Meal planner: November 26
Hot smoked salmon salad; lamb short loin with warm potato salad; gurnard and couscous. Fresh, seasonal well-balanced meals created in partnership with New World
Simple meals need never be boring when you have shopped and prepared well.
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*Olive oil *Sea salt flakes *Black pepper *Penne *White wine vinegar *White wine *Dijon mustard *Garlic
12 small plum tomatoes or 250g small grape tomatoes
Bag salad leaves, plus extra for green salads
Basil, flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, French tarragon
2 medium onions
1 medium red onion
2 fennel bulbs
Baby new potatoes
300g Pams Finest Moroccan couscous
48g can anchovy fillets
250ml chicken stock
400ml vegetable stock
Pams Hot Smoked Salmon
4 Gurnard fillets
2 Lamb short loin (backstrap)
- Italian-style sausage usually refers to a style of pork sausage often seasoned with fennel seeds.
- If the fennel seeds have been toasted you can get a superior flavour.
- Swiss-style cheese being the generic name for several related varieties of cheese. Both Emmental and Gruyere come to mind for this recipe as they are savoury, but mild in taste.
- Toast pine nuts by heating 1 tsp olive oil in a frying pan. Add 2 Tbsp pine nuts. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until golden, 2-3 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.
- Semi-dried tomatoes store well, covered in olive oil, in the fridge for a few days. Roasted tomatoes are very versatile and can be added to salads and vegetable dishes for a burst of flavour and colour.
- Dressings can be made in 2-3 days in advance.
- Cook penne 1-2 hours ahead, drain, rinse and drizzle with oil to prevent sticking.
The second half of the semi-dried tomatoes for this salad make a pasta meal for another night. See recipe below.
12 small plum tomatoes or 250g chip small grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
Olive oil for drizzling
48g tin anchovies in oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 large handfuls of salad leaves
150g packet Pams Hot Smoked Salmon, flaked
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 Tbsp capers, drained
A small handful of basil leaves, torn if large
- Heat the oven to 150C. Line a shallow roasting tin with baking paper. Place the tomatoes in the roasting tin, cut side up, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes or until semi-dried. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- In a small food processor place the anchovies with their oil and the lemon juice. Process to a puree. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Season with sea salt flakes. If necessary thin dressing with a little (1 Tbsp) cold water.
- In a large shallow serving bowl arrange the salad leaves. Place over the Pams Hot Smoked Salmon then about half of the semi-roasted tomatoes (reserving half for the pasta dish, below). Scatter over the toasted pine nuts, capers and basil leaves.
- Drizzle salad with enough of the dressing to moisten. Serve any remaining dressing separately. Serves 4
Penne with semi-roasted tomatoes and fennel
Use the second half of the semi-dried tomato halves for a pasta meal: Heat the oven to 190C. Line a shallow roasting tin with baking paper. Spread 2 thinly sliced fennel bulbs and 2 medium onions, thinly sliced, evenly in the roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast, stirring occasionally for about 20-25 minutes until soft. Remove from the oven and set aside. Place ¼ cup olive oil and 2 cloves finely chopped garlic in a small saucepan and heat slowly. Once hot, remove and add a few pitted olives. Add to a bowl of cooked penne with the roasted fennel and onion. Add semi-roasted tomato halves and fronds from the fennel bulbs, chopped (or use dill). Mix well.
Make a larger quantity of the warm potato salad, add sausage and you have dinner for another night. See recipe here.
Look out for New Zealand spring lamb in your local New World. While lamb is available all year round, new spring lamb is extra tender and flavourful. Talk to your New World in-store butcher about the best cuts for your dish.
Couscous with softened onion and pumpkin seeds, pan-fried fish and a sprinkling of mint; a simple but flavoursome meal for a busy time of year.