James Martin moules marinière

My fiancé loves moules marinière, so I wanted a classic recipe for two, and came across James Martin’s brilliant recipe.

I’ve found that cooking with shellfish is really simple – the rules are there to follow, and when you do, you can’t go wrong.

You can access James’ recipe by clicking here.

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Grandad’s mussel linguine (Linguine con cozze di Nonno)

Another Jamie Oliver recipe that is simple quick and delicious – however, the recipe on the website is slightly wrong.

The website tells you to get 1kg of mussels for two, but then only uses a handful. 1kg of mussels for two is fine if that’s all you’re having with a sauce, but 1kg on mussels with pasta is far too much, so make sure you get a smaller amount.

Glitch aside, mussels are beautiful, so easy to cook and not too expensive. We will make this again.

Spaghetti vongole

I’ve wanted to cook this dish ever since watching Gennaro Contaldo cook his version on YouTube. Jamie has his own version which is exactly the same but with an addition of tomatoes (I went without ala Gennaro).

This is one of the simplest and delicious dishes you could ever make, so no wonder ‘This delicious Venetian clam pasta started life as peasant food, and has become an Italian classic…’ 

The key here is to have everything ready: ingredients out, wine opened, stalks of parsley chopped and leaves set aside. The actual cooking time and method is extremely quick and simple, with many things happening at once in no longer than ten minutes from board to bowl.

If you are looking for a new pasta dish to try at home, pop down to your fish monger, get 400g of clams (that’s enough for two) and give this a go.

Smokey chorizo salmon

Another one from Jamie Oliver’s ‘5’, and another one in which the name says pretty much all you need to know.

Chorizo (in my opinion) makes everything better, it’s just wonderful, and the flavours of the sausage work well with the salmon (which can handle it.) Tomato and basil is a tried and tested combo, and this is just another ‘why didn’t I think of that’ simple dish.

Beautiful.

Kerryann’s tuna pasta bake – Jamie Oliver

This is a lovely recipe!

Everyone likes a pasta bake, but it’s so unsatisfying boiling pasta, opening a jar, stirring and baking.

This recipe tastes delicious, but involves you putting in a little bit more effort. You still feel as though you’re having a pasta filled, cheese topped naughty dinner, but you feel you’ve gone some way to deserving it!

You can find Kerryann’s tuna pasta bake by clicking here.

Haddock in basil oil with green beans and roasted tomatoes

We had some ingredients (particularly basil) to use up so I thought I would have a crack at making a quick and simple dish on my own, based on some other recipes I’d tried previously.

I decided to chop some basil up and add some olive oil, to create a marinade for the fish, and I also used what was left to roast the tomatoes in. basil goes well with tomatoes, and it also went well with the fish, too! The below recipe serves two people.

Ingredients

  • Two boneless, skinless haddock fillets
  • Generous handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Two handfuls of runner beans
  • One large handful of basil (chopped)
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season

 

 

Method

  • In a chopper, or by hand, finely chop the basil and place in a bowl with the oil. Reserve a small amount of this to drizzle on your tomatoes.
  • Gently mix the fish fillets in the large bowl of oil, and leave in the fridge for half an hour.
  • When ready to cook, boil the kettle and pre-heat the oven to 180c fan.
  • Put the tomatoes in an oven proof dish, drizzle with basil oil and a sprinkle of salt. These will need 10 minutes in the oven.
  • Put a frying pan on, and add the fish, while bringing a saucepan of the kettle water to boil.
  • When boiling, add some salt and your beans for a few minutes.
  • When the fish has cooked, allow to rest on a warm plate before finishing off the beans in the pan for a few minutes with a sprinkle of sea salt.
  • Plate up with the haddock on top of the beans alongside the tomatoes.
  • Healthy and simple!

Joe Wicks Linguine with prawns, courgette and chilli

No two ways about it, this dinner is delicious, easy and perfect for a day when your getting some sport in.

The recipe in the book, which says serves one, really is enough for two, but having got that down, I can’t fault it.

Lovely dinner.

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