Salmon and Asparagus Supreme

Cook book, Fish, Weight watchers seasonal recipes

And supreme indeed it is

What a delightful dish, a total all rounder! It’s filling, nutritious, creamy, fresh, tasty and even a little cheesy.

What is it? Well it’s pretty much just salmon fillets cooked with leeks, courgettes and asparagus in a creamy, but low fat, bachamel sauce. I could of easily eaten this on its own but I did add some couscous. It really was beautiful in taste, the soft salmon against the slightly sweet sauce was a heavenly melt in the mouth affair. 

It’s also a very easy dish to make, pretty much a one pot deal, in the oven, 25 minutes, bish, bosh, done!





*Recipe courtesy of the Weight Watchers Seasonal cook book (I don’t follow weight watchers, it’s an old book but contains some good, low fat material)

Trout, an ugly name but a beautiful taste!

Fish

Tonight’s dinner called for high protein (Minday night boot camp) with great taste (Just because Monday needs help to be good!) and so this tasty trout dish was on the menu.

Not only is it healthy and tasty but from start to finish it takes 25 minutes to prep and cook.


Simply….

  1. Mix 20g butter with 1 crushed garlic cloves, 2 chopped shallots, 1 small bunch of chopped parsley and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard.
  2. Score the skin of 2 trouts and rub the buttery mixture in
  3. Peel 2 bulbs of chicory and lay on two individual baking sheets, place the fish on top of the chicory and fold the parchment into a parcel. Cook the fish parcel for 15-20 minutes in the fm oven at 180
  4. Meanwhile boil some broccoli florets
  5. Fry 2 slices of streaky bacon in 5g butter. When nearly done, add 20g pistachio nuts
  6. If desired, cook 100g couscous and season with salt, pepper and ginger
  7. When it’s all cooked, serve and enjoy 

*serves 2

If you are not overly familiar with Trout it’s a really delicate fish with a very light and fresh taste. It’s easy to over flavour but this dish offers a beautiful mix of bitter chicory, fresh fish and creamy nuts.

RAMEN ROMANCE

Cook book, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Uncategorized

Well chaps and chapets, its been another 1st for me with this dish. Yes, can you believe I have never had Ramen before? Seriously, if you read my blog you will know I love noodles and so to have never had Ramen seemed an insult to the noodle lords!

So I recently pulled out Mr Olivers comfort food cook book and I made my way through this little beauty of a recipe. Its a somewhat complex recipe, it takes time so be prepared to enjoy your kitchen for a while but its defiantly worth it!

I really enjoyed the whole mix. The soft noodle soaked up all of the delicious salty broth and the runny soft boiled egg was beautiful against the tender flavorful meat. I even enjoyed the crackling (which I don’t normally), although it was a little awkward to eat and I resulted in diving in with the fingers!

Paella, plain and simple

Fish, Weight watchers: Around the world

Paella isn’t my favourite dish due to its faffy nature. I don’t love getting my fingers dirty with food and especially not with fish as sometimes it can reduce my enjoyment, but every now and again I’ll relax my issues and I’ll tuck in. 

That time recently came and I put together a fresh, seafood filled dish which actually was really very good.

The rice was fluffy and deep in flavour and the meat was a bountiful array of squid, mussels and prawns. Fresh is the key word here and it really delivered on that front. 

 

A dish too darn good not to share!

Vegetarian

I always like to produce at one vegetarian dish each week, its good for our Eco system, my body and my purse!And generally, I like a good veggi dish but this was out of this world!

Its a Exotic butter bean and butternut squash stew and it offers sweet creamy tastes which are so good, I was actually disappointed to have finished.

Simply sweat a chopped onion in a large pan then add a tbsp of demarera sugar and the butter nut squash (I used spiralised squash). Then add a 400ml can of coconut milk, some chopped chili flakes and about 300ml of vegetable stock. Simmer for 20 minutes and then add the butter beans and cook for a further 10 minutes.

To serve, dish the stew up with some rice and lay on a sprinkling of chili flakes, coriander and pistachios.

Sweet, creamy and with a delicate heat smoldering in the back ground.

CREO Burger (Crab-a-licious)

Cook book, Fish, Hamburger gourmet, Vegetarian

I take great pleasure in delving into the many burger recipe books I have but I always tend to lean towards the Beef variety (knowing that Gav likes these bad boys best!). So, now and again I force myself to pick a recipe which offers a little more adventure!

Last week I plucked out this little nipper (Crab….Do you get it? Ha) and it was a great pick indeed, adventure paid off!
Burger 2

After looking at the recipe initially I wondered how substantial this burger was going to be? I’m not greedy and I mainly have a balanced healthy diet but when I have a burger, I’ not really thinking “Health”…..I’m more along the lines of “Give me food!!!”

The actual burger ingredients didn’t look like they would produce anything more than a slither but how wrong I was. The pattie  turned out to be a huge chunk of a thing  which I was most pleased about! I popped it in a brioche bun and made some onion rings as a side.

It was filling, tasty and offered something a little different. A great Saturday night dish!

 

Burger

 

Tikka pork noodles

Pork

Hungry (as usual), I pull open the fridge to see what I can create for dinner tonight. I failed to plan a week of meals and so it’s a matter of luck and vision!

I opted for a pork chop as my core ingredient and as I had some tikka paste which needed using I rested on tikka pork noodles.

I cooked the noodles in water and tikka paste and left to soak up all the flavours. I griddles the tikka covered pork for 3 minutes each side and I boiled up some mixed veg to pad it out and inject some extra nutrition. Finally a dollop of natural yoghurt and a sprinkle of coriander.

A 10 minute lean meal which was not only filling, but gosh darn tasty!

 

Gammon: Not quite a friend

Cook book, Food, Pork, Uncategorized

I have never really liked Gammon. Salty, a weird texture that comes across as fatty, even if it isn’t. No it just hasn’t been for me.

  
But I strongly believe that taste buds evolve and so every now and again I keep reverting back to my less than favorite foods with the hope there will be a tingle of enjoyment. This has worked for me over the years, I now love wine, olives and am partial to celery, all of which at one point I couldn’t stand.

But back to Gammon. Last night I cooked orange and mustard gammon with a leek and pea cous cous. I won’t lie to you, I still don’t love gammon but it was definitely more enjoyable than previous experiences! I’m on my way 😉

   
   
I just need to keep at it with goats cheese now

Noodles return….with Prawns!

Chinese, Food, Food general, Foodie, prawn

Despite my love affair with noodles it’s a while since I’ve made up a batch, but tonight changed that.

Prawn Noodles was the dinner choice for tonight, with a Chinese influence:

   

  1. Place the Noodles in boiling water and add 1tbsp Soy sauce, 1tsp Chinese five spice and leave to soften.
  2. Meanwhile fry thinly sliced carrot, onion and chili in a wok
  3. When softened slightly add some chopped kale and the prawns
  4. Finally season and mix the prawn mixture into the noodles 



In total this dish took 20 minutes max and was ram packed full of full of taste. Tuesday night I challenge you to give me better food! Not likely! 😉

Let me know your thoughts……

Pasta a la Monday!

Food, Pasta

After a 5.45 am start, a 90 minute gym session, a long day in the office and a pitch black dog walk…tonight my body craved carbs!

I whipped up this simple yet tasty tomato and chicken pasta (it would have been 100% healthy too if not for the cheeky addition of creme fraiche) 

  

  • Boil some Whole wheat pasta
  • Whilst it boiling fry Shallots and Courgette in Olive oil
  • Add a tin of chopped Tomatoes
  • Season
  • Stir in cooked chicken breast pieces and the Creme Fraiche
  • Mix into the pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan to taste.

Easy peasy and done in under 20 minutes. It doesn’t lack on flavor either however if I was dining alone I would have been tempted to slip in a full chili!! 

Happy Monday!