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Super food for my superman!

10 Oct

We all know superman has a weakness… kryptonite! Well MY superman’s weakness is flu. Over here, it is almost impossible to avoid it! When he gets it, I get it! I really want him to stay my superman and be my hero ;-p

So he mentioned to me today that he is not feeling well and he is definitely getting the flu. Hearing the feared words.. it kicked me into overdrive!! Most of the time, he loses his appetite, so I have to think of something that is tasty, really healthy and light, because I have found that this, and of course, chicken soup, makes him feel much better!! And of course the extra pampering & love and care he is receiving ;-p  So, I sat thinking about vitamin C, good fats, protein and crunchy and fresh greens!!Don’t forget some lovely, fluffy RED rooster potatoes!!

Yup, they’ll get you back on track just like a rooster wakes you up in the morning! ;-p  Ahhh, salmon my old friend!! Salmon has taken a bit of a back seat for a while, because I think I overdid it a while with my pink friend… but, if there ever was a comeback… it’s now!! Maybe it is also because salmon is easy to make, a lovely, oily and healthy fish and it feels like comfort food…. yes, comfort food to me!!! So for everyone out there feeling weak, under the weather and in need of a little comfort food… let us all hope your loved one cooks this for you too!!


300 g fresh salmon

2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

Salt & pepper according to your taste

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

2 small radishes, finely sliced

1 teaspoon of wholegrain mustard

50ml of milk / soya milk

4 twigs of chives, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of grated parmesan

2 handfuls of watercress & rocket salad mixture


Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Season your salmon with salt & pepper and the lemon juice. Place in the oven. Boil some water and put some salt in it.  Now add your potatoes and boil them until soft, but still firm.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan and add your mustard. Mix through gently and add your chives. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes and add your parmesan. Flavour with black pepper. Now, dish up!!


Place your radish on a plate, with your salmon ( I broke mine roughly into piecies) on top of that.

Place the potato around the salmon and sprinkle over the watercress & rocket. Drizzle over the sauce and enjoy!!!



Salmon – the other pink meat….swimming in mushrooms

2 Aug

Well, you know what they say – A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office! I wish I was out fishing instead of sitting at the office today or any day! I am sure there are a lot of folks that would agree with me on this one. As usual, the hubby asked me during the day what was for supper and “are we having something healthy again tonight?” What does that mean? Most nights we have healthy food. I suppose after last night’s curry, he feels we are on the health binge, a very tasty health binge may I add!

Tonight we are going on “operation fridge clean out binge”. Similar to many of you, I buy fresh vegetables and they seem to go off so easily! I bought a whole punnet of mushrooms for £1.50, 750g, not bad hey? Well, using most of them for tonight’s supper might be ;-p

That’s no problem, because I believe you can do a lot with mushrooms!! I also happen to know someone that will never insult mushrooms, as it is one of his favorite friends. I am sure all of you know by now how much the hubby appreciates the humble mushroom! Oh ye of little faith!

He could probably live off mushrooms if he had to! Not that I can say the same about salmon. He’s had enough of eating “pink” for some time I think. I did however give him an option that sounded quite “fishy” to him 😉  Tuna or Salmon? Don’t think there is a lot of thinking required to make that decision. Sorry guys, but we are moving into the whole “eat fish twice a week to be healthy” zone! ;-p Who reads these things anyway? I suppose I just did. Not that I believe it. This salmon we are eating was so cheap I won’t be surprised if it was farmed in the same tank as a goldfish! Enough of my gobble – lets get down to my recipe so that you can look forward to gobbling it up!

2 salmon fillets

2 handfuls of mushrooms roughly chopped

2 teaspoons of crushed garlic

Olive oil for frying

1/2  glass of dry white wine

1 teaspoon of chives fresh/dry

½ leek, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of olive oil for the salmon

½ cup of cream / soya cream

Salt & pepper for seasoning

4 cups of baby spinach

2 pinches of nutmeg

2 teaspoons of lemon for your sauce

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Place your salmon on a baking tray and flavor with salt, pepper and drizzle the lemon juice and olive oil over the salmon. Now place in the oven for 15- 20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked on the outside and slightly pink on the inside.

While the salmon is in the oven, heat a frying pan and drizzle with some olive oil. Add the garlic and leeks. Fry for about 8 minutes. Now add your mushrooms and fry them until they become brown. Flavour with salt and pepper. Now, add your remaining two teaspoons of lemon juice.Ensure your pan is nice and hot and then add your white wine.

Mix through. Now add your chives and cream and mix through. Allow to simmer for 8 minutes. While this is simmering, place your spinach in a pan and season with salt and pepper and your nutmeg. Steam your spinach until it has wilted.

Remove your salmon from the oven. Place your mushrooms in the bottom of the plate with plenty of sauce.

Place your spinach on top of that and top it off with your salmon. Sprinkle some chives over your salmon and enjoy with baby potatoes, rice or some mashed potatoes. A healthy treat!

1st Date Pasta

3 Jun

yes, this sounds very funny, I know, but then again, I cant think of a time that I didn’t have a ridicilous title for my posts.I read about a girl today that has dyslexia and everyday she opens the dictionary and chooses a word. So I thought about my word for the past WEEK -Frustration: Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger and disappointment, it arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater the will, the more the frustration is likely to be.

Yes, this is me ( typing it all with one hand, which might even increase the frustration),feeling uesless. So you can imagine what it must be like for that man of mine. My mother always said to me, even if you start feeling sorry for yourself, think about everything that is wonderful. I have a lot of these happy-filled bubbles 🙂

So, as I was sitting outside on my deckchair (desperate housewife-style), I looked around at my beautiful flowers, listened to the birds singing, and just the normal sounds that I have become familiar with ( Siren of a ambulance every 5 minutes ;-p)I fell instantly blessed -smelling a scent of a flower that I remember from my first date with my hubby…… the mischievous face of the fierce lion cub entering my mind, which still makes me smile. 🙂

It was a hot day, filled with the scent of flowers and our date was in Stellenbosch, in the courtyard of a beautiful restaurant. I remember when I walked in as he was waiting for me, looking up, thinking what a beautiful man, and what a terrible mistake. There and then I knew I was in love already and he was flying back to another country and my heart will be broken forever,dramaqueen!! The other part of the story was that I already looked at the menu earlier that day and decided I was having the Salmon pasta with cream, feta and roasted tomatoes. Coincidently, the hubby put the same order in for himself, so this is how the scent of a flower brought me to the memory of our first date, more so, a very similar dish that I made and never blogged about. So clearly, you know by now that this recipe is dedicated to my lovely, ever so handsome, mischievous hubby, because I still love him more that words can dare to describe,every day.

1st Date Pasta

2 salmon steaks

2 handfulls of cherry tomatoes

juice of 1 lemon

4 pieces of bacon cut into medium sized pieces

1/2 leek chopped

1 cup frozen peas

1 block of feta cheese

handfull of fresh thyme

1 teaspoon garlic

250ml cream / soya cream


2 cups of rigatoni/penne pasta

handful of freshly grated parmesan

Place your salmon and cherry tomatoes on a baking tray. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and grind over some black pepper and salt. Put in preheated oven of 200 degrees celcius. Cook the salmon for 15 minutes and roast the tomatoes for 20 minutes. While this is cooking, heat a pan on the stove and add your garlic to the pan and pour in some olive oil. Fry your leek until soft, but stil firm and add your bacon.Fry until the bacon is almost cooked and add your lemon juice,thyme and peas.

Start boiling water for your pasta and remember to put salt in the water. When your salmon is done, rougly break it into pieces and add to your bacon mixture. Now add your cream and feta roughly broken into pieces and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and black pepper. Lastly, add your cherry tomatoes and mix it through gently. When your pasta is done, toss it with your salmon sauce and sprinkle with parmesan, plenty of love and enjoy!