Friday, 2 August 2013

baked salmon and chorizo

... men... we're not very good in this heat are we..? particularly Londoners and city dwellers... it's the whole shorts / shoes / smart thing that we just can't get a handle on... do we wear shorts and risk the knobbly knee stares from our office compadres... and what shoes do we wear with them... the flip-flop - which happens to be my personal nemesis, is totally unacceptable for the hairy-toed male in an office situation... I love a suede brogue, a colourful sock and a nice pair of legs but then what do you wear on top... will a suit jacket go with shorts?  A shirt and tie maybe... it's just so confusing and very un-fair when you lucky ladies can quite literally throw on the skimpiest of light dresses and look fabulous and cool...

... as it happens I have rather fabulous legs and know a thing or two about footwear so you'll never see me with this kind of quandary, plus it's really all about confidence and I have buckets of that too... it's the poor sweltering suit-wearing chaps I feel sorry for... or do I?

baked salmon and chorizo
as far as food is concerned a little heat in the heat is always good for the soul and this tasty little gem serves to pep up what can sometimes be a rather dull flavoured fish.  The chorizo adds the right amount of spice to bring the salmon alive but the fennel and celery leaves, plus what's clearly turning out to be my favourite summer herb - lemon thyme, helps keep the freshness of the fish in the dish... a very light and quick steam in the oven also locks in these summery flavours so well... you don't need any extra oil as the chorizo is packed with it's own lovely fats, so it's win-win...  i'm entering this dish into the Cooking with Herbs bloggers challenge, hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage.  The challenge encourages us to use more herbs in our everyday cooking which is a lovely thing...

2 pieces of fresh salmon
10 slices of chorizo sausage
1/2 fennel bulb - finely sliced
2 sprigs lemon thyme
a handful of celery leaves

pre-heat your oven to 160C

tear off a sheet of foil and lay it onto a baking sheet, now tear off a larger sheet of parchment paper and scrunch it up, then flatten it out and lay it onto the foil

place 4 or 5 pieces of the chorizo onto the middle of the paper, then place on the fennel and lemon thyme followed by the pieces of salmon, then another 4 or 5 slices of chorizo and finally some torn celery leaves

wrap it up tightly, first in the paper, then the foil and bake for 7 - 10 mins depending on how well done you like your salmon... serve immediately

eat and of course, enjoy!



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