I said I like the taste of halloumi, but the squeak on my teeth meant I didn’t eat much of it.
Sugar snap peas
Heat the oven to about 200 °C.
Pat the surfaces of the salmon dry with absorbent kitchen paper.
Season the salmon with salt.
Cook the salmon in the oven for 15 minutes.
Allow the salmon to rest for a few minutes and then flake the salmon into pieces.
Boil some salted water in a saucepan.
Cook the green beans in the water for about four minutes and then plunge them into iced water (Note, I haven’t removed the ends of the beans. I know it’s traditional to do this and I remember it was a job Mum would give me as a kid when I’d help her cook dinner. The reason why I don’t do it is pure laziness.).
Cook the sugar snap peas in the boiling water for a few minutes and then plunge them into iced water.
Cook the mini asparagus in the boiling water for a few minutes and then drop them into iced water.
When the beans, peas, and asparagus are cool, remove them from the iced water and place them in a bowl lined with some absorbent kitchen paper to remove the excess water. Then season with salt and splash on some olive oil and lime juice.
Slice the avocado and put it into the bowl with the beans, peas, and asparagus, and gently mix it through to exploit the antioxidation effects of the lime juice.
Heat a skillet and add a little neutral oil (I use Queensland nut oil because it has a high vapour point and because it’s Queensland!).
Wash the halloumi with tap water to remove the brine. Dry the halloumi with absorbent paper.
Fry the halloumi until it forms a caramelised crust on both sides (GC mentioned the frying time might influence the amount of squeakiness on my teeth. I had planned on running an experiment with varying cooking times, but I may leave that for another day.)
Crumble some goat cheese and add that to the salad bowl.
Toast some pecan nuts in the oven for about 5 minutes at 200 °C. Once toasted, crack the nuts in half length-ways and then add the nuts to the salad.
Cut the cooked halloumi into bite-sized pieces and add it along with the salmon to the salad bowl.
Season the salad to taste and serve everything together in a bowl.
How did the salad taste?
This summer salad tasted great. It had crunch and creaminess as well as the deliciousness of the baked salmon.
Spaghetti with creamed spinach and eye fillet steak
I carb loaded today, so I figured why not have some more with some spaghetti.
I have great workmates. One friend made croissants yesterday (she’s a butter fiend), and she gave me one fresh out of the oven this morning. Another friend made coconut ice which is one of my all-time favourite confectionaries.
Yes, I’m spoilt.
Leftover sous vide eye fillet steak (thinly sliced)
Leftover caramelised onions
Cook the spaghetti in boiling water for 7 minutes.
Drain the spaghetti and rinse with cold water.
Put some olive oil in a cold skillet and turn the heat on to a low setting.
Add some sliced garlic to the oil and allow it to cook and release its flavour into the warm oil.
Add in the spaghetti and begin to warm it up with the caramelised onions.
Toss in the spinach leaves and allow the leaves to wilt.
Mix through a couple of teaspoons of dijon mustard and some cream.
Add in the sliced steak and some cherry tomatoes and keep cooking until the meat is warm.
I felt like a relatively light lunch but I wanted something which would require some effort.
Caramelising onions seemed like the right thing to do.
It’s fairly simple to make caramelised onions.
I slice a couple of onions with a sharp knife and put them into a cold skillet with some olive oil and a nudge of butter. I then heat the skillet gently and keep the heat low and slow until the onions take on a brown colour. Once the onions begin to smell sweet I add in some cooking sherry and cook until the sherry has reduced. Then I add some Worcestershire sauce and cook until the onions are sticky. I turn the heat off and add a liberal quantity of dried chilli flakes plus freshly cracked black pepper.
The sweet corn is easier to cook. I buy the corn with the husk on and run it under a tap for a few seconds to get it damp. I then wrap it in aluminium foil and put it into an oven set at about 200 °C for about 45 minutes. After about 45 minutes, I unwrap the corn, remove the husk, and then season it with salt and pepper.