Category: Fish

Dinner a Deux: Sear-Roasted Wolf Fish with Honey Glazed Fennel

  Wolf Fish. Yes, I know, I’d never heard of it either until the other week. As part of my Fish On Friday project, I was presented with Wolf Fish fillets by Ashtons and, on enquiring what one was supposed to do with Wolf Fish, was duly told, ‘You’ll work it out.’ So I did. Much…


Dinner a Deux: Garlic Prawns

  These are wonderfully Spanish – rich in garlic and sherry flavours –  and easy peasy and quick to cook too. I use frozen raw king prawns which I get from Ashtons and keep in the freezer for curries and suchlike. They work really well, although they aren’t quite as pretty as whole prawns with the…


Pan Fried Black Bream with Roasted Tomato Risotto

  This is utterly fabulous and nowhere near as complicated as you think.  The risotto is partly cooked, cooled and finished off at the last moment, which is perfect if you have guests – nobody wants to be standing stirring risotto all evening. The sauce can also be cooked ahead, leaving you with very little…


Thai Salmon Fishcakes

These are fabulously quick to make and are totally delicious into the bargain, perfect for a light bite or a supper. This recipe serves 2 but can easily be multiplied up. Ingredients: 250g skinless, boneless salmon ( I often use the trimmings from a big fillet that I’ve used for a salmon en croute) 1…


Thai Green Fish Curry

  You can’t beat a bit of fish curry, although this took quite some explaining to the children when they were growing up. A good firm fish stands up so well to fragrant curry spices, and this Thai green curry is no exception. I used monkfish in this recipe, which seems extravagent, but  Ashtons kindly…


Take Two: Spaghetti with Prawns & Rocket


Dinner à Deux: Pan fried hake with clams & asparagus

I had a new cook book for Christmas : Rick Stein Fish & Shellfish, and this is my first attempt at recreating anything from it. It’s a great book- lots of advice on preparing fish, plus alternatives for the fish used in each recipe, which is always handy.  The lovely chaps at Ashton’s Fishmongers in Cardiff…


Roasted Mackerel with Garlic & Paprika

Cheap and cheerful, this delicious meal takes a mere 30 minutes cooking time, plus around 15 minutes preparation. It’s perfect for a mid-week supper. Not only that, mackerel is an oily fish, so it’s a great source of vitamins and good old omega-3. To add to health-value, I served it with stir-fried kale, which is…


Dinner a deux 7

    ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Fresh Oysters; Braised Pork Cheeks with Celeriac Mash & Creamed Cabbage; Apple Charlotte with Creme Fraiche…


Dinner a Deux 6

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Pan-Fried Scallops with Crunchy Apple Salad; Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Fennel; Vanilla Cheesecake with Berry Compote I’ve always loved strong flavours: aniseed balls and liquorice featured heavily in my childhood sweet habits.  Now I’ve grown out of sweets, I get my fix from star anise and fennel.  And what better way…


Dinner a Deux 5

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Beetroot Tarte Tatin with Rocket and Watercress Salad; Seared Salmon with Honey-Glazed Fennel; Hot Chocolate Fondant. Valentine’s Day: traditionally the day for all things lovey-dovey.  What better way to show AlphaMale how much I love him than to serve up a special little Dinner a Deux? And what a dinner it…


Dinner a Deux 4

ON THE MENU TONIGHT: Roast Pepper & Goats Cheese Bruscetta; Salmon en Croute with Rocket & Parmesan Pesto; Vanilla Cheesecakes with Berries. COR!  Just look at that…what’s not to enjoy? Crisp puff pastry; a tangy pesto made from rocket, Parmesan and toasted pine-nuts; and a deliciously moist salmon fillet.  Just lovely.  And easy – I…