King Prawn & Cod Tacos

I’ve been wanting to try fish tacos for a while now, and when I saw this recipe in a magazine I picked up a few months ago I kept it to one side. A couple of weeks ago my friend Lauren came for a girls night in, we cracked open a couple of bottles of wine and gave it a shot, and were both pretty impressed!

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We also made a bowl of guacamole and we used our standard salsa recipe, not just for the tortilla chips we had, but for the actual filling in the tacos.

Salsa

– Tomatoes – (around 6 if you are making extra salsa on the side, or 2 – 3 if just using this for the filling)

– 1 small red onion

– 1 red chillies

– bunch of coriander

– half a lime

– salt, to taste

For the paste

– 1 tblsp of olive oil

– 1 tsp of jerk powder

– small handful of chopped coriander

– 1/2 a finely chopped green chilli

– pinch of rock salt

– juice of 1/2 a lime

-2 fresh cod loins

-15 king prawns (already cooked)

-taco shells

– 1 bag of rice (we went for a bag of coconut, chilli & lemongrass steamed rice by Tildas)

-1 avocado

Mix all your ingredients for your paste together in a bowl, then add your cod loins to the mixture. Wrap the bowl in foil, and leave in the fridge for an hour.

While the fish is marinading, you can begin preparing your salsa. Simply finely chop your tomatoes, onion, chilli and coriander, mix together in a bowl, seasoning with rock salt and lime juice.  If you are having crisps, set some of the salsa to one side, and then roughly chop your prawns and add these to the salsa meant for the taco filling.

Pre heat the oven to gas mark 6. Make a sort of bag with silver foil, placing your cod in the middle of it. Scrunch the ends up so that none of the juice can escape while it’s cooking, and place in the oven. At around 15 minutes, add your tacos to the oven to warm through and put your rice in the microwave to cook, and once this is ready, everything should be ready to plate up.

Grab a taco shell, pop some rice at the bottom, add a little cod, some prawns & salsa and a piece of avocado, and if I could add emoticons onto this post I’d be using that one with the index finger and thumb together in the A OK sign!

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I’m not the hugest fan of standard beef tacos so these were a refreshing change, and I also didn’t find them as heavy and filling. Perfect with a couple of beers to round the week off!

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Cherry Bakewell Fairy Cakes

I’m not a huge sweet lover, I am more of a savory fan, but the last three Fridays have seen me ending my working week de-stressing by doing a batch of baking. There is something more relaxing I find about baking – providing it’s not a complicated recipe – when I’ve had a busy week or I’ve got things on my mind, following a uniformed recipe seems to make me calm down a bit, relax a little more. Add to that the addition of a nice glass of wine, and after an hour or so a nice homemade treat, and it’s currently my favourite way to spend my Friday nights. 

I’ve had in my head for a few weeks the idea of making some muffins/buns/cupcakes – that kind of thing, so I went scouring the internet, Pinterest, my bookmarks, until I found a couple of ideas I liked the sound of. Cherry Bakewell cakes sounded appealing – if I was going to pick up any Mr Kipling cakes I’d most likely pick cherry bakewells. This recipe certainly is just as it sounds – they taste amazing and are so simple and easy. 

– 100g self – raising flour

– 100g caster sugar

– 100g butter

– 2 eggs

– 1 tsp almond extract

– 4 tbsp raspberry jam

– 100g icing sugar

– 2 tbsp boiling water

– 12 glace cherries

Preheat the oven to 180°C, and get your bun tin ready with your cake cases. 

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then one at a time add your eggs. Mix in the almond extract. Once all this is combined, fold in your flour until everything is combined. 

Place one dessert spoon of mixture in each case. Top each one with a teaspoon of jam, then a further teaspoon of cake batter, creating a cake batter – jam – batter sandwich! The jam will sink when they are in the oven. Bake these for around 18 minutes (or until they are golden/have risen). Set these to one side to cool for around 25 minutes. 

To make your icing, mix your icing sugar and water together until it has formed a smooth icing paste. Try to resist eating it straight from the bowl, and smooth it over each cake, topping each cake with a cherry before setting aside to further cool. 

I’ve been eating an abundance of these for the last three days and think I prefer when they have been in the fridge as the icing is kept lovely and hard. Icing is by far my favourite part of any cake! 

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Roasted Broccoli (& More salmon!)

Broccoli is probably one of my favourite vegetables, but one I don’t eat anywhere near enough of. I picked one up last week and knew I wanted to cook it up on Saturday but the usual way of cooking it wasn’t appealing to me. I remembered in the back of my mind seeing something on Pinterest about roasting it instead and after a quick search and 25 minutes cooking my new obsession with the green was born!

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This is the most simplest thing to prepare, cook, and eat: Cut your broccoli into florets and spread evenly onto a baking tray. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, and generously season with salt. Bake in a pre heated oven on gas mark 6 for around 25 minutes. Or, like me, you can remove after around 15 minutes and sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and then return to the oven for another 5 – 10 minuets.

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The result is a crunchy and salty kind of broccoli – different to the soggy greens often served up on a Sunday roast! It reminded me of kale which is another favourite. I enjoyed this so much I have made the same thing today. Yesterday I paired it with cajun salmon and new potatoes and today I’m serving it up with nandos chicken, rice and halumi cheese.

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Since I mention salmon in almost every post lately I thought I would give a little tip when it comes to buying it. Salmon can be really expensive, often around £4.50 for just two fillets, and don’t even get me started on the size of those little thin pieces you get in a two pack, I find them a total waste of money! One thing I have learned and started doing in the last couple of months is to keep an eye on the deals on the fish counter. A few months ago I got a side of salmon from Asda for £9. I cut this up when I got home into 6 generous portions – probably a bit too big, I could have got more out of it, but even with 6 portions this would have easily cost over the £9 I paid to buy them separately. Last month, I saw that Morrisons had half price deals on their fish counter and I managed to pick up a whole salmon for £20.50. £20 might seem like a lot – but I managed to get 16 pieces out of this! It would cost a lot more than £20 to get that many pieces separately.

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So I shall leave it here with my advice for the week simply being: go to the supermarket, buy a whole salmon from a fish counter, buy some broccoli and roast it!

Hope everyone has had a brilliant weekend!

xxx

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