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Fish Dish

        

Fish Pie with light greens

 

I have been craving seafood. I went to Manchester Street seafood for the first time ever this week and was in seafood heaven!. All Seafood desires can be fulfilled, the selection was vast. There was filleted fish and whole fish for the more adventurous cooks.  I was lucky to buy fresh Tuna steaks for $32 kg and shiny salmon fillets (already pre boned) for $32.95kg they must have the best seafood selection in Christchurch, New Zealand.         

It bought me back to the time of growing up in Auckland with sweet memories of actually eating fresh pan fried snapper that Dad just line caught of our little boat from the Hauraki Gulf Harbour. Fish this fresh literally breaks up in the pan and melts in your mouth. I have forever been disappointed with most fish eaten since we moved to the South Island. There was also the time when I was ten and we went and stayed in a batch in Mangawhai Heads North of Auckland and we caught mud crabs and collected little pipis. We were walking along the beach and a John Dory jumped straight out of the ocean onto the sand in front of us, that was a tasty supper. I also have always been first to put my hand up to share the crayfish with my Dad, we would break the legs off and suck the soft juicy flesh out, so delicious and kiwi I think. We after all live on an island in the pacific ocean it makes sense that we enjoy some seafood from time to time.       

I went to the Lyttelton farmers market and bought this really “fresh off the boat” break in the pan, melt in your mouth tarakihi a few weekends ago. I then bought some locally grown last of the season green and yellow  baby courgettes, non spray cherry tomatoes and small potatoes. I then made this DISH magazine recipe from Issue 26 Oct-Nov 2009.       

RECIPE       

4 X 200 GRAM Freshest FISH FILLETS you can buy       

Marinade for fish       

2 tsp ground cumin       

1 tsp sweet smoked paprika       

 (buy this from Mediterranean Warehouse, Tuam st, Christchurch, it is $12 a tin and last ages)       

1/4 tsp chilli powder       

2 cloves garlic       

finely grated zest of 1 lemon       

2 tablespoons of chopped coriander       

Market Fish

 

 To Finish:    

 3 Zucchini, sliced on the diagonal    

2 tablespoons currants or I used sultanas    

juice of one lemon    

2 medium vine tomatoes    

2 spring onions, thinly sliced    

2 tablespoons of mint or flat leaf parsley&nbsp    

Marinade: Blend all the marinade ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Tip into a shallow dish, add the fish and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate if not using immediately. The fish can be marinated several hours ahead. Heat a saute pan with a little olive oil. season the fish and cook on all sides until just cooked through. Reserve the remaining marinade. Transfer to a warm plate and cover loosely. Do not wash the saute pan you want to keep all those wonderful flavours. Add a little more of the olive oil and scrape int he remaining marinade. Add the zucchini and currants and cook for 3-4 mins until the zucchini has started to soften and golden. Add the lemon juice, tomatoes, and spring onions and cook for 2 mins. Season and stir in the fresh herbs. To serve: I served over little potatoes with the zucchini mixture and fish on top.    

There is something so comforting about eating a fish pie. Its simplicity, meal in one dish is a major appeal for a multi tasking Mummy. I love to poach monkfish fillets in the milk with some fresh herbs before making my white sauce. I then sometimes add steamed spinach to the bottom of the pie to bump up the vegie intake. You can also add prawns and smoked fish like ling or fresh salmon works well poached also. Fish and potatoes go so well together. Like all good relationships opposites attract and make a good balance. Fish from the under the sea and potatoes from under the earth.       

Simple Home Made Fish pie

 

8 min Oven grilled Salmon with Chunky guacamole

 

Thanks to Gordon Ramseys wife Tana I was able to make this delicious recipe of chunky guacamole which teamed perfectly with my grilled salmon fillet.       

For the guacamole you need two ripe avocados, stone removed and mashed, juice of 1 lime, 1 small red chilli deseeded and chopped finely, 2 tbsp sour cream and 2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander (optional)       

Fish cooked any way really is the dish!       

Bon Bon x

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Inspired Cooking…

I need to feel inspired to cook, I surround myself with lots of good sources to give me ideas.  I think I have read so many cookbooks that I can just look at a recipe and the ingredients and get an idea if I would like it and how it may turn out. This also makes very good practice when it comes to deciphering restaurant menus!.  Quite often Hubby will look across the table at what I ordered and go “ohhhhh”.

Here are my Top 4  favourite places I go when I have a jaded palate and need to create some fresh new food excitement in my kitchen.

1: DISH Magazine . OH my goodness! I LOVE THIS MAGAZINE!. The best New Zealand food magazine, I have heard people in France are now ordering this magazine online. I have improved my cooking knowledge, technique, skill by cooking and reading these magazines. It also helps the photography is so beautiful it has you salivating right to the kitchen. please go to the website and get a subscription quick. It will be a lifetime subscription I promise you will not be dissapointed. http://www.dish.co.nz/

2: The Library. I am not joking, the library is cool again. Every couple of weeks I loan a selection of cooking books and test and try them out. This is much better than buying an expensive cook book which you cook one recipe from which unfortunately burns in your oven and you never use the damn book again. Try before you buy. If you cook a number of recipes from the book you may want to consider investing in a copy. There have been a few books I have discovered this way I will list them at the end of my post.

3: Food TV, Sky. Ok I admit it I am a food Tv geek. This would only be a complete crime if I watched the cooking programmes and never cooked. It is amazing but you can actually learn quite a lot from cooking demonstrations. With the internet now if a particular recipe looks good I can google it and print it off and have it on the table for dinner. I found my Bill Granger  Tuna Rissotto recipe this way. I have now printed this recipe off and given so many copies away. My sister is so addicted to it every time I ask her, Jess whats for dinner it is this Rissotto. 

http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/25/baked-tuna-risotto

See the website for the link to this easy recipe. If you have a young family to feed this is great you can assemble and put in the oven for 30min while you do something else. It is very good with tins of flavoured tomatoes eg: Watties indian/mexican/morrocan

I like to serve it with a fresh crunchy salad.

4: Online  You almost do not need to even own a cookbook these days the amount of information and recipes online is vast. Let me save you some time in cyber space and share what sites I find useful.

http://uktv.co.uk/food/homepage/sid/566 I use this website a lot. I find it very useful in its layout. You can search under a particular ingredient eg:chicken dishes or by your favourite type of food eg:Italian. I never seem to have a enough time to peruse this site.

http://www.101cookbooks.com/ I found this website while I was hunting for a red lentil soup recipe (picture top of post) . Heidi who writes 101 cookbooks is a San Francisco based photographer and cook book writer. She is interested in Whole & Natural vegetarian foods. She has an eye for a beautiful photo and if I ever have only one grain or vegetable  ingredient and am not sure what to cook I can search her site down the left hand side by that ingredient. I would reccomend her red Lentil soup too!.

If none of these work to inspire me I can always rely on my hunger to inspire me back to the kitchen.

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