I’m a pescetarian, and for those of you who may not know what that is, I’m basically a vegetarian who eats fish. Around my house, I’m just known as a Pesky… There are some people who choose this lifestyle on moral grounds (someone I know has recently decided this), because they may treat fish as different to regular mammals. That’s not why I do it – it’s for health reasons. One recipe I love, though, is roasted salmon.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Salmon fillet
- Lemon juice
- Herbs (standard mixed herbs are fine)
- Sweet potato
- Spring/winter greens
- Garlic (optional)
- Olive oil
First of all, heat the oven to 200 degrees (180 fan). Peel and chop the sweet potato into chips – I like mine chunky, but it’s up to you how large you do them – and put some oil in an oven dish. Put the sweet potato in, and sprinkle some salt on top. Shove in the oven for about half an hour, or until they look kinda caramelised.
Next, put the salmon in an oven-able dish, and in it put a knob of butter, a sprinkle of herbs, and a bit of lemon juice. Cover it with foil. That should take around twenty minutes to half an hour in the oven.
Then we have the easy bits. Cut the leek into chunks, and cook this on a low to moderate heat with a bit of butter or oil, it’s really up to you, until they’re soft. This usually takes around five to ten minutes. Next, remove the stalk-y bit from the greens and roughly chop them. Now, you can do this a couple of different ways – either cook with just a little bit of water, or add a bit of butter, or cook them in oil, or alternatively you can crush and chop a clove of garlic and cook them in oil with the garlic. Because they’re leaves, they don’t take too long to cook, but obviously if you cook more of them, they’ll take longer. I do enough for one person and it’s usually done in about seven minutes.
Finally, plate up! This is a really simple, half-hour dinner and it’s great for school nights when you can’t be bothered to do anything. The half an hour is a welcome break from studying, and it’s a healthy dinner, entirely natural, nothing processed. Enjoy!