Many a time , I have referred to the fact about us being great lovers of fish. My freezer is rarely devoid of any…we have it at least 5-6 times a week! Now that should be a sizable amount of fish in our daily diet. A plate of rice served with a simple soupy fish curry is basically our kind of comfort food.
When we came over to the UK, the variety of fish that we were used to underwent a radical change, but we still nurtured our love for fish through the ones that were freshly available…and that’s when mackeral, salmon, trout, sea bass etc. made their foray into our lives.
Out of all the varieties that were on offer, it was salmon that truly captured our hearts. The pink coloured ,fleshy fish with it’s own sophisticated flavour was truly loved by all four of us…in fact, the kids usually ask, a bit hopefully, if they were going to be served salmon for their meal and are overjoyed whenever that is so. I really love the texture of salmon, which oozes its own subtleness and does not need to be over dressed.
On the health benefits side, salmon is considered to be reasonably healthy due to its high protein and low fat levels and to its high Omega 3 fatty acids content.(wiki)
With so much going for it both in the health and taste department, there is no wonder that salmon occupies this special place in our diet. What is about to follow is a recipe of penne pasta with poached salmon and broccoli…a very simple yet filling dish, which preserves the flavours of the fish and was very easy to assemble as well. So here goes…
250 gms of penne pasta, cooked according to packet instructions
3-4 salmon fillets, poached in salty water till done
3-4 tblsp of olive oil
2-3 pods of garlic,finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1-2 c of small broccoli florets
1-2 tblsp of dried oregano
2 C of milk
2 tblsp of cream
salt and pepper to taste
100 gms of cheddar cheese, finely grated
Remove the salmon from the water, roughly crumble and keep aside.
Heat the oil in a pan. add the onion, garlic and broccoli and stir fry over medium flame for 5-6 minutes or till the broccoli is a bit tender and the onions are translucent.
Add the milk, cream and oregano and cook for a few seconds.
As the creamy milk begins to show signs of thickening, add the fish, season with salt and pepper and cook for a few more seconds.
Add the pasta and toss well for approximately 30 seconds.
Remove from heat and transfer to individual bowls/plates.
Sprinkle some of the grated cheese over each and serve immediately.
We really loved this subtle dish, and every mouthful was a pleasure. And ,since we really enjoyed this dish, I’m sending it over to Ruth as an entry for presto pasta nights.