with flavor and are perfect served wrapped in crisply cold lettuce leaves.

1 lb. good-quality pork sausage meat
1 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 green chili, deseeded and chopped
1 red chili, deseeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
zest of 1 lemon
2 scallions, finely sliced
2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbs. vegetable oil
iceberg lettuce and/or pita breads, to serve

In a large bowl, mix together the sausage, ginger, chilis, garlic, lemon zest, scallions and cilantro. Form into small, flat patties.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Remove them to a warm plate and serve with lettuce and pita bread.

Makes 16 patties

 

Linguini with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms

Pasta Perfection!


4 cups finely sliced button mushrooms
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs. kosher salt or 1/2 tsp. table salt
small garlic clove, minced
zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 thyme sprigs, leaves stripped to give 1 tsp.
1 lb. linguini
1 small bunch parsley, chopped to give 1/2 cup
2-3 tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper

Put the mushrooms in a large bowl and toss in the oil, salt, garlic, lemon juice and zest and thyme leaves.

Cook the linguini per the package directions. Keep back a bit of the pasta water, then drain and add to the bowl. Ross everything together adding some pasta water if necessary. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, parsley and pepper.

Serves 4 – 6

Spaghetti with Marmite

Simple and sublime! 

12 oz. spaghetti or linguini
3 tbs. butter
1 tsp. Marmite
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reverse 1/2 cup of the cooking water and drain.

When the pasta is nearly done, melt the butter and Marmite in a small saucepan with 1 tbs. of the pasta cooking water. Toss with the drained pasta and add more of the reserved water to amalgamate if nessecary.

Serve with the cheese sprinkled on top.

Serves 4 – 6