Fish pasta -Kalapastaa

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I am terribly sorry about this huge blog silence. I have been extremely busy with all sort of things. This has been a tough week in many ways my baby has had cold for 6 weeks now and on the top of that she got her first ear infection this week. Bad sleeping and an unwell baby have definitely kept me busy night and day this week!  Today I also got sad news that my dear grandma passed away. So sad but that is what life is like it starts and it ends. The most important thing is that we make most of the time we have. I am happy that I had her in my life for all this time and lucky to be able to bring back all the amazing memories of her -she really made my childhood special. I think to respect her memory I will share one Eastern Finnish recipe soon as that is where she comes from and Eastern Finland has its own very strong food culture.

Bad night after bad night I have finally recovered from the sleep deprivation and able to share a lovely fish pasta recipe with you. Simple but tasty. This is done Bill Granger style. It is super healthy and good.  I am such a big fan of seafood and chicken these days that don’t even need any red meat. Cannot remember when I have bought some..I love how many amazing dishes you can cook with fish! Anyway, I try to share my next post a lot sooner! Hope you all are having a lovely weekend! It has been incredibly sunny here in England. Unfortunately I have been lying in bed recovering from my cold and fever so have only been able to enjoy the sunshine by looking out of the window. Light, sun and spring time make miracles anyway!

100g pasta ( I used corn and rice pasta)

2 cod fillets

1 red chilli (seeds removed)

3 garlic cloves

200ml dry white wine

handful of fresh flat leaf parsley

black pepper

white pepper

onion granules

squeeze of lemon

salt

1. Cook pasta.

2. Fry crushed garlic and chopped chilli in a frying pan until golden brown.

3. Add white wine to garlic-chilli mix and bring it to boil and let it boil for a couple of minutes.

4. Add cod fillet cubes into the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes. Do not over cook the fish otherwise it gets flavourless and dry!

5. Add cooked pasta into the frying pan. Mix well.

6. Add chopped parsley and hint of back pepper, white pepper and onion granules and a bit of salt too.

7. Squeeze half a lemon in.

Serve with lovely white wine and enjoy!

Mainokset

Fried squid with salsa -Paistettu mustekala salsalla

Like I mentioned in my previous post I got very excited after having the amazing culinary pub lunch on Saturday. From the pub we walked straight to our huge local supermarket that has a fantastic fishmonger in it and I went and bought the whole squid! I know, pretty extravagant, but I felt like it plus I had never cooked squid before. My first attempt went pretty well in fact and I was rather proud of myself in the end. I sliced the squid I fried it and I served it with mango salsa.

Kuten mainitsinkin edellisessä blogipostauksessani, innostuin lauantain ihanasta kulinaarisesta pubilounaasta niin paljon, että kävelimme rakkaan aussimieheni kanssa pubista suraan lähimpään ruokakauppaan (jossa on muuten aivan uskomattoman monipuolinen kalatiski) ja ostimme kokonaisen mustekalan. Tiedän, se oli hieman hullu tempaus, mutta mieleni teki valmistaa mustekalaa, sillä en ole sitä koskaan aikaisemmin tehnyt. Päädyin siis paistamaan mustekalaa ja tarjoilin sen magosalsan kanssa.

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The whole squid. Kokonainen mustekala.

First you need to gut the squid. You just simply pull the inside of it out but watch out the ink. If you go on too hard you will end up with black ink everywhere. After removing the guts you peal the actual skin such as the flesh is white in colour and smooth. Then you cut it into the slices that you want to serve it in, you can do rings or squares. I did squares with pineapple cut. Pineapple cut looks very pretty after grilling or frying as the skin gets nice decoration on it.

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Mustekalan perkaaminen on hyvin yksinkertaista. Ensin vedät lonkeroista niin, että sisälmykset tulevat ulos. Tee tämä hellävaraisesti sillä mustekalan mustetankki on sen sisällä. Jos olet liian kovakourainen päädyt levittämään mustetta kaikkialle. Pienenä välihuomautuksenä muuten, tiesittekö, että osa fine dining ravintoloista käyttää musteen kastikkeen mausteeksi ja värjäämiseksi -mielenkiintoista! Joka tapauksessa, kun olet poistanut sisälmykset, kuori uloin nahkaosa pois, jotta jäljelle jää kaunis vaalea liha. Voit leikata mustekalan joko renkaiksi tai neliön muotoisiksi palasiksi ja tehdä neliöihin ananasviillot ristiin rastiin. Tämä antaa kauniin koristekuvion kun mustekala grillataan tai paistetaan (katso kuva yllä).

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Gutted and cleaned squid ready for spicing. Perattu ja puhdistettu mustekala valmiina maustamiseen.

For the squid:

3 cloves of garlic (squeezed in)

1 tsp onion granules

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

hint of black pepper

1. Mix the spices with the squid and fry.

2. Use a lot of oil, so shallow fry the squid to get the best result.

3. After frying, dry the pieces on the kitchen towel.

Mustekala:

3 valkosipulin kynttä

1 tl sipulijauhe

1 tl paprikajauhe

1tl suola

mustapippuria

1. Sekoita mausteet ja paista mustekala runsaassa öljyssä.

2. Kuivaa öljy pois levittämällä paistetut mustekalapalat paperin päälle.

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Mangosalsa:

100g mangoes finely chopped (pineapples go perfectly too, in fact could be even better!)

1 red onion finely chopped

1/2 red capsicum finely chopped

5cm piece of cucumber finely chopped

juice of one lime squeezed in

1/2 tsp coriander ( I used the spice but fresh one -maybe 1-2 tbsp chopped- would be better)

1 tbs sweet chilli sauce

(1 tbs balsamico optional)

hint of black pepper

1. Mix the ingredients together.

Mangosalsa:
100g mangoa (myös ananas käy, itse asiassa sopii loistavasti mustekalan kanssa!!!)

1 punasipuli

5cm pala kurkkua

1/2 punainen paprika

1 limen mehu puristettuna

1/2 tl korianteri maustetta (1-2 rkl tuoretta korianteria on parempi!)

1 rkl makeaa chilikastiketta

mustapippuria

hieman balsamicoa (ei pakollinen)

1. Pilko ainesosat hienoksi silpuksi ja sekoita yhteen.

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I served the fried squid on the top of salsa with a tiny bit of chilli jam on top.

It was super tasty! Enjoy!

Tarjoilin paistetun mustekalan salsan päällä ja koristeeksi ja mauksi lisäsin hieman chilihilloa. Jam! Oli niin herkullista! Nauti!

Saag Paneer

My dear Aussie man surprised me with this meal one weekend. After that we have had this same dish once in a week for three weeks. It is delighful, I mean absolutely delicious! Try it and you get addicted.

  • 400-750g baby spinach, washed
  • 3 tbs polive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 onions chopped
  • thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 2 tsp ground coriander (can add more)
  • 1 tsp Kecap Manis
  • 250g paneer cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1-2tbs yellow curry powder
  • 2dl double cream (in Finnish ”ruokakerma”)
  1. Cook the onions and garlic. Add spinach
  2. Add all the spices and cream.
  3. Add the paneer cheese.
  4. Cook it slowly in a casserole.
  5. Enjoy!