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Baked Fish with Greek Salad

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Baked Mediterranean Style Fish and Greek Salad

This is a delicious recipe which is full of flavour as well as lots of nutrients.

Serves 4

4 fillets of choice about 170gr each, skinned and bones removed (choose from sea bass,sea bream, halibut, hake or salmon. Even a handful or 2 of prawns per person would work)

2 cooked red peppers trimmed and sliced

Large handful of basil leaves
40gr butter garlic butter
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Splash of white wine if using

Parchment paper to prepare the parcels

Prepare paper parcels by cutting large circles about 20cm in-diameter
Fold in half to mark the diameter

Lay your fish on a bed of basil leaves just below the diameter, season well
Cover with 1/4 of the red pepper slices and some of the garlic butter and add a splash of white wine if using. Fold paper over and seal well by folding the edges in twice.
Repeat to make 4 parcels.
Place parcels on a baking tray making sure they don’t overlap, They can go into the fridge at this point if you are not ready to use otherwise into the oven for about 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
Serve with the Greek salad (below) for a real taste of the med. Add some boiled potatoes if you need to make it more substantial.

Greek Salad

Large Handful of cherry tomatoes – half some and quarter some

4 plum or regular tomatoes , sliced

1/2 Cucumber de-seeded and sliced

1/2 red onion very thinly sliced

4 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil

1–2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 Block of Greek feta

1 heaped tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp chilies in oil

Mix the oil, vinegar oregano and chilies and place the feta into it for an hour if you can prior to assembling the salad. Just before serving, crumble it.

Add the tomatoes and cucumber to a serving plate, salt well then add the feta and toss over the marinade liquid and mix gently. Serve with the fish parcels.

Sumac and Lemon Spiced Lamb Chops with Chickpea Puree

sumac lamp chops

This spice mix works so well on the lamp chops and is perfect with the chickpea puree. It is a quick and easy meal for family and friends.

Serves 4

8 lamb chops
1/2 tsp sumac
1 tsp nigella seeds
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp cumin and coriander seeds
1 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp oil separated
2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
2 tins chickpeas (reserve half tin liquid)
1 clove garlic peeled chopped and mashed
1 shallot finely chopped
2 tbsp of madeira (Optional)
1 small knob of butter

Dry toast the coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant. Tip into a mortar and pestle and grind.  Tip out into a flat dish, add the sumac, nigella, zest and plain flour and mix well.
Season your lamp chops and press each side into the spice mix and set aside for 30 minutes to develop the flavors.
Meanwhile , heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the shallot and garlic and cook over a gentle heat until softened. Tip in the chickpeas and the reserved liquid and simmer for about 5 minutes over a gentle heat. Tip into a blender and blend well, adding the other tbsp of oil. Taste and season with salt and pepper as required. Tip into a pot and keep warm while you cook the chops.
Heat the oil and in batches, brown the chops well on both sides. IF you wish you can complete the cooking on the pan (medium is about 4-6 minutes depending on thickness) but I like to transfer to a hot oven to complete the cooking .
Deglaze the pan with 1 tbsp madeira, add lemon juice and 30ml water and a small knob of butter. Season and add the chopped mint.
Serve the chickpea mash with 2 chops and some of the pan sauce.

Easy and delicious!

Pomegranate and Honey Glazed Chicken – A perfect summer dish

large pomegranate honey glazed

The last days of summer are here and this is a dish full of summer flavours. I love the pomegranate molasses as it adds a lovely sherbert lemony flavour and It makes a delicious salad dressing or is lovely with roasted peaches or nectarines.
There is great nutrition in this dish with protein from the chicken the goodness of the nuts and the antioxidants from the spices. If you don’t think you will feel full enough you can serve some roasted sweet potato on the side also which works really well.

Serves 4

Marinade
3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
150ml olive oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp each of cayenne , paprika and cumin

8 skinless boneless chicken thighs or a mix of breast and thighs
1/2 red onion sliced very thin
2 handfuls of coriander
2 handfuls of roughly chopped pistachios
2 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix marinade ingredients together
Cut the chicken into 2″ chunks
Add to marinade and toss to coat
Cover with cling and place in fridge at least an hour – overnight even better
Thread chicken pieces onto skewers (soak wooden ones)
Heat griddle pan and cook on medium heat turning to cook on all sides

Toss the onion coriander and pistachios with lime and olive oil
Season and place on a large platter
Add the skewers and serve

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