A fun meal…

by Sunita on April 18, 2008

The following recipes are for a really fun meal that the kids and I had. It was the day the hubby had left for India a couple of weeks ago (yes, he’s long been back). It was getting late in the evening and I hadn’t ventured into the kitchen yet; but when there are two small, hungry mouths to be fed, brooding will definitely not do. So I put together this quick meal which consisted of baked carrot sticks and potato wedges, salmon bites and a fresh salad.

What’s needed-

For the carrot and potato wedges-

6-7 medium sized potatoes, cut into wedges
1 carrot, cut into sticks (approximately 2 and 1/2 inches)
a handful of cashewnuts (optional)
1 tblsp roasted and ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 and 1/2 tblsp each of dried rosemary and sage
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil to drizzle

for the salmon-

2 salmon fillets, cut into bite sized pieces
tomato ketchup, enough to mix in with the fish
freshly ground pepper

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C.
  2. Boil the carrots and potatoes tilll done 3/4 of the way.
  3. Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a roasting tray in a single layer with enough olive oil drizzled over them.
  4. Place the tray on the top rack of the pre heated ven and bake for 20-25 minutes or till nicely browned and cooked completely.
  5. Remove the potatoes and carrots and in the same tray add the salmon mixed with the ketchup and seasoned with freshly ground pepper (there’s going to be enough salt from the ketchup)
  6. Twirl the pan around to coat the fish with the remaining herbs and oil in the pan.
  7. Return the tray to the top rack of the oven and bake for a further 10 – 12 minutes or till cooked.

That’s it! I dressed them up to make it more presentable and threw in a fresh salad. To add to the fun, I gave them toothpicks to pick up the food, arranging some of them like mini kebabs …needless to say, both Rengoni and Agastya were overjoyed.

It was indeed a fun meal and all three of us enjoyed it. We needed something to perk us up and this meal definitely did that. It was a pleasure to see the li’l ones faces light up and remain so throughout the meal, and yes, demanding for more of the same in the next few days :-) It was a nice feeling to see them relish it… and of course, I did as well :-)

Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel April 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm

lovely presentation..and a very hearty meal of short eats!

very visually appealing as well!

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2 Dhivya April 18, 2008 at 6:34 pm

love the combo!wonderful pictures as usual:))

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3 Happy cook April 18, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Wow why was i not there, it looks so delicious , i just wanted to pick them and pop in my mouth. yumm

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4 Namratha April 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Perfecto!!! :)

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5 Divya Vikram April 18, 2008 at 10:52 pm

lovely pics sunita..love this recipe..

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6 Madhavi April 19, 2008 at 3:59 am

WOW sunita, lovely the presentation. Nice entry!!!

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7 Cynthia April 19, 2008 at 4:06 am

It is exciting to have a mom who is a gourmet chef :)

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8 Nags April 19, 2008 at 4:53 am

lucky kids of urs. very refreshing pics :)

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9 Cham April 19, 2008 at 5:11 am

Love ur salmon bites, they are really a tempting one :)

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10 Uma April 19, 2008 at 5:57 am

wow, this is so good. lovely presentation.

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11 zlamushka April 19, 2008 at 10:49 am

What a great twist to a simple dish. Looks like someone wants to partayeee ;-)

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12 Arundathi April 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm

What a great idea – My daughter would love this – especially the tooth picks! :) Thanks for sharing!

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13 Kevin April 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm

That meal looks really good. Nice photos!

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14 farida April 20, 2008 at 12:47 am

What a wonderful idea! I always search for kid-friendly recipes, especially when you kid doesn’t want to eat everything.

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15 ranji April 20, 2008 at 3:22 am

delicious meal…great combo and fabulous photos as usual:)

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16 Srivalli April 20, 2008 at 3:36 am

sunita..this is early morning and your pictures are killing!…what a fun meal indeed..

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17 Saswati April 20, 2008 at 8:12 am

wow nice idea Sunita….baked salmon is our favourite…beautiful pics:)

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18 sunita April 20, 2008 at 9:48 am

rachel,
thanks…kids do like it when it is visually appealing :-)

dhivya,
thanks :-)

happy cook,
You’re welcome any time :-)

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19 sunita April 20, 2008 at 9:49 am

namratha,
:-) )

divya,
thanks :-)

madhavi,
thanks :-)

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20 sunita April 20, 2008 at 9:58 am

cynthia,
gourmet chef? who? me?…nah, just a home cook :-)

nags,
thanks :-)

cham,
thanks :-)

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21 sunita April 20, 2008 at 10:00 am

uma,
thanks :-)

zlamushka,
thanks…yes, it did uplift our moods :-)

arundathi,
thanks…do give it a try :-)

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22 sunita April 20, 2008 at 10:02 am

kevin,
thanks :-)

farida,
yes, to make food appealing to kids is a challenge in itself :-)

ranji,
thanks :-)

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23 sunita April 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

srivalli,
Thanks…the kids did love it a lot :-)

saswati,
thanks :-)

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24 Annu April 20, 2008 at 3:50 pm

This is something interesting meal….mouthwatering pics.

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25 Sig April 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Wow, a fun meal indeed… Kids would’ve had a lot of fun with this one huh? These will make amazing party platters… :)

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26 Siri April 20, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Ooooo lovely..:D the potatoes and carrots look so colorful Sunita.

Siri

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27 Mike of Mike's Table April 21, 2008 at 2:22 am

Fun way to mix it up! Looks tasty and very nicely presented.

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28 sunita April 21, 2008 at 12:34 pm

annu,
Thanks :-)

sig,
Yes, the kids did have a lot of fun…which meant that the meal was finished in record time :-)

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29 Miri April 22, 2008 at 8:13 am

That was really a fun meal – and healthy too!

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