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Salmon with Vegetable Pilaf

How great has summer been so far? It’s felt continental at times with the amazing blue skies and soaring temperatures. Paul’s Private Dining has been busy with dinner parties and hosting classes at Outcook Cookery School.

Thanks to the climate this year, some of the vegetables available have been nigh on perfect in terms of texture, taste and quality.

This recipe makes enough for four people and incorporates great vegetables, some lovely Salmon and some store cupboard staples. It has a complex flavour profile made up of warming spices and sweet Salmon. This recipe will bring some additional heat to your palate and is ideal for entertaining.

 

You’ll be able to get most of the ingredients at the Market to create this dish, so you’ll be saving pennies and supporting local traders. Win Win.

   

Ingredients:

4 x 200g Salmon Fillets, skin-on

1 Red Pepper, Diced

1 Red Onion, Diced

1 Large Carrot, Grated

4 Cloves Garlic, crushed

Handful Babycorn, Sliced

Handful Spring Onions, Sliced

1 Lemon, Zest & Juice

¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds

Coriander, rinsed, a bunch with a handful chopped

¾ Cup Basmati Rice, rinsed

1 Tsp Turmeric, 1 Tsp Ground Cumin

2 Cups Chicken / Veg Stock, hot

150g Natural Yoghurt

Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil

Preheat Oven to 180C. Score the Salmon Skin with a sharp knife. Season with Salt & Pepper and rub a little oil all over. Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking parchment, skin side up. Set aside.

In a non-stick pan on a low-medium heat (high sides), add a little oil, the garlic, red onion carrot, pepper and babycorn, salt and pepper and soften for 8 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes to avoid anything getting caught on the pan (you can add a splash of water to

prevent this).

Add the rice and stir through the vegetables. Give it 2 minutes to cook then add the Turmeric & Cumin and stir this through thoroughly. Adding a little stock here will prevent the spices from burning and becoming bitter. Give the spices a further 3 minutes then add the Rest of the stock. Bring to a boil for 1 minute then reduce to a simmer and pop a lid on the pan. Allow to cook according to packet instructions, normally around 12-15 minutes.

Once the lid is on the pan, put the salmon in the oven. This should take 12 minutes to cook.

Make the lemon coriander sauce by combining the zest and juice of a lemon with the yoghurt, a little salt & pepper and the small amount of chopped coriander.

Once the rice is cooked and the stock absorbed, add the pomegranate jewels and sliced spring onion to the pilaf.

To plate; Place the pilaf on the base of the plate or bowl, top with a Salmon fillet, add the yoghurt sauce and a small bunch of coriander.

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Enjoy with a glass of white wine or a cooling Gin & Tonic.

Thanks for Reading, Happy Rest of Summer

Paul x

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Working with Hadrian’s Wall Gin

Recently, I got in touch with the guys at Hadrian’s Wall Gin offering to provide them with a granita recipe where their Gin is a principal ingredient. It was worth a try and it paid off, they love the recipe and have been promoting it on their social media this week.

They like it so much, that i’ll be doing future recipe collaborations with them. I’ll keep you posted.

The recipe is below, I use it as a palate cleanser for dinner parties as it’s the perfect adult alternative to a sorbet. This serves 4.

Top Tip: Always use chilled glasses, this delays the granita from melting too quickly.

Ingredients

100ml Hadrian’s Wall Gin

200ml Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic

250ml Water

150g Caster Sugar

Juice of 1 Lemon

Juice of 1 Lime

Few Sprigs of Dill

4 Cucumber Ribbons

Plus your choice of garnish

Method

Make a stock syrup from the caster sugar and water by placing both in a pan on a gentle heat and allowing the sugar to dissolve. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Once cool, in a bowl combine the syrup, gin, tonic, juices from the lemon & lime and a few sprigs of dill. Transfer to a freezer-proof container and freeze for 1 hour. Place four tumblers in the refrigerator.

Remove the mixture from the freezer and stir, breaking up the ice crystals.. Freeze for a further hour. Repeat this step twice more.

To Serve;

Add a cucumber ribbon to the chilled tumbler to resemble a spiral. Spoon in some of the granita mix and top with a garnish of your choice. I recommend lemon zest, apple matchsticks, edible flowers or for a peppery taste, nasturtium leaf.

 

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Check my Instagram post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BllIFaYFoZP/?hl=en&taken-by=paulsprivatedining

To find out more about Hadrians Wall Gin, visit https://www.hadrianswallgin.com/

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