summer… sun.. anything… where are you

25 Jan

Ok, I am going to be honest. I had this wonderful idea ( I thought so!) that if I had to have my own blog.. basically not very interesting.. I will keep taking photos, as well as share my recipes. Not that anyone has been to the posts to read them ;-p  So after an extremely depressing day.. coming home in darkness.. listening to million gazillion phones ringing and driving me mad, I decided that tonight was the night. So here goes.. and since this is my first recipe.. I dedicate it to my friend Tanya Nel.. she is almost like my little sister. She recently moved to London.. and I have to admit, she is probably the only person that does not think I am completely crazy.. also someone that will always eat my food. She has an appetite for food, and more so… life. So her boyfriend is arriving in London on Saturday and she has been confiding in me that she started practicing her cooking since she will be cooking their dinners 🙂 So.. sitting here with quite a smirk on my face just thinking about our last conversation… here goes.. Tanya my little friend.. sister from another mother, this one is for you.. maybe you’ll cook it sometime ;-p

Pan fried seabass fillets with green beans, mushrooms and spinach & feta penne

Ingredients:

2 seabass fillets

2 cups of penne

handful of button mushrooms, chopped

Salt &  Pepper for seasoning

2 teaspoons of olive oil/chilli oil

1 teaspoon of butter

2 teaspoons of crushed garlic / 2 cloves of garlic ( minced)

1 1/2 Cup of Green beans

Balsamic glaze

2 teaspoons of chives ( fresh – chopped) or dry

2 cups of baby spinach

2 x handfull of feta cheese

Juice of half a lemon

Method:

Heat two teaspoons oil with 1 teaspoon of garlic and 1 teaspoon of chives in your frying pan. Add the green beans. Fry until the mushrooms turn golden. Remove from the pan. Heat water in the saucepan for the penne. Remember to season the water with salt. While the water gets to boiling point, season your seabass with salt and black pepper. Now place the pasta in your boiling water. follow the instructions on the pasta packet. While the pasta is busy cooking, heat the butter in the pan with the remaining teaspoon of garlic and teaspoon of chives. The pan should be quite hot. Place the seabass fillets skin down. Fry for 5 minutes. Turn your seabass over and squirt your lemon juice over the fillets. Now add the green beans and mushrooms that you cooked earlier. Drizzle with the balzamic glaze. Not too much, this is just for a touch of sweetness.  Your pasta should be ready or nearly ready by now. Drain your pasta, but allow a little bit of pasta water in the saucepan with your pasta. Add the baby spinach. The steam and remaining pasta water will wilt the spinach. Add your feta and put back on the hob ( only slightly heated) and mix the spinach and feta with the pasta. This will make a slightly creamy sauce.Lastly drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper, dish up and enjoy!

This really is tasty, looks great and healthy too! My hubby loved it! He always phones me around 5pm to find out what’s for dinner. So, I have to try and think of something new, but healthy to cook for my man each evening. I want to spoil him… I certainly get spoiled often with beautiful flowers… so why not give him delicious, healthy food :0)  Till next time.. hope this discipline lasts!  Nadia xxxx

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8 Responses to “summer… sun.. anything… where are you”

  1. Lorraine Dantu January 26, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Hi Nadia… Jou resep lyk VREESLIK lekker… gaan dit definitief probeer… keep them coming… Met jou hulp kry Richard dalk iets meer as frozen meals as dit my beurt is om te kook…

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  2. Wilma Wezuidenhout January 26, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Congratulations met jou blog!!Dit lyk stunning gaan dit beslis probeer.Wag vir die volgende dis!

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  3. vannermerf January 26, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    :o) ( blush) !! Dankie vir my comments 🙂 Ek het sommer borsie wat nou uitstoot van trots 🙂 xxxxx

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    • Cecilia Theron January 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      OK Nadia, die moeder van alle kokke (grappie) gaan dit vanaand probeer – as dit flop (wat baie moontlik is met my track-record) ……….. probeer ek maar weer!!

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  4. Wilma Bezuidenhout January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Baie trots op jou!! xx

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  5. Annelize Bekker January 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Baie geluk ou Nads dit is great!!! Ek sal al jou resepte probeer!

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  6. Cecilia Theron January 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi skat, ek kon nie seabass kry nie en hulle beveel toe aan ek gebruik kingklip. Was toe ‘n foutjie EN ek het te veel sout by die penne gegooi EN te veel fetta-kaas. Oom Piet was gelukkig honger en het sy bord skoon geëet!
    Gaan dit weer probeer. Jy moet dalk sê wat ons hier in SA kan gebruik as iets nie hier beskikbaar is nie.
    Jou ma was weer gisteraand ‘n uithalerkok – alles het pragtig gelyk en heerlik gesmaak (met kopseer en al)!!

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    • vannermerf January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      Oi oi!! Dit kan enige vis wees wat nog aan die een kant sy “velletjie” aanhet, dis amper soos wat mens sal “rivertrout” eet. Geelstert sal ook werk, solank hy sy ou blink “velletjie” het. Ek moet miskien volgende keer beter verduidelik? eek! Sal beter gaan met die volgende resepte dink ek 🙂 Vis is maar partymaal nie altyd so maklik nie. Het so bietjie vergeet al die kos wat hier is is nie daar nie 🙂 Daai Lormie wat my geleer kos maak het. Ten minste is oom piet ‘n goeie man en bly stil en eet sy kos. ;-p Ek moet dit nog vir my mannetjie leer.. maar sy mond is te groot en hy hou te veel van praat! xxxxx

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