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