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Deep South Cajun Salmon in 10 minutes

Forget about Salmons high calorie count – this fish is insanely good for you, it is full of protein (good for bone density), omega 3 fatty acids for brain function, cardiovascular benefits like reducing inflammation and full of vitamin D. Salmon provides a great source of Selenium which is a mineral that works as an antioxidant in the body which prevents cell damage and keeps immune system and your thyroid working well!

I found this recipe in a friends cookery book, but for the life of me cannot remember what it was called – I searched Cajun Salmon and there were 100s of similar recipes therefore this is my take on what I remembered from the recipe and works really well with lots of health benefits plus makes for a great 10 minute dish, whether it is for lunch or for a post gym din din.

What makes it deep south Cajun Salmon?  I found this delicious spice when looking for a regular Cajun spice, which you can still use. This spice also tastes great on sweet potato wedges.

Cajun Salmon

For two people:

2 Salmon Fillets          Olive Oil      8 Cherry Tomatoes    Half a Cucumber    1 Lemon

2 Tbsp of Cajun Spice     1 Avocado   1 tin of sweetcorn    1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

Handful of Cashew Nuts     Handful of Fresh Coriander       4 Spring Onions

  • Marinate Salmon in the Cajun spice & a couple Tbsp’s of olive oil in a bowl.
  • Heat up a frying pan and pop in the salmon, 4 minutes approx on each side.
  • Meanwhile chop the cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions, coriander, drained sweetcorn and mix in a bowl with the red wine vinegar, adding chopped avocado last.
  • Serve the salmon on a bed of the salad, with a slice of lemon and decorate with a small handful of cashew nuts & it is ready to eat!

You can bulk up the meal with some bulgar wheat, put desired amount in a bowl with boiling water, and cover with tea towel. Every 60g = 300ml water. Once water has soaked in to the wheat add a splash of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and mix with salad ingredients.

Personally the Cajun spice is enough for me, but you can add a chilli paste, fresh chilli or chilli flakes if you like something spicier.

There you have it easy peasy Cajun Spiced Salmon.

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Comfort Foods: Go Go Gnocchi

GO GO GNOCCHI



This recipe is one of two recipes that is my absolute go to meal if I want to eat something delicious, easy, carby, cheesy and more interesting; as much as I love a good ole mac ‘n’ cheese, which is an excellent go to if all you have in your house is pasta, cheddar, milk and flour!

Ever since I started making “Go go gnocchi” a few months ago, I have had so many questions about how to make it and I am always the over sharing type and want to feed you up as much as I feed up my family and I.

This is an absolutely great meal to make in large quantities for dinner parties or meals for the week!! At the end of this post I also recommend some gorgeous wines that go with the dish too.

Go go Gnocchi

Gnocchi is such an understated potato/pasta and when I tell my friends that you can make a gorgeous crunchy and creamy dish out of gnocchi they are like how??? “It always ends up a soggy potato dumpling”

Equipment: 1 large pan, 1 medium sized frying pan, 1 spatula/stirring spoon, chopping board, knife and a wine glass (with wine in it).

Ingredients: Generously serves 4 people.

Obviously you can change these up based on your preferences and amount of people you are cooking for.

2 x 500g packets of gnocchi

2 x punnets of chestnut mushrooms

1 red onion

2 cloves garlic

130g pancetta

Two tablespoons of olive oil

175ml of water or 175ml of white wine (and a glass for yourself)

2 handfuls of frozen peas (optional)

300ml Creme Fraiche (half fat)

75g of parmesan or cheddar for a sweeter taste.

Method:

  1. Heat up a large  non stick frying pan and when it is hot, dry fry the whole packet of pancetta (approx 7 mins).
  2. Meanwhile chop up the onion and the garlic into fine pieces and heat up the second frying pan with both tbsps of olive oil. Then add the onion into the same pan as the pancetta and give a good stir.
  3. Whilst the onion cooks in the smokey bacon flavours, prepare the mushrooms, to do this wipe the mushrooms with kitchen towel and chop into slices and when ready pop in with the onion and pancetta and leave to cook (approx 8 mins).                     *You can wash the mushrooms in water, but wiping with kitchen paper keeps the flavour.
  4. Whilst you’ve been doing step 3 your second pan should be sizzling hot – pop both packets of gnocchi into the pan and keep on a high heat, make sure to keep turning the gnocchi pieces gently to avoid burning. *If your pan isn’t big enough for 2 packets add it in batches.
  5. Once your mushrooms look browned add the garlic, after 1 minute add the 175ml of water or 175ml of wine, bring down to a medium – low heat and pop the lid on to leave the sauce to thicken (approx 10mins). In the last 2 minutes add your frozen peas.
  6. Meanwhile keep gently turning the gnocchi until light brown and start grating the parmesan into a bowl.
  7. Once  pan fried gnocchi is ready add to the mushroom and pancetta sauce, give a good stir, bring down to a low heat and add the creme fraiche and remember to keep stirring. This is the part where you can season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Finally when you are ready to serve put half the bowl of parmesan into the sauce and stir, leaving a little to sprinkle on top. Then serve!

Voila! Fini!

This seems like a complicated recipe but once you have the hang of this 2 pot gnocchi dish it is easy peasy! It is not the healthiest of meals but I find if you use minimal oil (dry fry), use half fat creme fraiche and if you add the frozen peas it adds something a little “healthy” to the meal!

Enjoy with a sprinkle of parmesan and a glass of white wine, I like it with a Viognier or a Chablis! However it does also go great with a red wine, I’d recommend Nero di Troia a delicious indulgence from Puglia.

Thank you for reading!

Happy Cooking

Love Natalie x