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03May 12

Time-saving sweet chilli fish

Time-saving sweet chilli fishAttention fish lovers: Sweet chilli fish with rice is a dish for those of you who like the taste of the delights from the sea but don´t really have the patience to cook dishes which use up a lot of your precious time.

You know who you are: you are always on the run, and your greatest wish is for food to cook itself, but you also want your food to be healthy. You are tired of ready-made microwaved food and of counting just how many E-numbers have been thrown in.
Here you will learn how cooking fish dishes need not be difficult or time-consuming, and your health will thank you.

This dish literally cooks itself; while the rice is simmering, you have time to tend to other things. All you have to do is chop an onion or garlic, mix the ingredients, and the rest takes care of itself.

This sweet and sour chilli fish dish is an easy, no-fuss, midweek dish. Just don’t forget to put the timer on!

What we need:
• 600g of cod
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 1 garlic clove or 1/2 yellow onion
• 1 decilitre of parsley
• 50-75g of butter
• juice from 1/2 a lemon
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 teaspoon of sambal oelek

Tip to save time: You can also use a ready-made sweet chilli sauce instead of lemon, honey and sambal. It can be found in most food shops. With the remaining sauce, try sweet chilli and lemongrass prawns!

How to make it:
1. Set the oven to 225 degrees Celsius.
2. Place the cleaned fish in an oven-safe form and sprinkle some salt over it.
3. Chop the garlic and parsley.
4. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Mix in the garlic, lemon juice, honey and sambal oelek.
5. Slowly pour the mixture over the fish.
6. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
7. Serve with whole grain rice mixed with lightly cooked vegetables. (These can be defrosted frozen vegetables which are added at the last minute to the rice.)

Time needed: approximately 25 minutes
Serves: 4
Level: easy (especially when using the ready-made sauce)

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28Mar 12

Courgette canapés with crayfish and avocado

Red boiled crayfishWhen I have friends over for drinks before going out on the weekend, I always try to serve them some nibbles of something nice like an appetizer or canapés. There are a wide variety of options, but adding a little bread for carbohydrates gives you energy and helps prepare your system for a fun time out with friends!

 

Here is a recipe for courgette canapés with crayfish and avocado which is quick and easy, and helps avoid the laborious effort of making a full dinner. Needless to say, as a student, I can’t really afford to treat my friends to dinner every time we meet, but these snacks fill us up surprisingly fast and help me look like a fantastic hostess in front of my guests.

However, small “tapas-style” finger foods are great because they don’t cost me a fortune. They are good in social environments since we have to pass the plates around and eat with our fingers while chatting, drinking, and on the really rowdy nights, singing.

Put these on the table together with some other hot and cold nibbles, and your friends will leave the house happy for sure!

What we need:

  • 1 large courgette
  • 340g of crayfish tails
  • 1 avocado
  • 200ml of grated cheddar cheese
  • 100ml of crème fraîche
  • 100ml of chopped dill
  • the juice and some finely grated peel of one lemon
  • 4 pinches of pepper

How we make it:

1. Wash and chop the courgette into slices around 1/2 centimetre thick, about 24.
2. Pour the crème fraîche in a bowl and add the crayfish tails (peel and wash if needed).
3. Peel and chop the avocado into small pieces. Add to the crème fraîche.
4. Grate the cheese and add to the mixture.
5. Grate some of the lemon peel and add to the mixture and the juice from the lemon.
6. Chop the dill and add to the mixture.
7. Add the pepper.
8. Mix everything carefully.
9. Place a tablespoon of the mixture on top of the corgette canapés and place them on a place.

Enjoy!

Serves: 4-6 (24 canapés)
Time needed: 20 minutes
Level: easy

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14Feb 12

Versatile Sauce for both meats and fish

Versatile SauceAre you one of those people who is a god or goddess in the kitchen when it comes to preparing the main dish, but you scratch your head when the time comes to prepare the sauce to go with it? Although a standard herb butter sauce is delicious, I prefer my versatile sauce recipe that I have used successfully with both chicken and salmon, and I’m sure it would go well with red meat as well, as it is just plain delicious!

The main ingredients are Tarragon and dry white wine; add to that a few minutes of slow simmering to bring out the flavours. This one is sure to be a hit, and it is so easy to make it’s almost ridiculous!

 

What we need:
• 1 pint of organic chicken stock
• 1 carton of double cream (around 1/2 a litre)
• 1 decilitre of fresh Tarragon (and plenty of it, but added to taste)
• 1 decilitre of parmesan cheese
• 1/2 a lemon
• a cup of dry white wine such as Chardonnay

How to make it:
1. Put the chicken stock in a saucepan with a glass of dry white wine and boil uncovered until there is only 1/3 of the liquid left.
2. Add the double cream and simmer on a low heat until the consistency is sauce-like.
3. Chop the fresh Tarragon and add depending on taste. But remember, the Tarragon and white wine should be the dominant flavours.
4. Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice and a small piece of grated parmesan.
5. Let it simmer for a few minutes to get all the flavours swirling around.
6. Now that the sauce is ready, I would suggest you serve it with salmon steak or chicken breast, and it goes fantastically well with Hasselback potatoes. On the side, a salad of wild rocket, tomatoes and avocado with just a touch of Modena balsamic vinegar, adds that extra oomph.
Time needed: approximately 20 minutes

Serves: 2-3

Level: easy

Note: If you want to make your stock from scratch, here is how you go about it.
Put a pack of bony organic chicken joints in three pints of water with a chopped carrot, onion, leek, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 hours with the lid slightly to one side until there is about a pint of liquid left. Sieve the solids, and you have a basis for many homemade cubes of stock.

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