Saturday, September 30, 2006

Spicy Fishy

I leave J watching the utterly incomprehensible Syriana ( I lost track whilst cooking) to share tonight's recipe which I invented myself.

You will need:

Frying pan ( pref non stick)
Steamer/saucepan with lid and steaming device

Slab of salmon or two salmon pieces

A. Big slosh red wine vinegar
Heaped Tablespoonful peanut butter
Chilli dipping sauce ( the sort you get in a jar, or you can make your own)
Quarter teaspoon sesame oil ( can be missed out)
Generous teaspoon Nam Pla ( Fish sauce)

B. Whole Lime
Fresh coriander ( torn or chopped)
Cornflour piled onto a dry chopping board
Sunflower oil or ghee or butter
Heap of green veg to steam

Mix all the wet ingredients together ( A) and marinade the fish in them. Leave for at least an hour in the fridge.

Cut the marinaded fish into thick strips about 2 inches wide. Cover with cornflour and chuck into a pan of hot bubbling sunflower oil/ghee ( olive oil is too heavy). Medium heat. Enough oil to deep fry the fish, covering the base of the pan to about 2- 3mm. Turn fish after a minute or so, it's ready in three minutes or so - when the outside is crisp and the inside tender and flakes to the fork. Remove with slatted spoon.

Meanwhile, steam a big panful of spinach/green beans/mange tout/pak choi. (If the fish is done before the veg, pop it in between two hot plates/in a warm oven/ turn down heat off and stick a lid on the frying pan whilst you finish. Timing. It's a bugger)

Remove fish from frying pan,stay on medium heat, pour off excess oil, pour marinade into frying pan, sling in another dash of red wine vinegar or red wine, see how the the steam hisses, add steamed veg, mix about until covered with sauce, don't let it burn. Squeeze over the whole fresh lime and stir until the still-crunchy veg are covered in the sticky, sweet, sour, spicy sauce. Serve the fried fish strips and veg with chopped coriander chucked on top. Nice with an icy lager, or a gooseberryish dry white, or a green tea.

I will reveal the big exciting secret tomorrow. I want to talk to my family first.

Happy Saturday night.



Blogger Gracchi said...

Glad someone else found Syriana incomprehensible- it seemed like George Clooney and company just wanted to string together as much comment about the middle East with as little dialogue as possible.

October 01, 2006 1:14 am  
Anonymous Graham O'Mara said...

Good luck and best wishes

October 01, 2006 2:55 am  
Anonymous seth said...

hi rachel,

the fish recipe sounds yummy..i cant remember the last time i cooked a dish from scratch. so mamy of us eat "prepared foods".

i may give it a try over this weekend if i can find the time.

i hope alls well with you and congrats for making some big changes in your life-i hope that it all works out for you.

seth :)

October 03, 2006 6:37 pm  

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