Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Salmon by Request

Over the Christmas period we were joined at Holly Grove by the Handyman's children, T and S.  T is a burgeoning cook and was keen to help me out in the kitchen on Christmas Eve.  The joy of cooking with an enthusiastic young cook is about sharing all you've learnt over the years and learning from their experiences and thoughts on food and cooking.

During our epicurean chatter T was keen to find out a bit more about cooking fish.  He's lucky enough to have a daily market close to his student flat and had seen the variety of fish on offer but was wary of buying any until he has mastered a few simple recipes.  So I promised a simple and tasty fish recipe for him to try, and here it is:

Baked Salmon with Thread Noodles and Broccoli
Serves 2
2 salmon fillets
2 small knobs butter or 1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
quarter tsp ground coriander
couple of glugs dry white wine or fresh orange juice
couple of twists of black pepper

Cut 1 piece of cooking foil, large enough to create a parcel for 1 piece of salmon.  Lightly butter or oil the foil.  Place the salmon skin side down on the foil and fold up the edges of the foil.  Add a knob of butter, half of the garlic, half of the coriander and a glug of wine or orange juice to the salmon and close up the parcel.  Repeat with second salmon fillet.

Place parcels on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 180C for 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the noodles and broccoli and serve the salmon on top of the noodles with the juices from the parcel drizzled over the top and the broccoli on the side.

A quick, simple, healthy and tasty meal for two.  Go on T give it a try!

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