On food extremism, tajine, preserved lemons and parsley roots

February 21st, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

I have a confession to make: I can turn into a heavy-duty food extremist when it comes to the food close to my heart…

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Don’t get me wrong, I do not mind free interpretations (I wouldn’t be well placed complaining about that) as long as the essence of the original cuisine remains. What bothers me, in particular in restaurants who are representing a specific cuisine, is, too often, the lack of care, of taste and the prevalence of quantity over quality… Hence my efforts in avoiding eating out in restaurants claiming any remote connection to Moroccan or Arabic cuisine when in Europe. I’ve gone through to many disappointments.

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Fish! I like it RAW! (1)

July 28th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Have you ever had the impression of working in a sauna or should I say in hell? Well, today I did…  we have no airco at work and the sunscreen of my office just broke down: the thermometer often exceded the 31 C inside today! All that to say, that when I came home, I hardly felt like eating and especially not something warm. Luckily, I’ve become a master at gazpacho’s, fresh salads, carpaccio’s and other fresh recipes. Among my favourites: raw fish! sashimi from my local sushi bar Kiraku* is one of my treats and I’m a fan of the holland’s new herring, eaten right at the fish stall with raw chopped oignons… Please don’t look disgusted, I swear, it’s heaven! and it’s full of Omega 3 as my mum would not fail to highlight. Now, I know not everybody can handle it… so I often indulge my fish in savoury marinades. I’m sure that, that, you can handle! Here is a couple of this summer creations and one of last summer…

But before I go further I will, if you allow me, open a little hygienic parenthesis: It’s no problem to eat raw fish (except maybe if you are pregnant) as long as your fish is of the best quality and as fresh as can be: Choose a fish that smells of the sea. If it’s smells of fish, pass your way! Fish like tuna and salmon may have some parasits. Out of precaution I always put the fish I want to eat raw in the freezer for at least half an hour. My dutchie thinks I am paranoid… but well, I feel better like that and the fish is then easier to cut neatly.

Now, here we go…

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Tuna and salmon duo in ginger and wazabi marinade

2 pers. prep: 10 min

Ingredients:
200g salmon fillet
200g tuna fillet

1 (bio) lemon

2 Tsp. (japanese) soja saus
2 Tsp. thai fish saus
1 Tsp. sesam oil
1 tsp. wasabi paste (you can put more if you like)
2 Tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. sugar or honey

sea salt, pepper

Wash your salmon and tuna fillet and put them in the freezer for at least half an hour. Prepare your marinade: mix the soja saus, fish saus, sesam oil, sugar, wasabi paste and ginger. Add the juice of half of a lemon. Cut the rest of a lemon in very thin slices (a couple of mm) using a mandoline. If your lemon is treated brush it well under warm water before use (I use a potato brush). Cut your salmon and tuna in slices, I usually like the pieces to be slightly thick (1/2 to 1cm). Put the fish and lemon slices in a tupperware and cover with the marinade. Close your tupperware, shake it, baby shake it! and forget it in the fridge, time to enjoy the sun in the garden, have an aperitif or for longer. Dispose the fish in a nice plate or terrine with the lemon on top.

Bon appétit!

* Kiraku sushi bar:
Toussaintkade 31
Den Haag
070-3454288
www.kiraku.nl

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