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Friday 4 October 2013

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

It's that delicious time of the week again ... so what have we been up to? 

Well to give you the short version, it started off with this sentiment...

But ended like this...

While in the longer version, this week the Mice have mostly been...

Cooking up a storm...with yet another Ottolenghi creation!

This week has been pretty non-stop with very little time spent snuggled at London Towers. However, on the one evening that we were both in together, we decided to pretend it was Sunday night with a yum dinner, a glass of red wine and a catch up session on the new series of Downton Abbey! This time we picked Salmon Steaks with a Spicy Tomato Sauce, only we opted for salmon fillets instead which still worked really well... 

I know we say this EVERY time but it really was amazingly tasty - bursting with spicy flavour peppered with a good kick of chilli! Super quick and easy, we knocked together in 15 minutes flat and not all that bad fat-wise either if you ease up on the oil slightly! We complimented ours with lots of green veg to make up for the wine calories consumed, but it would work equally well with rice or cous cous.

So onto what you need...

1 tablespoon caraway seeds
8 tablespoons sunflower oil
3 tablespoons plain flour
4 salmon steaks (or fillets)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 chili (with seeds), chopped
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon (generous) cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Lemon wedges


Toast the caraway seeds in a small dry pan over medium heat for approx 2 mins, until slightly darker in colour and aromatic.

Remove from the pan and once cool grind in a pestle and mortar and set aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat.

Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Put all the flour in a shallow dish and cover the fish on both sides. Shake off excess and then cook the salmon in the heated oil until golden, approx 2 minutes per side. Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.

Wipe out the pan. Put the garlic, chilli, paprika, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, caraway, and 2 tbsp oil into a food processor to make a thick paste.

Heat remaining 4 tbsp oil in the pan over a medium heat. Add garlic paste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds (do not burn). Carefully add the tomato puree and 1/2 cup water to the pan and bring to a simmer; continue simmering for 30 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice and sugar and season with salt and pepper.

Return the salmon to the pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until fish is just cooked through, approx 7–11 minutes. Remove pan from heat, uncover, and let cool slightly.

Serve with chopped coriander and a wedge of lemon or in our case load in the veg...

Officially starting the Christmas Countdown... it's just 81 days now argggghhh! And what comes with this... LOTS of fabulously festive pop-ups, screenings and general opportunities to get into the Chrismassy spirit and act like you're ten again! PERFECT!

However what do we do over the coming months to kill time before the Big Day?! Without further ado let me tell you ... Forza Win have thought of the perfect solution - a fortnight of film and food in a cutting edge location of course! For just £10 you get a drink, a delicious snack from the Forza Win chefs and a comfy sofa seat at one of the chicest cinemas in town! Check out all details and programme of films right HERE starting from 8th October.

On that note, get your beautiful self out of the office, round up the girls, get the cocktails flowing and get celebrating because two days of FUN, FUN, FUN await! Happy Weekend!

The Mice x

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