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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food


I was experimenting with some sauce to go with my fish dinner the other day; I fancied something fresh and different.

I came up with this little number and enjoyed it so much that I thought it worthy of a post.

This is a beautiful fresh tasting summer dish.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus
(served with crushed fresh peas)

You will need
Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food 
2 – Salmon Fillets
60 Gm – Butter
100Gm – White Wine
2 stalks – Celery (chopped)
2 – Medium Yellow Peppers (de seeded and chopped)
Seasoning
500 Gm - Fresh Peas
Fresh Mint Stalks (tied into a bundle)


Pan fry the salmon in the butter until almost cooked then removed and set aside.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food

Add the wine to the pan of butter and reduce by half over a medium heat.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food
Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food








Put the peppers and celery into a food processor and make into a paste.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food
Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food








Add the pepper and celery paste to the reduced wine and butter then simmer for 10 minutes on a medium heat.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper at this point.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food


Then press through a fine mesh sieve, pour back into the cleaned pan then replace the salmon on a medium heat until cooked through.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food
Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food
Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food


Place the peas in a pan of boiling water with the mint stalks for 5 minutes, remove the mint stalks then take out about ¾ of the peas and pulse in the liquidiser.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food


Serve with the crushed peas with a few whole ones on the top.

Fillet of Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Celery Jus ~ Simple Food

Friday, 23 May 2014

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food


Here’s something to put on your brownies hot and thin, or your chocolate ice cream cool and thick.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple FoodMint Infused White Chocolate Sauce

You will need

250 Gm- Good Quality White Chocolate
100 Ml – Milk
250 Ml – Double Cream
7 Gm – Fresh Mint Leaves
¾ teaspoon – Caraway Seeds

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food
Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food









Bring the cream and milk to the boil in another pan.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food

 As soon as the milk and cream comes to the boil add the mint and caraway seeds.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food

Turn off the heat, cover and leave for 10 minutes to infuse.
Pass through a sieve onto the melted chocolate.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food


Whisk until completely mixed.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food



Serve hot and thin or put in the refrigerator for a while and serve cool and thick.

Mint Infused White Chocolate Sauce ~ Simple Food

Thursday, 15 May 2014

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food


Whenever I produce a prawn dish like this I always cook the prawns separately and then add them at the end of the process.

Prawns should be cooked on a medium to high heat for just a few minutes so that they remain succulent, if you put them in a curry at the beginning they will just become tough.

The sauce for this dish is made from roasted red peppers, tomatoes, garlic and chillies and I have used my own Garum Masala with full instructions on how to produce it.

Enjoy

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

You will need
King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food 
240 Gm - Raw King Prawns (peeled and de veined)
30 Gm - Butter
2 - Red Chillies (de seeded and finely chopped)
1 - Onion (finely chopped)
100 Ml – Double Cream
2 - Red Peppers (de seeded and quartered)
2 - Fresh Tomatoes (halved)
5 – Cloves Garlic (peeled and left whole)
150 Ml – Chicken Stock (to make your own click here)

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple FoodFor the Garum Masala

1 teaspoon - Turmeric
1 teaspoon - Black Peppercorns
½ teaspoon - Cloves
1 – Cinnamon Stick
½ teaspoon - Cumin Seeds
½ teaspoon - Cardamom Pods
2 teaspoons - Coriander Seeds



For the garum masala place everything except the turmeric in a dry pan and toast slowly on a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until you can smell the wonderful aroma.

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food


Separate the cardamom pods, split them and discard the outer green pod keeping the black seeds now put everything out of the pan into a clean coffee grinder or pestle and mortar and grind to a powder then add the turmeric and mix well.

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food


Place the peppers, tomatoes and garlic on a baking tray and roast in the oven at 180°c for 20 minutes.

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food

Take them out of the oven and place in a liquidiser, blend until smooth.

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food


In a wok or pan heat a little olive oil and cook the onion and chillies until soft then add the blended peppers and the garum masala and mix well and bring to the boil then simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes, taste and add salt about half way.

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food
King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food


Heat the butter in a pan and cook the prawns on a medium to high heat turning all the time until they turn pink then add them as well as the cream to the sauce just before the end.

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food
King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food

King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food


Serve with a rice of your choice.


King Prawns in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce ~ Simple Food

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food


Plum sauce is quite a common accompaniment for duck because its sweet taste is very complimentary to this kind of meat.

I have developed this particular sauce to have richness from the red wine, sharpness from the plums and sweetness from the brown sugar.

To get that something extra a small amount of Hoisin stirred in at the very end calms down the sharpness and brings it all together as a smooth tasting accompaniment for your duck.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple FoodYou will need

2 – Duck Legs

For the sauce

20 Gm – Butter
300 Gm – Plums (stoned and chopped)
4 table spoons – Light Brown Sugar
100 Ml – Red Wine
A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
2 table spoons – Hoisin Sauce

Place the duck legs in an oven proof dish skin side down and sear on the hob for a few minutes until they start to produce a little oil then turn them over and place them in a pre heated 180°c oven for 1 hour.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food
Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food








Take the duck out after an hour and put it somewhere to keep warm.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food


Put the oven dish on the hob on a medium heat and add the butter to melt then add the plums.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food


Cook for about 10 minutes until soft then add the rest of the ingredients and reduce down.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food


Allow to cool a little then liquidise.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food
Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food









Pass through a sieve into a pan then add the Hoisin sauce, heat up while stirring then serve with the duck.

Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food
Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food







Duck Legs with Red Wine and Plum Sauce ~ Simple Food