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Something Fishy

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I have a quick recipe idea for you guys today!

This was sent to me by one of the readers and I simply had to share it! It serves 2 people and looks really delicious!

I can’t wait to try it!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh or frozen hake fillet 4 medium size pieces make sure hake is well defrosted
  • Prawns, 6 to 8 prawns de-shelled and deveined
  • 10ml olive or canola oil, sunflower oil would do
  • 1 fresh lemon or 10 ml lemon juice
  • Table spoon of finely chopped garlic, or 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Black pepper and course sea salt
  • Half teaspoon of brown sugar
  • Fresh parsley
  • Half finely chopped red chilli
  • 200g string green beans or substitute with a few pieces of fresh asparagus, if you want it gourmet
  • Dried Italian herbs to your desire of taste
  • 2 table spoons of low salt soy sauce or 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce

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Cooking:

Heat up the oven grill to 200 degrees Celsius, set rack to second highest level

Season fish with black pepper and sea salt, be liberal with the black pepper but be kind to the salt, to little salt is better than too much, trust me, at the same time season the prawns lightly, you can add a pinch of paprika for colour and flavour to the prawns

Heat up 10 ml of oil in a  non stick pan, high heat, place hake pieces skin down first and sizzle skin until a golden slightly caramelized brown colour, don’t let it burn, remove from heat and change heat setting slightly lower. Each side of fish about 5 – 6 mins in the pan. Remove and place skin face up on an oven tray, rest fish while you proceed to the prawns and green beans.

In a small pot bring water to the boil and add a pinch of salt, add green beans and blanch until bright green and slightly tender, it should not be limping. Strain beans over a colander filled with ice cubes. The ice cubes stops the cooking process of the beans and maintains the cheerful bright intense green colour, and it keeps it slightly crunchy.  Set the beans aside.

In the same pan as the hake, start reheating the pan, this time not on high heat but a medium to low heat, add at least 10 ml of oil, tablespoon of garlic and chopped red chilli and sweat it. Add the prawns and briefly cook until just turned pink, add the 10 ml lemon juice, or half a squeezed lemon over the prawns and half a teaspoon of brown sugar, this helps neutralize the intense acidity of the lemon juice and the 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, at this point. Slowly simmer until sauce becomes reduced slightly, at this point add your blanched beans, and let it soak up the reduction with the prawns. At the same time pop the rested hake into the oven and grill the skin until it just starts bubbling and becomes slightly crispy.

Ready to plate your meal, beans at the bottom, grilled hake on top, and a few prawns, drizzle left over reduction, and garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and ready to eat.

You can always change the recipe to your needs and likes, you can add extra garlic or soy sauce, you can use Cajun pepper instead of black pepper, and you can even add a little water to you reduction if it’s too sticky or reduced to much, this will help thin the reduction!

There you go! Try it and let me know how it works out! Give some feedback on our Facebook page!

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Festive Season and FEASTING! Or over-eating?

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Now that Christmas is over and our bellies have had time to relax and deflate…it’s time to look on to the impending future and NEW YEARS!

This entire period of festivities is a time of laughing, fun, time with family and lots of EATING!

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Now…this time of the year doesn’t have to be the time for you to over eat or gain weight or be unhealthy! Although, I must admit I do sometimes just want to pig out BUT I have to remind myself that I have don’t have to hoover everything in sight! I can still be eat and live healthily this festive season.

Instead…have FUN with FOOD

Yes, let’s get to the GOOD stuff! There will no doubt be many parties, endless braai’s (i.e BBQ’s) and copious amounts of alcohol! Going to a BBQ doesn’t have to be stressful in terms of what you can eat! Here are some healthy and fun things to eat and put on the coals/fire:

  • Steak
  • Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Fish

My personal favourite though has to be the SKEWER! Chicken breast, vegetables (green, red, yellow peppers), red onion, mushrooms…actually WHATEVER you like! I included some dried peach just for fun! It’s really filling and just CHEWY GOODNESS!  tossed-green-salad1

Add a LOVELY green salad and you are good to go!

Vegging OUT!

Now, I realise that not everyone eats meat…so, I suggest when going to the BBQ, take along your tofu IMG_1588burgers, and remove the chicken breast from the skewer! I made one without meat as you can see in this image to the left…

Don’t be SKEERRRRDDD!

DON’T be afraid to go to a BBQ – EVER! You can have just as much fun as the others and still be healthy!

If you guys out there have any other cool healthy foods and recipes for BBQ snacks…please comment and let me know!

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