Monday, 25 June 2018

Flexitarian Week 4

Last week Thomas and I had a busy one with a trip to Malaga and night at the Cirque du Soleil, followed by a weekend in Granada with copius amounts of craft beer. Which meant whilst we tried to stick to our flexitarian plan we ended up with midweek meat based meals and seemingly a great deal of bread and cheese. However despite this we did manage to keep 4 days meat free, though not with the healthiest of choices!

This week we've had 4 days of vegetarian options. An impromptu bbq invite had us eating fish and chicken on Wednesday so Sunday was a veggie day with a hearty bean chilli. I got creative with some salads using sauted peaches, courgettes, mixed beans and pears to add texture and different flavours. I baked savoury carrot muffins fora mid-hike snack on Thursday whilst Saturday night was a mixed tapas which included beans and chorizo, peas and serrano ham, patatas bravas and stuffed pimentos, before going to watch the football in our local.

All this good food but if I had to pick a favourite meal it would be Friday night's panfried mackerel fillets with chorizo, leek and pear slaw. I'd never cooked mackerel before, let alone filleted them myself so after a quick watch of a "how to" video on YouTube I set to work in the kitchen. My attempts were fairly successful, perhaps leaving a little too much fish behind but the end result was pleasing. You could of course ask the fishmonger to do this for you but my Spanish is not that good yet.

Here's the recipe...
3 whole mackerel (approx 600g), filleted
1 pear, grated
2 leeks, finely sliced
1/4 Spanish onion, finely sliced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
2inch piece of picante Chorizo, skin removed, sliced and halved
Olive oil, butter, salt & pepper

Heat a little oil and butter in a pan, when the butter is bubbling add the onion and leeks then saute for a few minutes, cover and allow to wilt. 
Put the chorizo in another frying pan over a medium heat and cook until crispy on both sides (about 5 mins). 
Grate the pear into a bowl, squeeze out the juice and set aside (or just drink it, yum yum). Add the grated carrot.
When cooked add the chorizo, leaving the oil in the pan
Season the mackerel fillets then place skin side down in the chorizo oil pan, pushing down on each one to ensure they don't rise up, which would stop the skin getting nicely crisp. Cook for approx 5 mins then using a fish slice, flip over to cook on the flesh side for 1 min.
The leeks and onion should now be cooked through, tip into the bowl with pear, carrot and chorizo and give a good mix, season then spoon onto plates.
Top with the mackerel fillets and drizzle the remaining chorizo oil over the top

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Flexitarian Week 2

This week our challenge was to continue with a mix of vegetarian / non-vegetarian days but fit that around a day out with friends, when we knew we would wish to eat ham, cheese and bread. So Monday ended up a meat day but we started off with a fruit smoothie to give us a head start and a few of our 5-a-day. Thursday I persuaded Thomas to make the dinner, which meant a chicken option as he does the best schnitzel iI've ever had! So we ended up with 2 vegetarian days and 4 days with either meat, chicken or fish, but still plenty of fruit and veg too.

Banana, strawberry and loquat smoothie
Serano ham, pate, cheeses, crackers and bread, olives and red wine
Pistachio icecream .... could not resist!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Erbe's Flexitarian Menu Plan

It has been a long while since we have blogged about our Kitchen and the meals we are creating. Mostly because we have been working on a boat and had meals cooked for us, leaving little opportunity to get creative. But now we are bon land and taking control with a healthy eating plan.

So here's what was on the menu this week...

Porridge oats with apple and pear compote
Cheese Sandwich / Crackers
3- Bean chilli with brown rice

Fresh fruit and greek yoghurt
Lentil, courgette and pear salad
Mexican vegetable wraps, with salsa and guacamole

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Baked Fish with Fennel Cabbage and Lemon Gremolata

Continuing on with the Nordic theme diet, as promised I tried out the baked fish and lemon gremolata recipe. The verdict; "Very tasty" from Mr E. and "let's have this again". So that's a resounding success in my book!

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