Marinated Salmon and Poached Egg Toast

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Marinated salmon is for me the taste of Christmas, or at least it was until I started making batch after batch of it, becoming almost a permanent fixture in my fridge… perfect on crackers with some cream cheese, love it in a salad with spinach, feta and walnuts and of course as the star ingredient of my very favorite weekend breakfast/brunch, marinated salmon & poached egg toast!

My mum started making marinated salmon as a Christmas treat when we were kids, but funny enough, she used to get the curing salts already made from one particular shop, until one day they had the brilliant idea of changing the formula, ruining our Christmas menu in the process! My mum swore the new salts were not near as good as the originals. So that was that, my mum didn’t dare to try her own concoction and we never saw her beautiful marinated salmon again.

Not too long time ago, I decided I have had enough of missing my beloved marinated salmon, so I decided to take matters into my own hands; after a few trial and error attempts, I found the perfect recipe, and it couldn’t be any easier to make; there is almost not right or wrong when it comes to marinated salmon, it is a matter of taste and discovering what you like.

The curing salts consist of equal parts of salt and sugar, and then any flavoring you dare adding, dill, 4 peppercorn mix, grated beetroot, lemon rind… you name it… the tricky part is to balance the thickness of the salmon fillet, how much weight you put on top of it while curing and for how long you it leave to marinate. To be honest, unless you forget it in the fridge for days it is quite difficult to stuff up, is that easy to make. Use this recipe as a guideline, and then you can adjust it to your liking or the quantity of salmon you are preparing.

Now every weekend can potentially taste like Christmas… yippee!!!

Salmon

Marinated-Salmon

Marinated-Salmon-and-Poached-Egg-Toast

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Marinated Salmon and Poached Egg Toast

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 x 250g (8oz) fresh salmon fillets, pin bones removed. Previously frozen and defrosted
  • 4 thick slices crusty or sourdough grainy bread, toasted
  • 4 medium free range eggs, poached to your liking
  • baby spinach, washed
  • homemade aioli
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Curing Mixture
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I used raw sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon salt (I used kosher salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed 4 peppercorn mix (black, white, green & red)

Directions

  1. Mix curing mixture ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Pat dry salmon fillets. Get a big piece of cling film and place it the the kitchen bench. Arrange one piece of salmon, skin side down in one end of the cling film. Cover flesh side evenly with the curing mixture. Cover second piece of salmon (flesh side) with the curing mixture as well
  3. Sandwich salmon fillets (flesh sides touching) and wrap tightly with the cling film. Place in a container and weight fillets down with something flat (like a carton of juice) Place in the fridge and let marinate for 24 hours
  4. Take marinated salmon from the fridge, unwrap and rinse quickly under the running tap. Pat dry with paper towels (try not to remove all the dill) Wrap in clean cling film. Keep in the fridge and slice when needed. Will keep in the fridge for 3 - 4 days
  5. Assemble Toast
  6. Spread a good dollop of aioli on each toast. Top with spinach leaves, thinly sliced marinated salmon, and poached egg. Season with freshly cracked black pepper
http://www.danceofsaucepans.com/marinated-salmon-poached-egg-toast/

Monkfish in Almond Sauce

Monkfish-in-Almond-Sauce

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

This is going to sound like an ad, but… fish is so good for you, has all the vitamins & minerals and it is a great lean protein… why then do I keep ignoring its existence I wonder? We eat a little salmon, now and then and that is about it… so tonight, we are having fresh fish.

The Almond sauce is an easy one, has a subtle flavour accentuated by the addition of a little smoked paprika, but at the same time lets the delicate, almost sweet flavour of the fish shine through.

I like using monkfish; here in New Zealand is quite inexpensive and I love its meaty texture, but this sauce will work fine with any white fish. Serve it with mash or boiled potatoes and add some greens for a balanced meal.

A nutritious, tasty & budget friendly dinner for the family… I say hello fishy, nice to see you!

Monkfish

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Monkfish in Almond Sauce

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Monkfish in Almond Sauce

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 45g (1.5 oz) ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 - 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 slice of bread (25g - 1oz)
  • handful parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup fish stock
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 750g (1+1/2 lb) monkfish fillets, cut in medallions
  • salt & pepper
  • To Serve
  • wilted baby spinach
  • potato mash with chives
  • toasted flaked almonds - optional
  • a little smoked paprika - optional

Directions

  1. Heat a big frying pan over moderate heat. Dry fry ground almonds for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring often. Place in your food processor. Set aside
  2. Add olive oil to the pan. Cook garlic cloves and bread until golden brown. Take garlic & bread out (leaving the rest of the oil in the pan) and place in the food processor together with the toasted ground almonds, parsley, paprika & fish stock; process until smooth. Set aside
  3. Cook onion and green pepper until they start to soften. Add chopped tomato, cook for a few minutes. Stir in wine and let evaporate slightly
  4. Place seasoned fish medallions on one layer in the pan, nestling them among vegetables. Cover with almond sauce, lower heat and simmer covered for 2 - 3 minutes, flipping fish once carefully
  5. To serve
  6. Place a bed of creamy chive potato mash on each warmed plate. Arrange some spinach, fish medallions and drizzle with plenty of sauce. Scatter some toasted almonds and sprinkle a little smoked paprika to finish it off
http://www.danceofsaucepans.com/monkfish-almond-sauce/