Fish and Potatoes
Slice new potatoes into roughly 1/2cm slices (don't bother peeling) and put them onto a tray or foil with the sides turned up. Add freshly cracked black pepper, fresh slices of garlic, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, sea salt and olive oil. Put in a 180c oven for 20 mins. For the last 5-7 of these mins, put a thin filet of some white fish (I used halibut) and some capers directly on top of the potatoes. No need to season the fish directly, it will pick up the flavours. Be brave - don't overcook the fish.
Chop some shallots or onions and garlic - as much as you like and melt them in a pan with olive oil and black pepper. Add some non-shit minced beef and cook it down a bit. Add a bit of stock powder and a few sqeezes of tomato puree (stop before you think the colour is right) and water. Add fresh and dried oregano, a bay leaf and some fresh thyme. If you have an ungrateable end of parmesan in the fridge, chuck it in. Cook for about 20 mins. Now, the tricky bit. Leave it alone, let it go cool and keep it in the fridge overnight. Reheat the next day, putting some fresh basil leaves in no more than five mins from the end and taste in case it needs salt.
Cook pasta. Melt butter with crushed black pepper and two or three chopped fresh sage leaves. Toss the pasta in the mix and grate some parmesan on top.
Turn off or block your smoke detector. Put some dried oregano, cayenne, cumin, coriander (dried), salt and pepper onto a plate and mix it around. Coat the salmon. Heat a pretty flavourless high temperature oil in the pan and put the salmon in. Turn after probably 3 mins (depends on size). Be brave and err on the side of undercooking. Works well with a side of couscous.
Too lazy for risotto
Melt some chopped shallots and garlic in butter. Add some risotto rice and make sure it is well coated. Add some white wine or lemon juice if you have any, or just chicken stock if you don't. Unlike risotto, add all the stock at once. Add some fresh thyme. About 5 mins before the end, get some kind of nice cheese (parmesan or a soft blue cheese are both good) and stir it in. The end result isn't that lovely texture of risotto but it is tasty savoury rice and good with grilled chicken or fish.
|< 2007.06.28: The year is nearly half over ...? | BBC White season: 'Rivers of Blood' >|