Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I am a total sucker for salmon. I really can't get enough of it. It is usually reasonably priced and the size of the fillets makes for satisfying 'meaty' eating. I am always looking for new ways to cook it, I love it smoked, and am still getting around to making my own gravlax, which I just love! Al Brown did a fabulous feature in the latest cuisine on salmon and they all sound divine. However, what lead me to tonight's dinner was reading Nigella's How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food - and being reminded of that lovely sauce that is salsa verde. I have made this before and really love it's fresh flavour and while tonight's version was inspired by Nigella, it is actually quite removed from her version! I simply pan fried the salmon and served it with sauteed veges, then popped on a couple of tablespoons of the gorgeous sauce. After making my version I decided to google it to see how far removed from the authentic recipe I was, which I kind of am, but hey it tasted good, so here's how I made mine:

Salsa Verde (of sorts!)

Approx 1 cup flat leaf parsley
Approx 1/2 cup basil leaves
Approx 1/4 c mint leaves
Approx 1/4c chives
3 tbsp capers
1 garlic clove
1/4 c white wine vinegar
1 c extra virgin olive oil
4 good quality anchovies
2 tsp dijon mustard
6 cornichons

Put everything into a food processor and whiz until it is blended into a reasonably smooth and vibrantly green sauce.This goes really well with any fish, and I have also stirred some through some home made mayo for a nice dip or to coat a mixed green leafy salad or with new potatoes!

Just a note about the anchovies- for the first time ever I used a more expensive brand and could not believe the difference in taste and texture- they were totally sublime! I will never go back, they are about twice the price but so worth it in terms of the difference in flavour.


Vicky said...

What a gorgeous meal Linda. Salmon is one of my favourites and this looks so fresh and pretty. Beautiful photos too. xxx

Olga said...

That looks beautiful! and healthy :) And a great antidote for winter weather.