Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Salsa Swordfish

Well I am back. I had a fantastic holiday. I apologise that I didn't post anything interesting about the food we had on holiday, but nothing really stood out. I did however have a very relaxing time and great bonding time with my family.

Last night was the first time I actually got back into my kitchen, and it was great to be home. The weather was (and still is) very hot, so I wanted something simple, but tastey to celebrate being home.

Once again I went to my favourite fish shop - Fish 4 Africa, in Monte Vista. I am always amazed at the variety they have, and how inexpensive everything is. I decided on swordfish, it was beautifully fresh and as Jamie Oliver likes to say "cheap as chips"!

The preparation of the fish is extremely simple.

Oven Grilled Sword Fish
Pre Heat your grill (top element) for 15 minutes.
Place a wire rack into a baking sheet (line it with foil to make cleaning up easier) and heat in the oven. The fish must not be cooked on a flat surface, otherwise it will stew. I used my metal cooling rack in a large roasting pan.
Marinade the fish steaks for an hour in a mixture of lemon juice, a little garlic and olive oil.
Place the steaks on the rack and grill until done. Only grill on one side.
Be careful not to over cook, as dried out sword fish is like cardboard!

The salsa I served with was a definite hit with everyone - even my sceptical 13 year old.

3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tbsp mint leaves
2 tbsp capers in salt (you could also use the ones in brine)
1 Green Chilli (optional)
6 anchovy fillets in oil, drained
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 lemon, juice only
120 ml extra virgin olive oil ( I used lemon infused olive oil)
Black pepper

Blend all the ingredients together in your processor.
You should not have to add salt to this, as the capers and anchovy give it enough.
I served this in a bowl, so that everyone could help themselves.

This dish proves that good food can be easy and affordable.

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Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Welcome back, it sounds as if you had great fun. The fish and salsa looks delicious, I think I am off to Fish for Africa today.

Rose&Thorn said...

I know you will not be disappointed. the service is so good, you just want to buy everything.

Kit said...

I'm going to have to find this shop - we're outside Cape Town but if it's not too fat off the N7 I can make a detour on my way home from town and try it. I never cook fish and my excuse is that there isn't a good fish shop anywhere near us. I'll be coming here for the recipe when I've got some!

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