Having spent lunch at one of Surrey’s finest hostelries, there was no way I wanted to cook something big for supper, so ended up searching for something light and tasty, using up what I had in the fridge. Searching for mackerel and rice, I actually found the following recipe on the BBC Food website. Making sure I had everything else in my cupboards, this recipe took about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. It had a clean spicy flavour and actually left me wanting more, after I finished my bowl. I have only just started getting in to rice dishes and this was nearly as good as the trio roast I had in the pub!
I might just have to re-use the base of this recipe later, as I have a ham end I need to use up 😉
1 tbsp olive oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp red curry paste
pinch caster sugar
800g cooked basmati rice (about 250g-300g uncooked)
small bunch spring onions, sliced
140g frozen peas
2 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra to serve
4 smoked mackerel fillets, flaked
1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Tip in the eggs and swirl to coat the base of the pan. Cook for 1 min, then flip and cook the other side until set. Remove and roughly chop into ribbons.
2. Add the curry paste and sugar and fry for 1 min. Tip in the rice and stir to coat in the paste, then add the spring onions and peas. Stir-fry for 2-3 mins until everything is really hot. Add the soy sauce, then gently toss through the omelette ribbons and mackerel.
3. Divide between 4 bowls and garnish with the cucumber. Serve with extra soy sauce, if you like.
In Greek: αρνί φρικασέ, pronounced ar-NEE free-kah-SEH
The Greek definition of “fricassee” may differ from what you know as a French dish, and this ‘is’ a Greek classic. Lamb fricassee with avgolemono (a traditional egg-lemon sauce) is a favourite in Greek homes.
It’s an easy recipe to make and a celebration of taste. This is a Jamie Oliver version of the famous dish and while it may not be the prettiest of dishes, it certainly makes up for it with a deep and hearty flavour!
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium-sized onion, sliced
2 bunches spring onions, including green stems, finely chopped
2 heads cos lettuce, washed and finely shredded
1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
1.5kg boned leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 5cm pieces
Green salad and bread, to serve
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Juice of 1½ lemons
1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan and sauté the lamb for 5–7 minutes or until browned on all sides. Add the garlic, onion and spring onions and cook for 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the lettuce and dill and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly until the lettuce wilts. Season generously with sea salt and ground black pepper. Add water to just cover the stew and simmer for 1½–2 hours or until the meat is tender.
2. For avgolemono, whisk the eggs and lemon juice together and ladle in some broth from the stew while whisking. Pour into the stew and combine wellwith a wooden spoon. Continue to stir over a low heat (being careful that the sauce does not curdle) for 3–5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread to mop up the sauce.