Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Spicy Salmon Pilaf

This has become a bit of a favourite in our house recently - its very delicious but also feels extremely healthy.  Of course it also has the added bonus of being easy to make ;)

Serves 2

2 salmon fillets
100ml natural yoghurt
1tsp curry paste
Half a green chilli
1 small onion, peeled & chopped
2/3 cardamom pods
2 tsp mustard seeds
200g brown rice
400ml hot vegetable stock
2 cupfuls of frozen peas
2 "blocks" of frozen spinach (or a few handfuls of fresh)

Mix the yoghurt, curry paste and chilli together and pour over the salmon in a shallow dish - set aside and allow to marinate.  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Heat some oil in a pan and add the onion, cardamom seeds and mustard seeds.  Cook gently for 5 mins until the onion softens.  Turn up the heat and add the rice, stirring for a few mins.  Pour in the stock, the peas and the frozen spinach (if you are using fresh spinach, add it at the very end) and bring to the boil.  Cover and simmer for around 25 mins, keeping a close eye so it doesn't dry out - in which case, add a little more boiled water.

While the rice is cooking, put the salmon as it is into the oven and cook for around 20 mins.  

Serve the rice with the salmon on top or on the side, sprinkled with some fresh coriander if you have it.

Monday, 8 July 2013

I'm back!

Not in a weird Arnold Schwarzenegger way but boy, it's been a while!  Almost 4 weeks since I posted here, & that's the longest I've been away from the blog since I started it.  

In my defence, the past two months has been crazy, filled with sports days, end of term assemblies, new teacher meetings, end of term socials, and school trips not to mention picnics, paddling pools and trips to London outside of school hours!  This is the first time I've experienced the End of Term Madness and it took me by surprise...hopefully next year I can plan ahead a little better.  

So to the new Likers that have recently joined us over here at TCM HQ: a great big WELCOME!  I'm hopeful that a relaxing summer at home will mean more time to blog - and I've got so many fun posts to share with you so watch this space!

In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful sunshine and don't forget your suncream ;)

Early morning walk at the Devil's Punchbowl