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sea bream and prawns cooked in crazy water, Orata di mare e gamberetti cotti in acqua pazza

18 Aug


The Sea bream or Dorade 


Sea bream are a variety of fish species that are very popular in restaurants, especially in Europe. Despite their popularity as seafood, these species remain very plentiful throughout much of the world and are sometimes considered sportfish. They are sought after because of their mild, white meat, considered some of the best of any white-meat fish.

These fish are part of the marine sparid fishes. The Sparidae family is also known as porgies. These fish have certain distinctive features that make them easily identifiable. First, their bodies are relatively flat. The line from the dorsal area to the front of the fish descends very rapidly giving the face a flattened appearance, especially when viewed in profile.

The sea bream’s body shape is its main distinguishing feature. Their color varies widely from species to species, mainly depending on water type and environment. In brackish waters, for example, the fish tend to be darker, with shades of blacks and grays to help them blend in with the environment. Some fish, in other areas, even have a bright red appearance, showing how diverse members of the family can be. The front teeth of many types are broad and flat, ideally suited for crushing small crabs and clams.

Sea bream are found in oceans all over the world and in all types of water temperatures, depending on the species. Some do have a definite preference for warmer waters or cooler waters. Due to their wide distribution, they are well known as a food fish in many cultures, especially those near oceans.
Perhaps the most common variety of fish in this group is the European sea bream, scientifically called the Pagellus centrodontus. This fish is mainly silver in color, but with shades of both red and yellow, depending on the individual. It is commonly found in oceans surrounding Europe and is considered to be a temperate-water fish, preferring water that is cool, but not extremely cold.

There are a number of species that are also commonly found in the western Atlantic, off the coasts of the United States and in the Caribbean. These include the western Atlantic sea bream (the Archosargus rhomboidalis), and the fish commonly known as the sheepshead. Both are prefer subtropical waters and are usually found in areas that offer plenty of cover, such as reefs and under bridge pilings.

sea bream and prawns cooked in crazy water, Orata di mare e gamberetti cotti in acqua pazza.


Ingredients 

* 175ml quality extra virgin olive oil

* 2 x 500g ( or smaller if you like ) whole sea bream, cleaned and scaled 

* Hand full of prawns 

* sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

* 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

* 1 small red chilli, finely chopped or left whole 

* 20 ripe cherry tomatoes, quartered or any tomato roughly chopped 

* 1/2 bunch of fresh parsley and watercress leaves, roughly torn

* To serve hot crusty bread or ciabatta

Meathod


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the bream, cook for 2 minutes and carefully then turn over. 

Now add the sea salt, garlic, chilli and tomatoes. 

Pour in 400ml of cold water and add the parsley, watercress and prawns Turn the heat down slightly cover with a lid or foil and cook the bream for 5 to 7 minutes 

You can see that it’s cooked by checking that the eye have turned white and the flesh is tender.

Now season with salt and pepper.
Remove the bream from the pan and place on a large serving dish and pour the juice and tomatoes from the pan over the fish. 

Serve immediately, with lots of hot crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce. 



So easy but if you need help send a mail or call me Simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com

0031 (0)642297107

Caldo verde, portugués green soup

21 Mar


Caldo verde, literally “green soup,” is a traditional Portuguese and Brazilian dish made of potatoes and kale. It gets its distinctive green coloring from the kale, and is traditionally served with Portuguese sausage such as chouriço or linguiça, though other meats may be used instead. Caldo verde is commonly served at Portuguese and Brazilian celebrations. It is often considered Portugal’s national dish, and is served all over the country, from peasant households to luxury hotels.

Caldo verde originated in Minho, a northern Portuguese province from 1936 to 1976. Today, the region is divided into the districts Viana do Castelo and Braga. Though it was only an official province during the 20th century, Minho has a long history. Once called Entre Douro e Minho because it spanned the area between the Douro and Minho rivers, the region was under Celtic and Roman occupation and retains a great deal of Celtic culture and architecture. Caldo verde is not restricted to the Minho region but is a popular dish throughout Portuguese culture.

Ingredients 

* 1 onion, finely chopped

* 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

* 1 x 225g chorizo or chouriço (sausage), cut into chunks

* 3 tbsp olive oil

* 400g potatoes, preferably floury, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks

* 1.75 litres water or preferably Vegetable stock

* 300g spring greens or kale, finely shredded

* 1 tsp salt

* 6 turns black peppermill

* Large pinch chilli flakes

Tip

Roll up the kale leaves tightly like a cigar (cut out the thick stems first) before cutting into wafer-thin strips as they do in Portugal

Method 

 Fry the onion, garlic and chorizo or chouriço in the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat until the onions and garlic are soft and translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.
Add the potatoes and the stock and let this boil until the potatoes are cooked, about 10 minutes.​

Pulverize the potatoes in the broth with a potato masher.
Add the kale, bring back to the boil and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until the kale is cooked but still a vibrant green.
Season with salt and pepper and serve in warmed bowls with chilli flakes sprinkled on top.

Serve with hot crusty bread and enjoy

For more info contact; simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com

Mackerel and my mackerel masala 

15 Mar

The mackerel


Mackerel is actually a term which is used for different species of fish that belong to the Scombridae family, including Cero, Atlantic, King and Spanish mackerel. This deep water fish is also known as lacento or maccarello. Mackerel can be found in Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Ocean. Although, they are deep water fish but some of them like Spanish mackerel can be found in near the bays as well. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment. This oily fish can be found in different varieties such as Atlantic mackerel (Boston mackerel), Spanish mackerel, King mackerel (kingfish or cavalla), Cero mackerel (cerro or painted mackerel), Pacific mackerel (American, blue or chub mackerel), Pacific Jack mackerel (horse mackerel) and Wahoo (ono).

Mackerel is a slim fish with a cylindrical shape and it has a strong flavor. The slim torpedo-shaped fish is found in deep temperate and tropical waters. These fish are iridescent blue-green above with a silvery underbelly and twenty to thirty near vertical wavy black stripes running across their upper body. It has two widely separated dorsal fins and numerous finlets (small fins) on a dorsal and lateral side of the body. Tail is shaped like fork. The mackerel is known for their oil meat and slim shape. Many of the mackerel’s healthy benefits are derived from its oily meat which contains lots of omega-3 fats.

Mackerel is known as a very healthy fish and regular consumption is very good for overall health. It is famous for the heart health benefits it provides and also, known for making the blood clean and fresh. One should buy mackerel that is firm and bright, gills should be clean and the skin moist with shiny scales. Ideally, this fish should be eaten within couple of days because its skin disintegrates quickly. Mackerel is an important food fish that is consumed worldwide. As an oily fish, it is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. 
Ingredients

* 4 mackerel (ask your fishmonger to gut and wash them), heads removed.

* drizzle of rapeseed oil, vegetable oil or sunflower oil

* rice to serve (optional)

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For the masala paste

* 1 tsp cumin seeds

* ½ tsp coriander seeds

* ½ tsp fennel seeds

* 2 tsp garam masala

* 1 roasted red pepper, from a jar

* 2 garlic cloves

* thumb-sized piece of ginger peeled and roughly chopped

* 1 small onionhalved

* 1 tbsp tomato purée

* 2 tbsp desiccated coconut

For the green yogurt

* 250g pot natural yogurt

* small bunch coriander, plus a few leaves to serve

* 2 limes 1 zested, ½ juiced, 1 cut into wedges to serve

* 1 tsp sugar

* 2 spring onions

For the pickled onions

* 1 red onion, thinly sliced

* ½ lime juice

* ½ tsp sugar

Method

* First make the masala paste. Tip the seeds into a dry frying pan, toast for 1-2 mins until aromatic, then tip into the small bowl of a food processor. Add the remaining paste ingredients, season with salt and whizz until everything is finely chopped and well combined. Add a splash of water and combine well.

* Slash each mackerel a few times on each side. Rub the paste all over each fish, making sure you get into the slashes. Cover with cling film and chill for 1 hr, or overnight if you like.

* For the yogurt, combine the ingredients in the small bowl of your food processor, season well and chill until ready to serve. Put the ingredients for the pickled onions in a bowl. Massage the lime juice and sugar into the onion rings for 1-2 mins, then cover and set aside at room temperature to pickle for 30 mins, or overnight if you prefer.

* If serving with rice, make sure you have this on the go. Heat the grill to high. Put the mackerel on a baking tray lined with foil. Drizzle with a little oil and grill for 5-6 mins each side, or until the flesh is cooked through – it should easily slide away from the bones when pushed with a knife.

* To serve, arrange the fish on a platter. If the yogurt has thickened, loosen it with a drizzle of water – it should be like single cream. Drizzle it over the fish, then top with pickled onions, coriander leaves and lime wedges. Serve the rice on the side or however you want with extra green yogurt sauce


For more info contact me at simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com

Mullet with Sliced Potatoes and Black Olives

7 Mar

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Mullet Facts
Mullet belongs to the group of ray-finned fish. There are 80 species of mullets that can be found in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters around the world. Most species of mullets inhabit coastal marine waters, but they can be occasionally seen in the estuaries, bays, inlets and rivers (even though fresh water is not essential part of their life cycle). Mullet prefers waters with muddy or sandy bottoms, on a depth of up to 400 feet that offer plenty of food. Mullets are part of human diet for thousands of years. Some species of mullets are endangered due to increased demand for their meat

Recipie

Ingredients:
Serves 4
* 3 medium potatoes, peeled
* 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 2 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 thyme sprig, leaves stripped
* sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 30 Aragón or Kalamata black olives, pitted
* 10 chive stalks, chopped
* 4 x 400g red mullet, filleted
* olive oil, for frying

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
2. Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible (use a mandolin if you have one), then mix with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the chopped garlic and thyme leaves. Season, then spread the mixture over a greased baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked.
3. Meanwhile, blitz the olives and half the chives with the remaining olive oil in a food processor to make a thick purée.
4. Season the fillets. Heat some oil in a frying pan until it is medium hot – the oil should be shimmering but not smoking – and fry the mullet for 2 minutes skin-side down, then turn over and fry for another minute. You want a crispy skin.
5. Divide the potatoes between four plates, pop two fillets on top of each mound and, using a teaspoon, drizzle the plate with the olive purée. Scatter the remaining chives over everything and eat immediatlyimage

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Five spice duck with a honey and soy glaze with sesame noodles 

11 Jan

Five spice duck with a honey and soy glaze with sesame noodles   
Ingredients 

For 2 people

* 2 small duck breasts
* 4 tsp five-spice powder

* salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

* 2 tbsp clear honey

* 6 tbsp soy sauce

For the noodles

* salt

* 4 spring onions

* 1 packet oriental-style egg noodles (2 squares of dried noodles)

* sesame seeds, to taste

* toasted sesame oil, to taste

To serve

* squeeze fresh lime juice
Preparation method

* Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

* With a sharp knife, score the fat of the duck into a cross-hatch

* Sprinkle the five-spice powder onto the skin of the duck breasts and rub it into the fat well. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

* Heat a heavy-based ovenproof frying pan. Don’t add oil. Place the duck breasts skin-side down in the hot pan. Season the other side with five-spice powder and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until most of the fat has run out into the pan and the skin has a golden colour (about three minutes).

* Turn the duck breasts over and cook the other side for a minute or so.

* Place the duck breasts in the oven for 3-5 minutes to finish.

* To make the sauce, warm the honey and soy sauce together in a small pan. Bring up to boiling point and let it bubble for a minute or two to reduce. Take off the heat and allow to cool. The sauce should have a syrup-like consistency.

* Remove the cooked duck breasts from the oven and leave to rest in a warm place.

* While the duck is resting, heat a medium pan of salted water for the noodles.

* Meanwhile, cut the white and green parts of the spring onions into slices on the diagonal.

* When the water is boiling, add the egg noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes or according to packet instructions.

* Drain the noodles and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle in the sesame seeds, drizzle with a few drops of sesame oil and sprinkle with cut spring onions, reserving some for the garnish. Stir together well.

* To serve, place the noodles onto a plate. Squeeze over a bit of lime juice. Slice the duck breasts into strips and place next to the noodles. Sprinkle over the remaining spring onion and drizzle over the honey and soy sauce.
 

 

Spaghetti with fennel and anchovy

23 Dec

This is a dish I’ve loved for so long! Simple and delicious easy and self seasoning. It can be as a mid week meal or jazzed up for a dinner party.

Ingredients
375gr spagettini, cooked according to the instruction and drained, al dente please!
1 fennel bulb sliced if you can’t get don’t worry
I large sliced onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped.
6 anchovies
Enough cherry tomatoes or normal tomatoes chopped ( a hand full per person )
olive oil
A spoon of capers
A spoon of black olives
A hand full of chopped basil
A hand full of chopped parsley
A handful of breadcrumbs
Grated Parmesan or other hard cheese to serve.

Method:
1,Heat a wide shallow saute pan, add a bit of olive oil and pan fry the breadcrumbs until golden then add the parsley and set aside until u serve

2, In a pan heat olive oil add onion and fennel cook until soft.

3, Add the garlic, tomatoes, olives, capers and the anchovies to the pan, add more olive oil if necessary.cook until just hot and the the anchovies have slightly melted.

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Curry night with a Saag aloo & Rogan Josh

23 Sep

Autumn had officially arrived and the cold nights have started! So how about something spicy to warm you up.
Today I have two recipes, yes two delicious recipes!
Saag Aloo & Rogan Josh

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Saag – meaning spinach, and Aloo – meaning potato, this classic north Indian side dish can be a great way to get the goodness of spinach into people (which lets face it, isn’t always easy). Not only does it contain healthy spinach, but this mildly spiced dish is truly delicious and tastes great alongside your favourite curry.

Rogan Josh is a ‘real curry’. Hearty, rich and flavoursome, with a medium spiciness, it is one of my most favourite indian curries. The dish originated from the Kashmir region of India, and like many Indian dishes there are many different variations. Our version uses a special blend of cardamom, garam masala and coriander with other spices and of course fresh tomatoes blended into a puree, to create a deliciously tasty, rich and aromatic dish.

Ingredients
Serves 4/6

Saag aloo
A great dish for vegetarians

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• 4 large potatoes, cut into 2 cm pieces
• 1 onion, sliced
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• ½ tsp each: cumin, crushed coriander seeds, turmeric, chili powder and fenugreek

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• 2 green chilies, sliced
• 4 inch fresh ginger, grated
• 2 cloves garlic, grated
• 600g of spinach
• Juice of ½ lemon
• naan bread

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Perpetration method.

1, Cook the potato until just tender.
2,Fry the sliced onions gently in the oil, add the spices and chilli and cook for 2-3 minutes.
3, Stir in the ginger and garlic.

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  • 4, Drain the potatoes and let them steam dry for 1 minute.
    5, Add to the onion mixture and stir fry all golden brown. Add any extra oil.
    6, Mix half the spinach. Allow to shrink and add the rest. Let everything simmer for 8-10 minutes.
    7, Add the lemon juice and serve

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    Rogan josh

    Ingredients
    Serves 4/6
    • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 7 black peppercorns, left whole
    • 3 black cardamom pods, left whole
    • 5 green cardamom pods, left whole
    • 4 cloves, left whole
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 piece of mace
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 750g neck of lamb or mutton, bone intact, cut into pieces
    • 6 garlic cloves, peeled, left whole
    • 2cm/¾in piece ginger, peeled and cut in half
    • 2 tsp ground coriander
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • ½ tsp red chilli powder
    • 2 tsp ground fennel seeds
    • 1½ tsp garam masala
    • salt, to taste
    • 2 tomatoes, blended to a pulp in a food processor
    • 3 tbsp plain yoghurt, stirred
    • handful chopped fresh coriander, leaves and stalks

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    Preparation method
    1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the black peppercorns, black and green cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon and mace and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the spices are sizzling and fragrant.
    2. Add the chopped onion and fry for 8-10 minutes, stirring regularly, until golden-brown.
    3. Add the lamb pieces and fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring continually, until golden-brown all over.
    4. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend the garlic cloves and ginger with one tablespoon of water to a fine paste.
    5. Add the garlic and ginger paste to the lamb mixture, stir well to combine, then reduce the heat and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly.
    6. Stir in the powdered coriander, cumin, red chilli powder, fennel seeds, garam masala, salt, tomato pulp and yoghurt, cover the pan with a lid, then reduce the heat to a low heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the sauce has almost completely dried out.

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    7. Add 2-3 tablespoons of boiling water to the sauce, stir well and simmer for a further 7-8 minutes, stirring continually and adding splashes of water as necessary, until the volume of liquid has reduced and the sauce has thickened.
    8. Add enough boiling water to almost cover the lamb, bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer or 8-10 minutes, or until the lamb is cooked through.
    9. Stir in the chopped coriander just before serving.

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    10. Im serving this with basmati rice cooked in coconut milk ,Saag Aloo, naan bread and mango chutney

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    Still don’t fancy making it yourself ! I could come and cook it for you
    For more info don’t hesitate to mail or call :
    simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com 0031 (0)642297107

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