Haddock with a Tomato-Red Pepper Sauce and Parslied Potatoes (4)

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White fish needs a sauce otherwise it can be very bland. The tomato-red pepper sauce is easy to make and cooks in just about the same time as the fish as do the potatoes so all is on the table in about half an hour. The haddock is poached with lemon juice and olive oil. The recipe for the sauce is a good one to keep on hand as it goes well with pasta  and, if diluted with some broth, makes a nice soup. New potatoes cooked in their skins are then squashed with a potato masher before being sprinkled with parsley and lightly sauteed in oil.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

4 pieces of haddock (about 5 oz. per person)

Juice of 1 lemon

3 – 4 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion – roughly diced

2 cloves of garlic – grated

1 can of diced, roasted tomatoes

1 red pepper – diced

10 oz. new potatoes

2 tbsp. parsley – finely chopped

Place the fish on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking tray, pour over the lemon juice and 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook in oven for 25 minutes until cooked through.

Pour 1 tbsp. oil into a frying pan and when sizzling add the onion and let soften and brown slightly. Add the garlic and stir in well. After a couple of minutes pour in the        tomatoes and add the diced pepper. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to a boil then simmer for 25 minutes. Process mixture in a food processor.

Place potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cook for 20 minutes. Heat 1 -2 tbsp. oil in a frying pan and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Squash the potatoes slightly with a potato masher and when the oil is sizzling add them to the pan and sprinkle the parsley over them. Cook until slightly brown and crisp.

 

 

 

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Mixed Fish Platter for Two (2)

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Charcuterie platter, cheese platter – make way for a fish platter. A great date night dish or for a special occasion or just because… Although everything is served cold it takes a little time prepare so I started in the morning. The platter consists of shrimp marinated in olive oil, lime juice, garlic and cilantro, smoked mackerel with a beetroot horseradish sauce, salmon brushed with a dill dressing and, lastly, scallops topped with guacamole (I cheated and bought the guacamole). I went to the fish counter in my local supermarket so I was able to buy 8 prawns/shrimp, 6 scallops, and a piece of salmon. The smoked mackerel was in the chilled cabinet.

SHRIMP

8 shrimp/prawns – medium sized, raw and de-veined

Juice and pulp of 1 lime

1 large clove of garlic – finely grated

1 tbsp. cilantro – finely chopped

3 tbsp. olive oil

Place all ingredients in a plastic ziploc bag and gently massage. Place in fridge and leave for a couple of hours.

Cook in a frying pan for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally, then let cool.

SMOKED MACKEREL

1 store bought smoked mackerel fillet – cut into four pieces

3 medium beetroot – roasted

1 tbsp. horseradish

Cook beetroot wrapped in foil for an hour at 350 degrees F. Let cool and process in food processor with the horseradish ( you will have some leftovers)

SALMON

1 piece of salmon (enough for 2 people to share)

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil, pour over lemon juice and oil and season.

Make a parcel of the salmon and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. then let cool.

DILL SAUCE

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. dill finely chopped

Place all ingredients in a jar with a screw top lid and shake until emulsified.

SCALLOPS

6 x large scallops

1 tbsp olive oil

Guacamole

Place oil in frying pan and when sizzling add scallops and brown on both sides. This takes between 10 and 15 minutes and you need to keep an eye on the scallops and turn frequently.

Place on a piece of paper towel and cover also to remove any grease.

TO ASSEMBLE

Shrimp can be placed on the platter as they are.

Smoked mackerel should be cut into 4 slices with a teaspoonful of beetroot horseradish on top.

Salmon should also be cut into four pieces and brushed with the dill dressing.

Scallops should be topped with a good teaspoonful of guacamole.

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon Fillets with a Mustard Dill Sauce (4)

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Salmon, mustard and dill go very well together – think gravlax, a Swedish delicacy. The salmon in this recipe is poached in lemon juice and olive oil in a parcel of aluminum foil and as a result is very moist. The mustard dill sauce is incredibly easy to make and apart from being a sauce in this recipe I think it would make a good spread on bread or wraps for sandwiches.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

4 salmon fillets

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. fresh dill – finely chopped

Place salmon fillets on a large piece of aluminum foil in a baking dish, pour over lemon juice and oil and season, then make a parcel and place in oven for 20 minutes or so until salmon is cooked.

In a bowl whisk together the mustard and apple cider vinegar and then add the oil and chopped dill.

When fish is cooked place on a serving platter and spoon a little mustard sauce over each fillet.

 

Fish Curry (4)

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Have only eaten a prawn/shrimp curry but never a fish curry. This curry has a blend of Asian/Indian flavors and is medium spicy. I think this might also make a good fish pie mixture topped with mashed potato.

1 tbsp. olive oil, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium onion – finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic – grated

Thumb-sized piece of ginger – grated

2 tsp. garam masala and 2 tsp. curry powder – mixed together

1 can lite coconut milk

10 oz. cod – cut into bite size pieces

5 oz. spinach

1 tbsp. mango chutney

Place oil in a skillet/frying pan and when sizzling add onion and garlic. Turn heat down and let soften.

Add ginger and half the spices and cook until you can smell the spices.

Pour in can of coconut milk.

Toss fish in the other half of the spices.

When coconut milk is bubbling add fish, spinach and chutney, turn down heat, cover skillet with a lid and cook for around 8 minutes until fish is nicely cooked through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Poached Salmon on a bed of Black Olive Hummus (serves 2)

Lemon Poached Salmon on a bed of Black Olive Hummus (serves 2)

I found some amazingly cheap wild salmon the other day – $6.99 a pound on sale versus $16.99! Cold poached salmon is quick and easy and I like it cold. I poached the salmon by pouring the juice of half a lemon and 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil over salmon and covering the roasting tray I cooked it in with aluminum foil. Hummus can serve as a side dish – love it with chicken – as well as a dip. So I made my black olive hummus (see recipe on this blog) and placed the salmon on top – and there you have it!

Jo’s Fish Pie (serves 4)

Jo’s Fish Pie (serves 4)

Not your usual fish pie but my spin on it. I took some wild caught cod and wild caught shrimp and cooked them in oil and lemon juice. For the sauce I took 1 dry US pint/8 oz grape tomatoes and some cloves of garlic tossed in olive oil and roasted in the oven, then whizzed in food processor. To the sauce I added some wilted spinach and then poured it over the fish (cut into bite size pieces) and shrimp. Then I topped it with mashed potatoes or omit them and eat the dish without.

The tomato sauce is so easy and so delicious and you can use it any time you need a tomato sauce. It’s not even really cooking – you just tip the tomatoes and whole cloves of garlic into a roasting dish and pour over some olive oil (I also added in the juices from the fish. It comes out of the food processor very creamy. It is my ‘go to’ tomato sauce (maybe I could just add veg. broth/stock and maybe some herbes de Provence and it would be a great soup or maybe…). I added in the juices from the fish.

1/2 pound of (wild caught) cod – cut into bite size piece when cooked

8 (wild caught) shrimp (UK – these are large prawns)

Juice of 1 lemon

1  tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place cod and shrimp in an oven proof dish, pour over lemon juice and oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover dish with aluminum foil and cook in oven for around 15 minutes (if shrimp are frozen de-frost first – best in a pan of warm water). Drain fish juices into tomato sauce in the food processor.

1 dry US pint of grape/cherry tomatoes

3 large cloves of garlic – peeled but whole

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place tomatoes, garlic and oil and add a little salt and freshly ground black pepper

Roast in oven for 30 minutes and then place in food processor along with juices from fish/shrimp.

5oz fresh, baby spinach

Rinse spinach and place in pan/skillet and cook until wilted.

Potatoes – mashed with extra virgin olive oil.

Place fish/shrimp in an ovenproof dish, pour over tomato sauce, add wilted spinach and top with mashed potatoes (or omit mashed potatoes and just enjoy the fishy dish.

Smoked Salmon Smeared with Taramosalata

Smoked Salmon Smeared with Taramosalata

This is a wicked appetizer! Taramosalata has 60 calories all from fat, but no trans fat, in 1 tbsp. It is SO delicious and I serve it on special occasions.
Calculate 2 pieces of smoked salmon per person, smear each slice with taramosalata and let everyone help themselves. Years ago I served the same thing in a ramekin dish, placed salmon in ramekin and scooped taramosalata into the middle.
Brand I used (stumbled upon it in my local Mediterranean Market and Deli, I was so happy!) is Krinos. It does contain lactic acid (jury seems to be out as to whether it is dairy) but I seem to be able to tolerate it.