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Salmon, Mint, Fennel & Sour Pasta

Seared salmon with sauteed carrot and fennel, on linguine dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, served with a mint and garlic sauce.

  1. Set the linguine away to cook in a pot of boiling water. Drain once cooked, and toss in a balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. With a small knob of butter and a little splash of olive oil, saute the julienned carrot and fennel. Season with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt. Remove once vegetables are cooked.
  3. Prepare your salmon fillets, cutting them into small rectangular pieces. Salt the skin generously with seasalt and lay them skin side down on a piece of kitchen towel.
  4. Chop up a handful of mint leaves and mince it together with a small clove of garlic. Transfer to a mortar and pestle, add a little drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil and pound away till everything comes together as a sauce.
  5. As soon as the vegetables are out of the pan, sear the salmon fillets skin side down till golden. Flip the fillets after the skins are nicely browned, and remove once they are done. The pieces of salmon should be firm not hard, nor soft. Let them rest on a fresh piece of kitchen towel before plating up.
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Rockin’ Risotto

I tried my hand at making some risotto for myself and went ballistic. It became kinda like a risotto version of fried rice.

Risotto of carrot, Chinese sausage, Camembert and mint.

  1. In a skillet with a little oil, toss in the Chinese sausage brunoise, or chorizo slices. Fry about till fragrant.
  2. Put in minced shallots, and welcome the Aroma Fairies. Your kitchen hasn’t smelt this good in awhile. ‘Awhile’ probably ranging from four hours ago to four months ago.
  3. Add the arborio rice and a generous splash of red wine. Cook till wine almost evaporates completely.
  4. Stir the mixture continuously, adding chicken stock in small quantities each time the skillet rice is almost dry, until the grains are firm to the pinch but soft to the bite, then turn off the heat.
  5. Stir in bits of torn Camembert and mint leaves.