Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
HAPPY HALIBUT on a bed of pepper risotto
Here’s a sublime fish dish that splashes your taste buds with a beautiful balance of Mediterranean flavours. It’s a perfect dinner on a summers evening and paired with the Queen of Hearts Delight, you’ll be in Mermaid/ Merman heaven, for a mouth-watering treat.
FOR THE HALIBUT
Halibut 4 fillets
Dijon mustard 1 tbsp
Extra-virgin olive oil a splash
FOR THE PEPPER RISOTTO
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Red pepper 1 diced in 1cm cubes
Garlic cloves 3 crushed
Risotto Rice 160g rinsed in a sieve
Vegetable stock, hot 750ml
Sea salt and pepper
Butter 1 tbsp
Grated Parmesan 2 tbsp
Flat leaf parsley 2 tbsp
Belazu balsamic a splash
Belazu balsamic a splash
HEAT the oven to 200’/ Gas 6
BRUSH the halibut with Dijon mustard and splash with oil, bake for 15 minutes.
WARM oil in a heavy based pan and fry peppers and garlic for 2 minutes.
ADD the risotto and toss well to coat.
POUR in the stock in ladles, when absorbed add another, remember to stir all the while, for a creamy delicious texture, this should take around 23 minutes, taste towards the end.
STIR in the butter, parsley and parmesan towards the end of cooking.
SPOON onto 4 plates and place halibut on top.
SCATTER with seasonal leaves.
SPLASH with Belazu balsamic.
There is a beautiful Irish proverb, “Is maith an t-ocras” that translates as “hunger is the best sauce”, inspired by these wise words I’ve come up with a proverb of my own, “Love is the best sauce for life.”
This blog is all about love, celebration, balance and healthy appetites.
Forget "How to cook yourself thin", follow instead the Feeling Food philosophy of "How to cook yourself happy". Feeling food is about feeling good, counting calories and depriving oneself have no place here, so we’ll leave that school of thought to the yo yo brigade and welcome, Feeling Food.
I look forward to sharing my healthy, balanced recipes with you, and some thoughts along the way. Being open to the idea of cooking with love and the benefits this may bring to you is all I ask. Love is the secret ingredient of great food, and by adding it generously to all your culinary trysts, you may transform your cooking into an unforgettable celebration of flavour, fun and delight.
So whether you’re wooing your Romeo, cooking a wonderful feast for friends, or simply encouraging your child to be more adventurous with food, this blog has a place on your screen. I'm a great believer in circles and cycles, so for now I'll finish on another Irish proverb, "Laughter is brightest where food is best."
Happy and healthy recipes are coming soon, so between now and then, may your hearts dance a merry tune, swaying gently with that lovely summer, sunshine feeling.