Quick Fish Noodle Dinner.

Jon’s review is “nice sauce (approvingly] lots of noodles (not so approvingly]”. Perhaps a few less noodles and some veggies might be an idea next time!

Still, it took a grand total of around ten minutes, was amazingly rich and if you fancy a hot noodle dish with fish, a thick sauce and plenty of comfort, this is awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 200g fish pie mix
  • 300g salmon
  • 100g squid
  • 200ml double cream
  • 400ml milk
  • 150-250g dry rice noodles
  • powdered vegetable, chicken or fish stock
  • 1tbsp mustard
  • 2tsp worcestershire sauce

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • pot with lid

Recipe:

  1. Chop the fish into roughly 1.5″ bits. Put in the pot.
  2. Cover with cream and milk. Add stock, mustard and worcestershire sauce.
  3. Simmer until the fish is cooked.
  4. Add the noodles and stir through. Take off the heat once stirred.
  5. Making sure the noodles are submerged, cover the pot and leave a few minutes.
  6. Serve hot.

Fast, satisfying dinner. 😀

What quick meals do you like at your home? And what would you call an appropriate noodle-fish ratio?

 

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Not-Thai Fish Curry.

Well, as I was saying yesterday, I like to buy from clearance websites. So I went a little crazy a few weeks ago and bought a 10kg restaurant-sized tub of Sharwoods curry paste (for only £1.50). Just a little crazy. And, to test it out, I made a Not-Thai Fish Curry. It was a bit hot for Jon, but I’m working on that next time.

This is a lie. It is not the fish curry. Same ingredients in the base, but not curried. I can't find my fish curry pictures. :(

This is a lie. It is not the fish curry. Same ingredients in the base, but not curried. I can’t find my fish curry pictures. 😦

Ingredients:

  • 2 basa or pollock fillets
  • 3 small (15-20cm) squid
  • 100g mussels
  • 100g fish pie mix or smoked fish or salmon
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 400g mixed vegetables (pick plain ones, like broccoli, peas, spinach or aubergine)
  • 4tbsp curry paste or powder
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • pepper if needed

Utensils:

  • measuring utensils
  • chopping board and knife
  • large pot

Recipe:

  1. Chop the fillets, squid and vegetables.
  2. Mix all the fish and vegetables together in the pot.
  3. Stir in the seasonings and leave to rest a little.
  4. Add coconut milk and water. Bring the pot to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 30min.
  6. Serve with rice or beans.

As I said, Jon liked it but found it juuust too spicy, so I will work on that next time. Always learn the heat of every premixed sauce or paste you use, and adjust accordingly!

TTFN and Happy Eating!

WWW. Fish Pie, Chocolate Cheese Pudding.

The best recipes this week were the fish pie I made on Thursday and a pudding that I and my brilliant cousin made together on Saturday night.

Sadly there are no photos of the pudding, but take my word that it was delicious and she did an amazing job of the presentation!

Fish Pie.

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Ingredients:

-400g fish pie mix (ours had cod, haddock, smoked mackerel and smoked salmon, shellfish are also good)

-2 filets fresh salmon

-2 filets fresh pollock or basa

-500g potatoes

-5 spring onions

-1 red onion

-100g butter

-50ml olive oil

-salt

-pepper

-onion granules

-herbes de provence

Utensils:

-chopping board, peeler and knife

-masher

-small pot

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Cube all the fish so it’s the same size. Place in the tray. Season with salt and pepper and rest.

2: Peel any uneven, dirty or thick skin off the potatoes. Cube and place in the pot to boil.

3: Finely dice the spring onions and red onion. Add to the fish.

The innards of the pie.

The innards of the pie.

4: Once tender, drain the potatoes and mash with 50g of butter and the oil.

5: Dust the fish with herbs and add the butter before spooning the potatoes on top.

6: Bake at 160C for 2h.

Chocolate Cheese Pudding.

Ingredients:

-300-400g cream cheese

-300g greek yoghurt

-5tbsp cocoa powder

-3tbsp plain sugar

-3tbsp icing sugar

-2tsp honey

-1tsp orange flavouring

-crushed chocolate for decoration (optional)

Utensils:

-bowl

-blender

Recipe:

1: Mash together the cheese, yoghurt and cocoa powder.

2: Blend whilst adding the sugars and honey.

3: Continue to blend. Make sure to slowly raise and lower the blender if it is hand-held, to get some air in.

4: Adjust by adding either more cocoa or more sugar, as you see fit.

5: Fold in the orange.

6: Quickly serve whilst still light. Sprinkle crushed chocolate, toblerone, terry’s chocolate orange or similar on top for decoration.

And those were the best main course and pudding we had this week.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

What have you been cooking? Got any recipes or anecdotes to share?

WWW. Pepper Salmon and Bacon, Autumn Veg, Pumpkin Cake.

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Grilled Pepper Salmon and Bacon.

Ingredients:

-2 salmon filets

-100g/3.5oz bacon

-3tsp pepper

-a squeeze of lemon

Utensils:

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Rub both sides of the salmon and bacon with pepper. I used a slab of bacon, but if you’re using sliced bacon you only need to pepper one side.

2: Place on a low heat under the grill until cooked-through and crisp on top.

3: Serve with lemon.

Autumn Veg Mix.

Ingredients:

-150g/5.3oz butternut squash

-100g/3.5oz pumpkin

-50-100g/0.5-3.5oz broccoli

-100-200g/3.5-7oz peas

-50g/0.5oz bean sprouts

-2 chillies

-the fat from the salmon and bacon

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-small pot

Recipe:

1: Chop the squash, pumpkin and broccoli.

2: Put on to boil in the pot with the chillies.

3: When the squash and pumpkin are tender, add the peas and beansprouts.

4: Boil until everything is tender.

5: Drizzle with salmon and bacon fat and a little onion powder.

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Pumpkin Cake.

Ours had A LOT of seeds, so maybe remove some if your pumpkin paste is too seeded.

Ingredients:

-the fibrous centre and seeds from 2 large pumpkins

-250g/8.8oz flour (self-raising or with agents)

-2tsp cinnamon

-5tbsp sugar

Utensils:

-scissors

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Cut up the pumpkin. Remove excess seeds.

2: Mash with sugar and cinnamon.

3: Mix in the flour. Add water as needed.

4: Pour into the tray.

5: Bake at 200C/390F for 35min.

WWW. Lemon Salmon and Mixed-Fruit Pie.

One hen is ill, the other is stressed. If they don’t resume laying soon it’s vets or put them down ourselves. Doesn’t discourage me from getting more as we were aware that ex-bats can have issues, but is a bit annoying. Depending on how they do I may write a review on how it went. We’re still looking for pullets that are unlikely to have as many issues as ex-bats.

Anyhow, today for lunch we had this.

Lemon Salmon Fry.

Ingredients:

(serves 2)

-2 salmon filets

-200g broccoli florets

-3 small carrots

-1 bell pepper

-100ml double cream

-1tbsp tahina

-1/8tbsp crushed chilis

-150ml lemon juice

-1/2tsp ginger

-1tsp pepper

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan

-cup and fork/whisk

Recipe:

1: Finely slice the carrots, pepper and broccoli. Pan-fry in a little butter.

2: Mix the lemon, tahina, chili and ginger in a cup.

3: Slice the salmon into strips. Add to the pan carefully, so it won’t disintegrate.

4: Once the salmon is sealed, pour the lemon mix over the top. Simmer until reduced.

5: Add the cream. Reduce further.

6: Right before serving, add the pepper and heat through.

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Mixed Fruit Pie.

I used home-made jams and elderberries and raspberries, but really any two fruit jams and two fruits will work.

Ingredients:

(one pie, serves 6-8)

-350g flour

-50g butter

-1 egg

-150g jam 1 (plum)

-150g jam 2 (strawberry)

-50g fruit 1 (elderberries)

-50g fruit 2 (raspberries)

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased or non-stick tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the butter, egg and flour. Add water until the dough is dry to touch and stretchy.

2: Roll it out and fit it to the pie-tray.

3: Bake at 200C for 10-15min.

4: Spoon the jams into the pie. Sprinkle the fruit on top.

5: Bake at 160C for 45min.

6: Reduce heat to 100-120C and bake until the middle’s firm.

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