The last couple of days , we’ve seen some really blustery weather…the gale force winds constantly howled and raged and whistled throughout the nights…carrying on during the day as well, with equal gusto. Outside , it does look bright and sunny, but no sooner you step outside , that it feels as if, any moment, you are going to be swept off your feet.The trees definitely need a rest after all that swaying to and fro
Now, yesterday was the day that your’s truly was born ****** years ago ( keep guessing D). Being a week day, it was accompanied by the usual hustle and bustle and there was also the parents evening to attend to. Their teachers did have compliments in store for them, which I thought was the best present any parent can have; and the little mites were really proud and beaming!
But, yesterday, Dinesh and I also did something that we haven’t done, since….when? I can’t really remember. We sneaked off for a nice lunch….on our own. Actually, we urgently needed a few things and after the shopping, D suggested that we have lunch. And boy, did it feel different…I caught myself many a time looking at the empty chairs beside me…somehow it felt strange that there wasn’t anyone to attend to. Well, nowadays, the kids do behave themselves whenever we go out to eat ( well, eeerm, most of the time ), and don’t need to be tended to, much. But, it was just that we were, so not used to eating out on our own… you know, just the two of us…we’ve always tagged the li’l ones along. But, I must admit that it was a nice change. Of course, the kids got their favourites in the evening, so everyone was happy.
Talking about food, this recipe has been in my draft for a long time now. Strange that I haven’t posted it yet, for we truly enjoyed it. I must have professed our love for fish, especially salmon, (‘the pink fish’, as the kids refer to it ) innumerable times. The following recipe is for a very simple, spicy salmon bake. It is very easy to prepare and does quite well on the taste front.
This is how I went about it…
500 gms of salmon fillets, cut into bite sized pieces
for the marinade-
3 tblsp of olive oil
1 tblsp roasted and roughly ground cumin
5 tblsp lemon juice
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tblsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp sugar(preferably brown)
a pinch of turmeric powder
a large pinch of ground cinnamon
a pinch(more or less) of crushed red chillies
1 and 1/2 tbsp of paprika
1 tsp parsely(dried or freshly chopped)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl.
- Add the fish and rub the pieces with the marinade so that they are evenly coated.
- Cover and leave to marinate for half an hour.
- Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C.
- Line a baking dish with foil, leaving enough on the sides to cover the fish and seal completely.
- Arrange the pieces of fish on the lined baking dish in a single layer and top with the extra marinade.
- Pull over the extra foil to cover the fish and seal it, to make a parcel.
- Place the dish in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or till the fish flakes easily, and is nicely cooked.
- Serve hot.
On unwrapping the parcel, prepare your senses of smell to be hit by some amazing flavours
We had ours as a side dish with plain rice and some fresh salad. A last look…