My dear father is constantly on a diet. Well, more precisely, my mother has him on a diet constantly. Realistically my father loves food a lot, and as much as he loves my mother he loves food a lot still. The great thing about my father loving food is that he is passionate about cooking. Going home to visit the family is akin to popping into a nice restaurant. My mother chooses and chills the wine, my father cooks something mouthwatering. It's moment like that, I really appreciate how lucky I am. Despite worries about health and money, family are very important to me and the times we spend together are priceless.
The most recent diet, 'The Fast Diet' seems to be working out reasonably well, but this most recent dish really got me excited. Easy to make and only 300 calories, what is there not to love?
Baked Salmon or 'O'Kelly Fish':
(Taken from the Times Colour Supplement)
300 Calories per portion
400g trimmed green beans, blanched and refreshed
200g asparagus spears, blanched and refreshed
1 tsp chilli flakes
Salt and pepper
Juice of two lemons plus husks
2 tbsp olive oil
30g black Greek olives
4 vines of cherry tomatoes, vines included
4 salmon fillets (100g each)
Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 5.
Place the blanched veggies and seasoning in a large roasting pan, squeezing over the juice of one lemon. Drizzle with olive oil scatter in the olives and place the tomatoes on top. Arrange the fillet, skin side down, on top and squeeze over the second lemon throwing in the husks. Roast for 20 minutes. The tomatoes and lemons will make a wonderful juice to spoon over the fish.
Serve in an open dish so that you can delight at the colours and presentation!