Tag: Ashtons

Salmon & Broccoli Tomato Mascarpone Bake

This is a lovey posh  pasta bake,  perfectly at home as a midweek supper or a dinner party delight. I’ve made it with both plain salmon and lightly smoked salmon and have to say I preferred the slightly smokier flavour. Ingredients (serves 4) 500g salad tomatoes, quartered 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp dried oregano…


Spicy Salmon, Courgette & Bulgar Wheat with Coriander Salsa

  This is a bit of a OnePanWonder, providing you cook the bulgar wheat and the salmon ahead of time. Even if you don’t, it’s still a quick and easy supper dish that makes a few ingredients go a very long way and is super filling and nutritious. The original recipe was a Gousto recipe…


Mackerel Biryani

  This is a fantastic go-to supper dish. I usually have most of the ingredients to hand and if I don’t have fresh mackerel it works equally as well with a packet of plain smoked mackerel. I have to say I prefer the fresh fish version, but that’s just personal taste. Ask your fishmonger to…


Thai Salmon Curry

    This is a quick and easy meal that takes less than 30 minutes from fridge to table. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1tbsp rapeseed oil 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 dessert spoon red Thai curry paste 1 can coconut milk (light or full fat, it doesn’t make much difference) selection of vegetables such as…


Baked Hake with Sundried Tomato Tapenade

    This is one of my favourite ways to cook a thick piece of fish. In this instance Ashton’s supplied me with two pieces of hake shoulder – which is the thickest, meatiest part of the fish, and requires a fair amount of cooking in order to ensure it cooks right through. So that the…


Deep Fried Calamari

  This is a smasher, make no mistake: it is holiday on a plate as far as I’m concerned. But it also made me slightly nervous because I stupidly thought it was hard to cook. Ridiculous. It was probably one of the simplest things ever. My wonderful fishmongers Ashton’s did all the hard work, cleaning and…


John Dory with Spiced Cauliflower & Tomatoes

      This week’s Fish on Friday meal was a resounding success: according to AlphaMale it was the best Dinner à Deux ever. This is possibly because cauliflower is one of his favourite vegetables but also, when it was combined with curry spices & fish, it ticked all the boxes as far as his taste buds…


Pan-fried Red Snapper

  Red Snapper is one of my new favourite fish. Apart from the gorgeous colour of it (I like my food nice & bright), it is really easy to pan fry and the skin comes up really crispy. The colour makes me want to serve it an with equally vivid side dish, so I teamed…


Pan Fried Turbot with Asparagus Sauce

  This asparagus sauce is my favourite accompaniment to fish. It is delicately flavoured with fresh tarragon and works really well with pretty much any white fish. Today’s treat from Ashton’s was that most highly prized fish – Turbot – which I have never, ever eaten and which I’m happy to report was absolutely delicious. It’s an extremely…


Midweek Fishcakes

  These make a great mid-week supper. They freeze really well and can be cooked from frozen, so I usually make a big batch and keep a stock handy. I use any fish I can get hold of really – the original recipe was for cod, but I’ve used all sorts of different combinations. Today’s…


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…