I tried to commit suicide by sticking my head in the oven, but there was a cake in it.
~ Lesley Boone
Today I set myself to play in the kitchen again to prepare dinner for 6 of us – it took around 2.5 hours including cooking time, but there were no complex procedures involved. And the obedient, intelligent oven did most of the work.
I do love ovens, they simplify life so.
Tonight I decided to do 1 new recipe from Tessa Kiros’ “Falling Cloudberries” (leg of lamb), 2 repeats of Tessa-recipes (fish and tzatziki), 1 impromptu salad, 1 impromptu potato dish. The new dish was:
#14 Leg of lamb with oregano & lemon – Page 111 (pictured below)
Bread & tzatziki not pictured here, but this was the main part of our dinner. The lamb was easy enough, marinaded simply with oregano, lemon juice, salt, pepper – browned quickly then baked for 2.5 hours with the potatoes for company – it emerged brown and victorious, but not soft as they make it in good restaurants in New Zealand where the meat is just falling off the bone like clouds in heaven. Hmmm! Will have to work on that one.
This simple salad consisted just of orange zest, orange cubes, watercress & lettuce leaves, cucumber slices. Served with balsamic cream and olive oil on the side. A good mix, I conclude, and an excellent side dish which won’t overpower your main – but I don’t think I’ll try eating watercress salad again (frightful). It reeked so much of ‘grass’ I felt like I was a cow.
These babies… red potatoes, peeled, cut, boiled for around 10 minutes, then dressed with a little olive oil, orange zest, rosemary, black pepper & salt. This tasted light and refreshing. I think it is a good side dish (especially for lamb/chicken) when you are out of ideas and need to make something quickly.
The ling fish fillet was most wonderful – white and innocent, a delight to prepare. This is what it looked like with parsley and a tiny drizzle of olive oil before the rest of the sauce went on it…
The fish was a repeat of the oven-baked tomato, celery & parsley-dressed fish I did not too long ago – except I had to reproduce it from memory, since I do not have my book with me here. I think it tasted better today!
Recipe adapted from Tessa Kiros’ ‘Falling Cloudberries’:
4 stems celery – would’ve included the leaves, but we had none left
700g firm white fish – cut into squares/size of your preference
1 can tomatoes – chopped
2 fresh tomatoes – chopped
a handful of fresh chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
juice of 1 lemon
4 cloves garlic (adjust this to your preference), finely chopped
1 shallot, sliced
salt & pepper to taste
- Simple, simple method:
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. Lay a deep baking tray with foil, and coat it thinly with a little olive oil. Lay the fish out in a single layer.
Combine all other ingredients in a bowl, stirring it gently until it combines in an even mix. Pour this over the fish.
Cover the tray with foil, and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Remove the foil, and bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes. It should smell very fragrant and the fish should be juicy and very tender.
Serve with crusty bread/salad/both.