Salmon With Brandy Sauce And Roasted Vegetables

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Salmon with brandy sauce and roasted vegetables

Salmon with brandy sauce and roasted vegetables

Christmas is here again! Time to put up the Christmas tree. My house looks empty without the Christmas tree. I had taken it out but haven’t had the time to put it up…..hmmm. Well, no problem if you have quite a perfectionist at home. My loving hubby decided to put up the tree himself……for ONCE! He knows that his nagging doesn’t work on me anymore now that the girls have left home. I was secretly delighted of course….*BIG grin*. Well Done! It was hard work for him!….haha.

Putting up the Christmas tree!

Putting up the Christmas tree!

I think my hubby’s sweet effort in putting up the tree and decorating it deserves a good meal! I went shopping for groceries the other day when I saw whole big fresh salmon on sale, at £4/kg! That’s cheap! It was supposed to be about £10/kg. I bought the smallest one which is about 2 & half kg. That’s still big! When I reached home, I thought it was madness….haha. It looked HUGE on my kitchen top and it’s quite frightening. Took me quite a while to cut it up, pack in bags to go into the freezer. Left 1 big piece for dinner which I cut into half.

Actually I don’t have a fixed recipe for this dish. I think it’s even better, right? That’s how our parents cook awesome food. I’m still way, way behind such skill!…..*sigh*. But good enough to please my hubby and my girls…*big smiles*

Marinade salmon with salt pepper and thyme

Marinade salmon with salt pepper and thyme

For the salmon, I sprinkled some salt, pepper and dried thyme over it.

Boiled and roasted vegetables

Boiled and roasted vegetables

While letting it rest, I peeled some carrots, swede and sweet potatoes and cut them up into chunks. I boiled the carrots and swede until almost cooked and then I added the sweet potatoes. Remove and drain once the sweet potatoes are just cooked. Don’t overcook the sweet potatoes. Add some honey, sprinkle some salt and pepper and mix well. This I learned from a restaurant chef. Put into a baking dish ready to go into the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

Baked chestnut mushrooms

Baked chestnut mushrooms

I bought a big box of chestnut mushrooms. Do not wash mushrooms,. Just wipe them clean with a tissue. I cut the big ones into half and leave the small ones as they are. Lay them on a baking tray. Put both the cooked vegetables and the mushrooms into the oven.

While the vegetables are in the oven, pan fry the salmon with a little butter and oil. Flip over when the bottom is brown. Fish cooks very fast so don’t overcook otherwise it will not be tender and juicy.

While the salmon is being panfried, pour a small tub of double cream (150ml) into a small pot. Bring it to a soft boil, stirring constantly. Add 1 tablespoon of brandy, juice of half a lemon and season with salt.

To serve, put a piece of salmon on a plate, spoon the mushrooms and other roasted vegetables at the side and pour over the brandy sauce. You can add some green leafy vegetables for more colours if you like which I did. Enjoy! If you like, you can also serve the salmon with green beans and potatoes instead of roasted vegetables and mushrooms.

Wonder how you cook your salmon but this is such a lovely meal that we had. It’s even perfect for a Christmas meal. I love the sauce which is really good with the mushrooms too. I used to fry the mushrooms. I have learned that it’s so much easier to bake it. Mushrooms can be eaten raw so you don’t need a long time to bake it. Maybe about 10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius would do. Drain off the liquid when it’s done. If you don’t have the brandy sauce, you can season it with salt and pepper and drizzle some fried garlic and shallot oil. I like it that way too. Nice with rice.

Right, I better get going. I’m having fun and I hope you do too. Till then, see you in my next post!

Quote of the day……

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. “

- Winston Churchill

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11 Comments

suituapui  on December 19th, 2013

Oooooo…yummy! My girl would kill for those mushrooms! Can’t get them here. :(

somewhere in singapore  on December 19th, 2013

C you on your next post… :)

claire  on December 19th, 2013

You are a very fast cook, Mary.. I can imagine you swoooshing here and there and presto! A meal is born! Very nutritious meal here… your hubby deserves it! :)

LeeQs  on December 19th, 2013

That looks and sounds delicious! You’ve just given me reason to buy Brandy. I’ll tell someone to thank you later. :P Teehee. Yay to your hubby for helping with the tree this year. We’re not putting ours up this year. Kids have been asking me why. Anyways, have a Merry Christmas!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 19th, 2013

My favourite fish. This looks mouthwatering, Mary.

Mich Piece of Cake  on December 21st, 2013

Love the salmon with the vegetable sides. So delicious. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Shirley Tay (Blackswan)  on December 22nd, 2013

Brandy sauce sounds good to me! Dropping by to wish you & family a Merry X’mas & happy holidays!

Juliana  on December 23rd, 2013

Beautiful and healthy meal Mary…
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year my dear :D

Katerina  on January 3rd, 2014

I love salmon and this is right up my alley! I wish to you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year Mary!

rebecca  on January 3rd, 2014

looks delicious as always, happy new year hope your all well

lena  on January 10th, 2014

hi mary! hope everything’s keeping you well! i dont know much about various cooking with salmon, just simple pan fry and little bit of kicap sometimes…a little bit of brandy sounds not bad and might try a little honey on roasting sweet potatoes next time. Have a happy weekend! oh and happy new year!! very soon i will be wishing you happy cny too! :D

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