When Angela and I visited the local supermarket we noticed that salmon side fillets were half price. Normally we don’t eat fish in the week, because my 17 year old daughter, Anna, is a fussy eater and doesn’t like fish. But as we had some of Angela’s Winter Warmer left over from the night before for Anna, we decided to take advantage of the salmon offer.
We already had some red pepper, spinach, tarragon and coriander in the fridge. I like spicy white sauces with Salmon, so I decided to improvise and the dish I came up with was Ian’s Crispy Skin Salmon with Spicy Red Pepper and Spinach.
Angela loves to poach salmon gently, so I thought a fried crispy skin would make a nice change, with the creamy sauce making a good contrast. To accompany, we had a glass of Menetou-Salon Morogues, Domaine Pellé 2013, an understated, elegant Sauvignon Blanc, less aromatic than its Loire neighbours, but a perfect match for the salmon.
We chose to have it with some new potatoes – simply halved and thrown in the steamer for 22 minutes – sprinkled with plenty of seasoning and a few slices of butter on top to run over the spuds as they are steaming.
We found the meal simply delicious!
To see the full recipe click here.
It was cold outside and I just wanted a bowl of something comforting and warm, so I looked in the fridge to see what I could come up with. A good rummage produced onions, mincemeat some vegetables, red chillies and herbs.
I fried the onions, added the mince to brown, then added my spice mix, some red wine and beef stock. After adding the vegetables and simmering for a while I tasted the dish and found it ‘OK’.
But I really needed some comfort on this cold night and ‘OK’ just didn’t seem to fit the bill. So I turned to Ian for inspiration, and just as I did so the ‘phone rang, and never needing a second invitation to interfere, he started fiddling with the dish while I chatted to my daughter.
When I eventually got off the phone, Ian appeared with an outstretched tasting spoon, and, I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. The dish now had more body and the taste had been given a real lift. Ian had added extra beef flavouring (‘stock pot’), some redcurrant jelly, red wine vinegar, additional seasoning, additional Worcester sauce and the real star – literally in this case – a large whole star anise, which gave the dish a lovely overtone, complimenting the beef perfectly.
We thoroughly enjoyed the spicy warmth with the perfect accompaniment – a generous glass of Argentinian Malbec.
You can see the detailed recipe here.