Tastes of Summer!
A crisp tasting cucumber relish to compliment a lightly spiced fish dish makes for the quintessential flavours of summer. Each 125g fillet can be served with new potatoes and a green salad as a main dish. It can also be served on toasted sourdough or cooked mini filo cases as a starter, topped with the cucumber relish. Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a starter
Lightly Spiced Salmon with Cucumber Relish
2 x 125g organic salmon fillets
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Greek yoghurt
1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
½ teaspoon coconut sugar
Pinch of red chilli flakes (optional)
For the relish
1 mini cucumber (about 150g)
½ small red onion
ginger root (about 1 cm square)
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon chopped coriander
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon coconut sugar
A few drops of toasted sesame oil
Score the skin of the salmon fillets and then cut each one across to form 2 squareish pieces.
In a shallow bowl, mix the salt with the lemon juice and the place the salmon in the bowl, flesh side down. Set aside for 10 minutes
In a small bowl, mix the yoghurt, mustard, the sugar and a few turns of black pepper.
Take the pieces of salmon and pat them dry with a piece of kitchen towel.
Coat the flesh with the yoghurt/mustard mixture.
About 10 minutes before serving, turn the grill on high to get really hot.
Make the relish. Finely slice the red onion. Slice the cucumber with a vegetable peeler. Chop the ginger and pound it with the salt in a mortar until it is pulpy. Place in a bowl and add the oils, vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds and coriander. Mix well and add the cucumber and the red onion.
Back to the salmon. Grease an oven tray and place the salmon on it, skin side up. Grill for 2/3 minutes until the skin is bubbling and cooked (the lemon juice will have “cooked” the underside). Remove from the heat and leave to rest for 2 minutes. Place the cucumber relish on a plate and top with the salmon. Sprinkle with the chilli flakes (if using) and serve.
Veganuary is here!
As I write Storm Brendan et al has been and gone – there is wind and rain a plenty! Here in North Devon we know all about this in the winter months. It’s time to snuggle up and make this comforting plant based stew. The trick here is to make layers of flavour within a single pot; the long cooking time of the pulses gives ample opportunity for this. These quantities make a large amount, enough for 4 – 6 servings, but it freezes well or it can be let down to make soup. It also makes a good base for a veggie curry on another day. The list of vegetables is just a suggestion; use what you have or can get hold of. All sorts of root veg work fine but take care not to use too much of any one strong flavours. You need about 850g as well as the potatoes and onions. The garnish of pink onions really help to lift it – this idea came from Rick Steins “Road to Mexico” – they are worth making to add to anything that needs a zing.
Heart of the Home Veggie Stew
For the pulse base
70g dried aduki beans, cooked (or rinsed from a can)
100g yellow split peas
70g UK split fava beans
100g red lentils
2 heaped teaspoons Ginger/garlic paste
2 Tablespoons curry powder
1¾ Litres Veg stock (or use a cube and water)
2 Bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
For the vegetables
A fewBroccoli sprigs cooked
For the soused pink onion garnish
100g Red onion
30 ml cider vinegar
15ml orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1small tin coconut milk
Fresh parsley or coriander, finely chopped
First, chop the onions into small dice and sauté in a little oil. When they turn translucent, add the garlic ginger paste and stir for a couple of minutes. Then add the curry powder and the yellow split peas and stir for a minute more. Add half of the vegetable stock and the bay leaves, bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer.
Next, make the soused onion. Cut the red onion into slices as thinly as you can and place them in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Drain well and shake off any excess water. Pack into a hot clean jar. Add the salt to the vinegar and orange juice and cover the onion with the liquid. Keep in the fridge until required.
Peel and wash all the vegetables apart from the shallots and broccoli. Cut them into largish chunks, about 2 cm. When the split peas are beginning to soften and break up slightly, add the fava beans and the red lentils. You may need to add more stock. Bring back to the boil, add the carrots and potatoes and turn down to a simmer.
Take the skin off the shallots and trim the ends, leaving enough of the root bit to keep them together. Heat some oil in a small frying pan and sauté the shallots until they take on colour. Cover the pan and turn down to the lowest heat. Cook them, shaking the pan from time to time, until they are cooked through and caramelized on the outside.
When the carrots are beginning to soften, add the rest of the vegetables and the stock. Cook gently until the veg are all cooked and the pulses are melted into the stock. Add the salt and check the seasoning. Warm the aduki beans and the broccoli.
To serve – ladle the veg and pulses into individual deep plates. Divide the shallots among them with the cooking juices if any. Push pieces of broccoli into the stew and strew the aduki beans around. Sprinkle with the chopped herbs. Spoon some coconut milk over the dish and top with a few of the soused onions. Enjoy!
Vanessa Ebdon ® 15/01/2020
We started growing these in 2014. Tomatillos or tomate verde are a member of the same plant family as tomatoes but are more closely allied to the “Cape Gooseberry” or Physalis. When the husks are removed, they look like a green tomato, but the inside is full of seeds and they have a bitter-sweet, tangy flavour.
Mean Molly – Food for mind and body! This is a lightly spiced recipe with many variations, common in southern India and south east Asia. The name is derived from “moilee” – a stew with coconut and “meen” – fish. Somewhere along the line this got christened Mean Molly in our house. However there is nothing mean about this dish – its packed with nutrients for the heart, brain and general well being.
As the leaves on the trees change from green to yellow, orange and red and are finally dispelled by a few sou’ westerlies, I begin to think of warming bowls of soup. The tomatoes and summer veg are at an end – it is the season of golden squash, carrots and other root vegetables.
These felafel are made throughout the middle east using either dried large broad beans or chick peas. However, we are now selling a British grown bean called Fava and it is these that I have used for this recipe. It is most important to use dried beans, not already cooked ones as these will not hold together.
Finding a healthy lunch on the go or to eat at work can be difficult but with a little planning it’s easy to take your own. I have combined the super-nutritionally-loaded quinoa and avocado to make this nourishing and tasty salad. Quinoa has a prep and cook time of about quarter of an hour so it takes no time to do the night before, making it an ideal ingredient to have ready in the fridge for healthy snacking.
Due to the extraordinary weather in February when temperatures soared we are lucky enough to see a few green shoots in the garden. The Swiss Chard or silver beet is one of those appearing now and how welcome it is! I think it is a universal type of plant that grows where nothing else is sprouting as there are recipes to use it all over the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Asian subcontinent.
Spring into Summer – At last there are a few fresh veggies ready to harvest. It seems to have taken even longer this year, with a very mild winter turning into a very cold spring! Even in the mildest of seasons, plant growth is restricted by day length and then as the days get longer, the temperature has plummeted! I love to have a plateful of these young veg virtually raw to remind me just how good they taste.