Poached Salmon with Sautéed Greens

Poaching fish is easy peasy! Give this super simple recipe a go!

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Fish. What’s better than a perfectly cooked salmon (or any fish for that matter) with some sautéed greens for a beautiful dinner with your loved one? Um nothing tops that.

This is by far one of our go to meals a couple of times per week. When buying your fish try and opt for organic wild caught and for your vegetables try to shop at your local farmers market on a Saturday morning for local produce (so much fun!) or your nearest health food store for organic produce.

Enjoy kids!


Ingredients: Serves Two

2 organic wild caught salmon fillets

A fresh variety of organic  greens (kale, silver beet, rainbow chard, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini) Pick all or just a few, but try and make it fun!

1 tablespoon of organic ghee

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 organic avocado (optional)

Fresh organic parsley

1/2 organic lemon

Pepper and salt to taste


Before you start with the salmon, you need to get started on the vegetables!

Wash all your green vegetables thoroughly before roughly chopping into bite sized chunks then place them into a bowl and put aside for the mean time.


Poaching your salmon

  1. Place the two salmon fillets in a pot or large pan (with room for some water)
  2. Fill the pan with some filtered water, covering half of the fillets
  3. Drizzle with two tablespoons of EVOO
  4. Turn the pan onto a medium heat and poach (with the lid removed) for around 5-10 minutes. ** The time will depend on how large your fillets are and how well done you prefer your fish

Sautéing your greens

  1. In a pan, place in all your vegetables with a dash of filtered water. Bring to boil then turn down to medium heat and sauté for around 5-10 minutes
  2. Once ready, turn off the heat and mix through the ghee

Plating

  1. First gently place your vegetables down on the plates then top with your succulent poached salmon
  2. Slice some fresh avocado on the side
  3. Top with fresh parsley, pepper & salt and dress with lemon

 

E.A.T

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Crispy Skin Salmon with a Radish and Parmesan Salad

Spring Dinner Idea

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Ingredients 

As we always say, try and opt for as much organic produce as possible!

2 Salmon fillets

2-3 Radish heads plus leaves

Parmesan (we use Organic Dairy Farmers parmesan)

3 Parsnips (make sure they are small, if you can only find large parsnips then you only need one)

2 Carrots (medium)

Fresh Parsley (a few stems plus leaves)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

Coconut Oil (1 tsp)

Pepper

Himalayan Salt

*We also added some ByronBay sauerkraut. The Tasmanian seaweed flavour goes quite well with this dish!


Method

Preheat the oven to 180 d/c

Meanwhile, wash your vegetables thoroughly. Slice through the parsnips and carrots length ways. We did this by slicing the parsnips in half, then in quarters. We had small parsnips therefore our long pieces were relatively fine

Repeat with the carrots. If your carrots are rather long, chop in half horizontally first then slice down length ways

On a tray, place your vegetables and 1 tbsp of olive oil, pepper, and salt and give them a good mix. Place them in the oven for around 25 minutes (this will vary depending on how thick your vegetables pieces are)

Wash your radish, then cut off the leaves. Finely chop the leaves with the parsley creating a green salad. Then slice through your radish making fine circles. Grab a peeler, and peel fine strips off the parmesan. Once you have these three components done, you can gently mix them all together in a small bowl with the remainder of olive oil

Check on the parsnip and carrots, if you can easily place a knife through them you know they’re nearly done. This gives you the all clear to start your salmon. On a fry pan add one teaspoon of coconut oil and wait until pan is hot. Then place your salmon fillets with skin side down. Salmon generally takes around 5 minutes on each side. However this will depend on the thickness of your salmon and how cooked you prefer it

Once ready, take out the vegetables from the oven, and place on two plates or on a sharing board. Repeat this with your radish salad

Bring the salmons to the table and voila you have yourself a nourishing meal to share with your loved one! (or ones)


Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Vegetable, Grilled Eggplant and Charred Kale Salad

This dish was quite possibly one of the most satisfying meals we have made! (well most definitely in our top 5). It was rich in flavours and just really hit the spot. It doesn’t take much preparation so there are no excuses with this one!

We enjoyed this meal the day our mum came home from Europe. We spent the whole day chatting and catching up on the past two months. This dish with a glass of organic shiraz was the perfect end to the day

Enjoy this meal, and every other meal, with your loved ones. No one should ever eat alone

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Ingredients (Serves two as a main)

All our ingredients were organic. Try eat organic vegetables (especially leafy greens) where possible

– 1/2 a small eggplant

– 1/2 a sweet potato (or one small sweet potato)

– 2 handfuls of brussel sprouts

– 2 handfuls of curly kale (around three leaves)

– 2 wild salmon fillets

– 1/2 an avocado

– 2 tablespoons of pistachio kernels

– Sicilian olives (around six per person or how ever many you desire)

– 2 cloves of garlic

– Parsley (to garnish)

– Extra virgin olive oil

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– Himalayan salt and pepper

– 1 teaspoon of ground sage


Method (you will need an oven, grill, fry pan and wok)

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius

Wash all vegetables thoroughly

Roughly chop sweet potato and keep brussel sprouts whole. Place them on a tray with the garlic cloves (you can keep the cloves whole or chop them roughly)

Drizzle your vegetables with one tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and salt. Massage the oil into the vegetables and place in the oven to roast for around 30-40 minutes

Once your vegetables have been in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turn on your grill and slice 1/2 the eggplant in half again, making two quarters. Make a few slits in the eggplant (not on the skin side) and massage around one tablespoon (or slightly less) of olive oil, pepper, salt and ground sage all over and in between the slits of the eggplant. Place under the grill with the skin side facing down. The eggplant will take around 15 minutes (may take longer depending on how high you put your grill on – keep your eye on them)

Check your vegetables, if you can easily place a knife through the sweet potato thats the sign that you can start your salmon fillets!

On a fry pan, place the coconut oil and wait until the pan heats up. Then place your salmon fillets with a drizzle of lemon and pepper. Salmon usually takes around 5 minutes each side, however this will depend on your frypan and how cooked you like your fish

Slice 1/2 your avocado in half again, making two quarters. We then decided to grill our avocado for a few minutes (feel free to keep your avocado fresh – grilled and fresh avocado taste quite different and can change the taste of your dish. With this in mind, grilled avocado went perfectly with this dish)

Once your fish is nearly ready (or ready), roughly chop the kale and place on a wok with a dash of water. Sauté the kale for only 3 minutes

Now you will be ready to start serving. So! First place your sautéed kale on two plates. Then top with your sweet potato and brussel sprouts. Grab your eggplant and chop into thick chunks then place on plates. Grab your avocado and either slice or leave whole and place on plates. Grab your salmon fillets and roughly chop into thick chunks… then guess what… place them on the plates

Add your olives and pistachio kernels

Garnish with some fresh parsley!

Spring Salad Series #1

Sautéed Greens with crispy skin Salmon. 

Spring is all about spending time with family and friends on weekends, cooking and eating in the garden. It’s about frolicking amongst the freshly blossomed flowers and drinking rose in the sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to prep yourself for summer. By this we mean, starting to cook with lighter, fresher and more vibrant foods.

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How wonderful is spring?

We definitely love it so we thought what a better way of celebrating then introducing a new spring salad every week to share with you all. Salads make up about 2 to 3 of our meals everyday, so you know, we kind of know how to make a bloody good one. 

This recipe is a staple in our diet as we make it on a regular basis. Salmon is one of our favourite foods, and who doesn’t love green veggies?  Oh and cheese is also a winner.

Make this salad and enjoy it with your family outside in the sunshine. We would absolutely love to hear any feedback from you so please don’t be a stranger!

Ingredients 

*Try to opt for organic vegetables if possible. Spring is for detoxing the system so reducing your chemical intake is ideal. 

– 1 broccoli head (and stem)

– 2 handfuls of brussel sprouts

– 1 cup of frozen peas

– 1 leek

– 1 zucchini (ribbons)

– 1/2 an avocado

– 2 Atlantic Salmon fillets with the skin on

– 2 slices of cheddar cheese (optional)

– 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar

– 1 Lemon

– 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– Pepper and salt to taste

Method

1. Thoroughly wash all vegetables before roughly chopping. Chop all vegetables except the zucchini as you will need to use a peeler to obtain the ‘ribbon effect’.

2. Once vegetables are prepared, heat your coconut oil in a wok and sauté the leek until slightly brown and tender. Meanwhile, squeeze half of your lemon onto the salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Once leek is ready, add the remaining vegetables with a dash of water and apple cider vinegar (sauté for a maximum of five minutes as green vegetables should not be cooked for too long as they loose their nutritional value)

4. As your vegetables are cooking, heat up a another pan with some coconut oil for your salmon fillets. Salmon should take about 4 minutes each side depending on how you like it.

5. Once the fish and vegetables are cooked, distribute the greens onto two plates. Top with the salmon, avocado and the cheddar.

6. Finally, a dash of olive oil, some pepper, a tad of apple cider vinegar and parsley (if you have it) will top this dish off perfectly.

Creamy Pesto

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So, for our dad’s birthday we decided to have a relaxed night and cook him dinner at home. The menu was decided the day before – oven baked atlantic salmon on a bed of fresh spinach, roasted vegetables and blistered tomatoes. To us – this sounded wonderful. Not sure if many of you are aware, but atlantic salmon is by far our most favourite meal.

Anyway, a few wines into the night, we decided to start on dinner. Everything was going well until Mel asked ‘Sarah, what do we do about a sauce…?’.

The thing is, we never add sauces or condiments to our meals when cooking for just the two of us. We’re not saying we like plain food (…ew), we consider our cooking more along the lines of gourmet. We live by the philosophy that simply food, in it’s purest form – is the best. You know, herbs and veggies from your garden, good quality cheese, plump olives, heaps of good quality fats, home baked bread – you get the picture.

Also, due to our Italian background (thanks mum), we probably cook with a bit of mediterannean influence. Lots of olive oil , fresh herbs and red wine. Despite these lovely flavours, we never add ‘sauces’. If you appreciate the versatility of olive oil, you’ll understand this.

Back on track…as we were cooking for our food loving father, we thought a sauce would be more than ideal. SO in a frenzy amidst our food prep, we rushed to the herb garden and picked some beauties to make a lovely pesto. By the way, we cooked a dinner for four after three glasses of red. Go us..

This creamy pesto is full of life and love.

Just the way italians like it.

Ingredients 

– Half a cup of basil leaves

– Three twigs of rosemary (about a quarter of a cup)

– Thyme leaves (we just added a few as we were short for time and the leaves take a while to pick from the stem. If you have your own herb garden you’ll understand – terrible we know)

– Two cups of spinach leaves

– A third of a cup of walnuts (macadamia nuts would also work)

– A quarter of a cup of goats cheese

– A pinch of himalayan salt (do not use table salt! Table salt os very bad for you, we will be blogging about this shortly)

– Pepper to taste

– A quarter of a cup of extra virgin olive oil

– A quarter of a cup of water

Method

Look it would be great if we could post some long description as to how to actually make this marvellous spread in an attempt to make it look sophisticated and complicated but it really is too simply…Literally chuck all the ingredients into a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor on hand, a blender will work perfectly.

Serve this spread as desired. We loved it on our fish, but it would go lovely on a piece of freshly baked bread.

Done and Dusted.

M + S xx

 

Twins in the Kitchen

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Now as much as we love going out for delicious meals, home cooking is also on our ‘favourite things to do’ list. Being able to cook whatever fancies our taste buds right there and then, whether it be boiled eggs on toast or a nutritious ‘rainbow bowl’ for dinner, is simply a sensationally satisfying feeling.

As we have quite ‘busyish’ lives, whipping up a healthy and super tasty meal does not take us long at all, as who needs to spend hours in the kitchen to produce something amazing…?

Therefore, our well balanced meals comprise of our favourite reoccurring ingredients prepared differently depending on the occasion, almost always involving protein, vegetables and grains.

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Here are a few breakfasts/dinners that we eat on quite a regular basis..

Our top picks for Breakfast

– Sliced avocado, smoked salmon and thinly sliced tomato on gluten free bread *, topped with our dukkah or pumpkin seeds. Seems to be our first pick if we want something quick and when too hungry to cook something that takes longer than 5 mins…

– Two boiled eggs, sliced avocado on gluten free bread, also topped with our dukkah. Such a soul-satisfying post ‘hot yoga’ feed.

– Cinnamon oats cooked on the stove, with organic greek yogurt *, fresh banana, frozen blueberries heated in the microwave and sprinkled with almonds and shredded coconut. Perfect on a cold winter’s morning.

– Two broken up banana/raspberry oat cookies (recipe found on Ashlyn Lincoln’s blog) topped with organic greek yogurt, fresh fruit (banana and berries), nuts and shredded coconut.

Favourite Lunches/Dunches/Dinners

– Atlantic Salmon fillet, accompanied with a selection of roasted and fresh veggies (whatever we have in the fridge), or enjoyed with zucchini or carrot noodles topped with an avocado/pea/basil mash. Simple, yet utterly delicious

– Poached chicken mixed with quinoa, lentils, all sorts of veg, fresh tomato, spinach, avocado, hummus or organic yogurt . Presented in a bowl, as food always tastes better in bowls…

– What we like to call our ‘rainbow’ or ‘budda’ bowl. Involves a selection of raw/roasted veggies (grated carrot and zucchini, raw mushrooms, steamed or roasted pumpkin/brussel sprouts etc), quinoa or another type or grain, lentils, peas, grilled haloumi (absolute fav), boiled eggs or poached chicken, finished with a dollop of organic greek yogurt or hummus

– Our very own VegieBar ‘house salad with tempeh’. Our go to meal at VegieBar is always their house salad, therefore we try and recreate it at home. Simply involves raw and cooked vegetables of allllll sorts, pan fried tempeh, drizzled all over with tahini mmmm yummo!

– Weekends are for devouring homemade pizzas. All of the veggies in the fridge, with either poached chicken or shredded turkey, are precisely placed on gluten free base that is smothered in hummus or organic tomato base sauce. Always topped with fresh avocado, bocconcini cheese, olives, raw mushrooms and fresh basil. You can never go wrong with a pizza, never, ever.

* We choose to buy ‘PureBred Bakery’ multigrain farmhouse loaf. Its gluten and wheat free, our perfect kind of bread.

* Our yogurt is the ‘Five:am’ greek style organic yogurt, amazingly delicious.

Love M + S

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Gid – Giddd – Giddiup!

As we sit at our dining room table, sipping on a glass of pinot with the scent of a tiger lily candle drifting in the air, we’re blissfully dwelling over our beautiful morning.

The sun was shining on this comforting autumns day – the perfect scene to be strolling the streets of South Melbourne.

For locals of this area, Saturday morning means market morning. Therefore, finding a park was rather tricky…

Nevertheless, after a few rounds, we found one!

Now to breaky….we already had a cafe in mind, one that we visited way back, in the year of 2012.

To think that two years has already gone by makes you realise how quickly life just goes.

Anyway, lets not get emotional this is a breakfast post after all

So back to G i d d i u p.

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Despite the fact that this cafe is quite small, the white walls and wide windows creates a sense of space. They have kept to the theme of black and white with minimal decor, yet thats all they need as the simplicity reflects its modern character.

Everything on the menu shouts out yum, with avocado popping up on a few dishes. This automatically drew us in. We decided to opt for a deconstructed meal of poached eggs on gluten free bread (of course), with a side of avo and smoked salmon – our usual pick for when we’re craving something fresh and simple.

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It not only gave us the energy we needed after our morning run, but also made us feel  h a p p y  inside. After a tough week filled with stress chaos and confusion, this was definitely needed.

There aren’t many cafes out there that can give you that ‘feel good’ feeling, sorry guys, not sure how else to put it. This cafe literally just makes you feel good. Thats good hey?

M + S x

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269 Coventry Street South Melbourne