Random experimentation!

So the other day I had friends over for dinner. I had a simple but pretty darn amazing menu:

Main: Seeded Fish

I bought the fish fileted and used cod to bring out the fresh flavours
I cut it into chunky pieces so as to coat more surface than not
In a big tray, I spread some ginger-garlic paste, seeds (chia or flax and sesame) and almond flour
In a big bowl, I whipped an egg

Dip the fish in the egg, roll all sides in the spread out paste and cook on all sides till golden brown on a hot pan.

Sauce: Salsa verde a la Joy

In a bowl, mix coriander, avocado, scallions, pepper, green chilli and lemon- ideally, make it a few hours earlier.
Dish it on top of the cooked fish on the plate

Side 1: Herbed Potatoes

In a baking tray, spread some butter
Spread the herbs you want to use on top of it
Spread any other seasoning you may want
Roughly chop potatoes to the right size, rough chop shallots
Mix everything together and squeeze a little lemon on it all
Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 180C
Remove foil, add some more butter and cook for a further 7 mins
Dish on the side of the plate and eat

Side 2: Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

In a different baking dish, mix balsamic vinegar, basil and a very minimal amount of garlic paste
Remove tomatoes from the stem and roll them in the baking tray
Bash them into the oven for less than 5 minutes so they retain their shape but are nice and hot to eat
Serve on the plate with the cod and potatoes

Side 3: Sauteed Greens

One of my favourites- asparagus, mangetout, beans, yellow peppers, spinach

In a frying pans, heat butter and add some garlic
Once garlic starts to brown, throw in all the washed veg but not the spinach
Sprinkle some pepper, add some lime and lemon
Cook till it is not soft but it is still edible
With water still not dry, add the spinach for a brief moment to avoid it wilting but to let it get hot
Mix all together and dish it on to the plate

There you go- totes simple. Enjoy!

Dessert- Strawberry/ Coconut/ Chocolate Surprise

2x walnuts, 1x soaked dates
Blend till smooth, press on the bottom of the bowl and freeze

Strawberry layer:
Marinate the strawberries in balsamic vinegar and honey- make enough to make 2 layers
Use half to layer the base in any pattern

3x soaked cashews, .5x coconut oil, .5x agave
Blend until smooth
Whip till its got a good soft consistency
Throw in some chocolate chips or add some chocolate in the mixture or both
Layer on top of the strawberries

.5x cocoa, .5 coconut oil, .3x agave
Mix all together till silky, lump free and glossy
Layer on top of the cake
Cover it with the rest of the strawberries

Freeze the whole cake for 2 hours at least- thaw before serving and though there are very good ingredients, remember nuts are full of (good but still) fat so eat small portions!



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