Sea bass with potato and tomato bake

This is a very nice and light supper which I adapted from a recipe I found in the June edition of myWaitrose magazine. The original recipe uses Waitrose’s ready to cook sea bream instead of using sea bass, but the sea bass I saw in the fishmonger looked so good that I decided to use it instead. It worked really well and is perfect for a summer dinner.

Sea bass with potato and tomato bake

Serves 4 | Prepare 15 minutes | Cook 45 minutes | Gluten-free, Meat-free | Easy

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You’ll need:
  • 550g new potatoes, sliced;
  • 6 tomatoes, sliced;
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped;
  • 1 tbsp olive oil;
  • 50ml dry white wine;
  • 4 sea bass fillets;
  • large knob butter;
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced.

To make the potato and tomato bake, preheat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7. Toss the sliced potatoes and tomatoes in a large bowl with the garlic and the oil and season. Arrange evenly in a baking tin, pour over the wine and bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden and cooked through.

For the fish, when the bake is almost ready, heat the butter in a large pan over a high heat. Season the fish, put into the pan skin-side down and cook for 3 minutes, until golden and crisp. Flip the fillets over and cook for 1 more minutes on the side. Pour over the lemon juice.

Serve the fillets along with the potato & tomato bake, and some green salad if you’d like.

Original recipe from myWaitrose magazine, issue June 2018, available here.

Steak Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries

If you want a no fuss dinner which tastes amazing and brings out the best of pub grub right in your home, then this is the recipe for you. I am yet to meet someone who doesn’t love a good steak sandwich (unless they don’t eat meet obviously!), and I just loved this simple recipe from Delicious magazine which pairs the steak sandwich with a good portion of sweet potato fries – my favourite! This can be on your table in about half an hour and it’s perfect for a Friday night dinner to kick off your weekend.

Steak Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 2 |Prep time 10 minutes | Cooking time 30 minutes | Easy
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You’ll need:
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 400g), cut into chunky chips or thin wedges;
  • olive oil;
  • 1 large onion, sliced;
  • 1 tsp soft light brown sugar;
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar;
  • 2 x 150g Rump or Sirloin steaks, fat trimmed;
  • 2 ciabatta rolls, halved;
  • 4 tsp dijon mustard;
  • 3 tbsp mayo;
  • 40g wild rocket.

To make the chips, heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. On a baking tray, season the sweet potato chips and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes until tender but crisp on the outside, tossing once.

Meanwhile, heat a glug of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion with a pinch of salt for 10-12 minutes, stirring until soft and starting to brown. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar, then bubble for 3-4 minutes until caramelised. Set aside while you make the steaks.

Heat a griddle pan until smoking hot. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season well. Fry the steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side or until done to your liking. Remove to a board, cover with foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

While the steaks are resting, wipe the griddle pan clean, then toast the ciabatta rolls, cut-side down, for 3-4 minutes until crisp. Remove and spread each bottom half with 1 tsp dijon mustard. Slice the steaks thinly. Top each half with a bit of rocket, the caramelised onions and the thinly sliced steak.

In a small, clean bowl, mix the remaining mayo and dijon mustard. Serve the steak sandwiches with a generous helping of the sweet potato fries and the mustard mayo.

Adapted from Delicious Magazine, issue May 2018.

Quick miso soup with dumplings

This is a really quick, delicious and filling recipe which is perfect for a quick dinner. It will also do you well for lunch too. There are lots of Asian supermarkets in Glasgow now, which is really fantastic and has given me access to a wide variety of really good Asian ingredients to try at home. Last week I tried OAKA Supercity, close to George Square, where I got a set of delicious pork dumplings to cook in this soup. There are many other fantastic Asian supermarkets, and I strongly recommend that you make good use of them. This is my own recipe, so hope you enjoy it!

Miso soup with dumplings

Serves 2 | Takes 10 minutes | Easy

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You’ll need:
  • 10 frozen dumplings (I used pork, but you can also use prawn or vegetarian) – you can find them in the frozen aisles of most Asian supermarkets;
  • 50g Miso soup paste – available in Asian and large supermarkets;
  • 100g Mange Tout, shredded;
  • 1/2 Chinese Leaf, shredded;
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced (optional);
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional).

Bring 700ml water to the boil in a pan. Add the soup paste and stir until dissolved. Add the dumplings to the pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the shredded Mange Tout & Chinese Leaf and simmer for another 3 minutes, or until the dumplings have cooked through and are soft all the way through.

To serve, split between to bowls, sprinkled with the spring onions and the red chilli.

Steak & Vietnamese Noodle Salad

Quick dinners are a necessity in our house during the week and there are a few quick recipes coming to the blog. Starting with a healthy steak salad to recharge the batteries for the week ahead. Check out the recipe below from BBC Good Food April 2018 issue.

Steak & Vietnamese Noodle Salad

Serves 2 | Prep 15 minutes | Cook 10 minutes | Easy
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You’ll need:
  • 85g brown noodles;
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil;
  • 250g fillet steak;
  • 2 carrots, peeled into ribbons;
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage;
  • 4 spring onions;
  • 20g pack coriander, roughly chopped
For the dressing:
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed and thinly sliced;
  • 1 lime, juiced;
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar;
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar;
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped;
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce.

Make the dressing. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together in a bowl with 1 tbsp water until the sugar has dissolved.

For the salad. Cook the noodles following pack instructions then plunge into a bowl of cold water to cool completely. Drain the noodles, then add the carrot, cabbage, spring onion and dressing and toss to combine.

Cook the steak. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Season the steak, then cook to you liking: 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Leave to rest for 5 minutes, then slice.

To serve, divide the salad and steak slices between bowls and scatter over some coriander to serve.

Original recipe from BBC Good Food issue April 2018, available here.

My week of food Double bill #10 & #11 – 26 Mar – 8 Apr

It’s been a busy period for me over the past few weeks – holidays, work, travel. So I thought that this time around I will do a double bill and combine my eatings out in one article, since actually I haven’t really been eating out too much. We only have four entries during the past two weeks and they were all good, dare I say! Starting with trying Six By Nico’s New York menu and having a pre-Easter dinner at Nam Tuk Tram Stop last week and visiting one of my favourite West End cafes, Kaf for a Monday brunch (gotta love a long weekend) and having a fabulous meal with some brilliant ladies at Rishi’s on Friday in week #2.

Dinner at Six by Nico – New York Menu (Finnieston)

I have written about Six by Nico twice already (full review and in a previous My Week Of Food Post) and I will probably never stop raving about this fantastic restaurant. Managed to catch this menu in its final days and I’m really quite glad that we did. It’s not the best ever that’s come out of the Six by Nico kitchen (Illusion is still my favourite) it was still amazing. That’s the thing about Six by Nico – any menu that you catch will offer outstanding food which has imagination and fantastic flavours. It really never disappoints. This menu was inspired by New York (as the name suggests) and each dish played tribute to this colourful city. From the delicious mini salmon bagels we started with to the Big Apple dessert which definitely stole the show. A cheesecake shaped in a red apple? Just one of the interesting things you can find in Six By Nico. The food was fantastic as usual and I pretty much can’t fault them for anything – flavour, presentation, imagination, service and value. It’s all there!

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Eggs Benedict from New York menu at Six by Nico
  • ££: £25 per person for a six course menu without drinks. Very good value for money!
  • Good for an occasion or when you want to get the fine dining experience for a better price.

 

Dinner at Nam Tuk Tram Stop (West End)

This is one of the newer additions to the West End food scene. Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of change in this location on Dumbarton Road but Nam Tuk Tram Stop seems to have bedded in well. The restaurant offers Pan Asian food so you can expect to find Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other Asian dishes. A four of us visited on Saturday before Easter and we managed to try a few different dishes. The friends we visited with all quite liked the food, but I am not as sure as them about it. It was okay and it will be fine if you like Pan Asian food. I found it a bit too salty and didn’t like all the flavours on offer, but it wasn’t bad. For me the décor was the highlight of the visit as I really enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant! I should mention that the staff were also fantastic and actually went above and beyond during our visit.

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Inside Nam Tuk Tram Stop
  • ££: Around £20 per person. We had a variety of dishes so we mixed and matched. Good value for money.
  • Good for: One for the Asian food lovers!

Brunch at Kaf (Partick)

I’ve already written about Kaf in a previous post and nothing much has changed since the last time I visited – it’s still the lovely little charming spot in the West End. It’s always a treat paying Kaf a visit and I can always be certain that I will get a decent cup of coffee and some delicious food. If you haven’t yet been, you should absolutely visit this little gem of a café in Partick!

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Eggs Benny, Babka French Toast and the Rueben at Kaf.
  • ££: About £8 for a breakfast dish. Good value for money and great portion size!
  • Great for: brunch and coffee.

Dinner at Rishi’s Indian Aroma (City Centre)

If 5ft Dosa is your thing then Rishi’s is the right place for you. Rishi’s is one of the best South Indian restaurants Glasgow has to offer (in my humble opinion). This is my second visit to the restaurant and their dishes were really without fault. Since it was five of us, we decided to go for it and order the Family (5ft) Dosa on offer which basically took over the whole table. We also shared a number of curries and sides for a delicious Indian meal. Perhaps the only thing I’m not a fan of at Rishi’s is the service – not very friendly or polite. However the delicious food made up for it so based on that I’d say it’s definitely one to visit when you are in the city centre.

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Family dosa and curries at Rishi’s
  • ££: Bill came to around £15 per person, and considering how much food we had that was great value!
  • Great for: South Indian food – definitely order a dosa when you are there!

So here it is – you have two weeks worth of food to read about. Slightly shorter post today but I felt like keeping it that way after the marathon writing I had to do for my much much longer post of a Menu for 10 people!

~Em