Cauliflower Larb Salad

I fell in love with the Larb salad during my trip 12 days in Vietnam Even though ground meat is usually used, we use cauliflower ´rice´ instead, making it a great vegetarian alternative. This salad is not only appealing to pick up and eat, it is full of great textures and flavours. The spicy, sharp, garlicky dressing…

Sea bass with Kidney bean & long stem broccoli salad

A new pulses brand Cuits&Beans commissioned a group of chefs and recipe developers to design some exciting new recipes, using their cooked pulses. Pescetarian Pleasures was selected to develop 2 recipes using 2 of their main ingredients, black quinoa and kidney beans. In this recipe I decided to combine the Kidney beans with some other…

Sweet Pea & Mint Soup

It´s that time of year again. The winter feels like it´s lasted for ages. The streets of Barcelona have been crisp and chilly, but the sun is still shining brightly. The first signs of spring are in the air (at least in my head they are)! I usually eat a lot of soups during the…

Red prawns with black quinoa, lime & tahini recipe

A new pulses brand Beans&Cuits commissioned a group of chefs and recipe developers to design some exciting new recipes, using their cooked pulses. Pescetarian Pleasures was selected to develop 2 recipes using 2 of their main ingredients, black quinoa and kidney beans. This recipe is inspired by the Arab dish tabbouleh, but using quinoa instead…

Olive, Caper & Garlic crusted Cod recipe

For a few days I´ve been craving a nice meaty piece of white fish. Something substantial enough to get your teeth stuck into, that is also packed full of flavour. This is a tasty, healthy, nutritious meal that doesn´t take long to prepare. It´s lean and good for you, as well as being quite light!…

Anjalina Chugani – chef, entrepreneur & author of Soul Spices

Since the recipe book Soul Spices came out in November 2016, Pescetarian Pleasures has seen Anjalina Chugani everywhere! We wanted to get an insight into what made this chef such a pioneer in cooking with spice! Anjalina was born in London and moved to Bangalore at the age of 13. She travelled extensively and lived abroad…

Fish ´n´chips cookies (chocolate & chilli)

For me, chocolate and chilli is a great combination! I think they are 2 flavours which compliment each other nicely, and they taste great in this spiced cookie! The quantity in this recipe makes enough for around 50 cookies. So what are you waiting for, give them a try! Ingredients: 350g plain flour 150g brown…

Beetroot cured salmon

Since making Gravlax before Christmas, I´ve wanted to cure some salmon using beetroot. Other than being really pretty to look at, the salmon is much sweeter, after being cured this way. It only takes 2 days to make, but gives you a lovely piece of fish to slice up and nibble at for days! Ingredients:…

Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce originates from Tarragona, which is here in Cataluña. It is often associated with Calçots, although it was initially made to eat with fish. The nutty, sweet, garlicky flavour, with a slightly coarse texture goes really well with most fish and seafood dishes. Ingredients: 4 red peppers, sliced and roasted 500g almonds 3 garlic…

Dana´s Jambalaya recipe

I spend a lot of my time talking about food! Whilst chatting to a good friend Dana, we got onto the topic of Creole food, as Dana is from Louisiana. I haven´t eaten much Southern (American) food, but I really wanted to make a Jambalaya. The first recorded mention of Jambalaya was in the 1870´s, a time…

Red prawns flambéed with Cognac

Whilst chatting to my lovely friend Jimena about this recipe, she was saying it was not really an everyday dish. She wouldn´t make it because she doesn´t have Cognac at home, and certainly not caviar. If you don´t have Cognac, you can flambé with other spirits, such as rum. And if the idea of flambéing puts…

Sweet Tuna Melt – Communal bread making in Sarnac

Bread doesn´t occur to many people when they think of fermentation, but it´s one of the most commonly eaten fermented foods. Bread is a very important food across many cultures; traditionally before people had their own ovens, the baker played a crucial role in the community. The first records which mention bread, suggest it was considered a miracle…

Steamed Mussels in Cream & Cider Sauce – delicious easy seafood

As some of you may know, my other half hails from Normandy, in the North Western corner of France. Their biggest exports are seafood (mussels and oysters), apples (therefore cider and calvados) and dairy products (including milk, cheese, butter and cream). The cream is thick, rich, calorific and lovely, similar to Clotted cream for those British…

Baby Octopus, with Rocket & Cherry Tomatoes

Variety is the spice of life they say, and I´m always looking for something a bit different to feed my friends. I found the answer here….my recipe for Baby Octopus, with Rocket & Cherry Tomatoes. An easy, healthy seafood dish, packed full of flavour; just the kind of meal I love! Since the flesh of octopus is mainly muscle,…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! From Char @ Pescetarian Pleasures

2016 was an interesting year, to say the least! On a personal note it was great, because I finally started Pescetarian Pleasures, which I´ve wanted to do for years. But looking at the bigger picture, it wasn´t quite so fantastic. I´m not going to talk politics here (it´s a food blog!) but we all know there…

Wild Mushroom Tartiflette

As a lover of all things cheese, the Après Ski dishes from The Alps are right up my street. Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette….all contain loads of melted cheese, so press all the right buttons for me! We were lucky enough that Lore and Sebastian bought us some Reblochon from the source, close to Lake Geneva. So, on…

A DOZEN DO´S AND DON´TS OF LIVING WITH A CHEF

Living with a restauranteur and chef can have it´s high and low moments! There´s something about having a professional pair of eyes, evaluating your every move in the kitchen. Here is Pescetarian Pleasures´ guide to success, if you´re thinking of shacking up with a chef…. Do save every glass jar that you come across, you…

Gravlax

One of the pescetarian highlights of the festive period is Gravlax or smoked salmon. Gravlax is a traditional Nordic dish where fresh salmon is cured using salt, sugar and dill. So, this year Pescetarian Pleasures decided to buy a whole, line caught salmon and cure it ourselves. The important thing is to buy the highest…

Foodie Christmas holiday viewing – Netflix series ´Chef´s Table´

On a cooking programme ´Cooked´, producer and host Michael Pollan said… “This phenomenon of cooking shows has just grown and grown….the less time we invest in cooking ourselves, the more time we spend watching other people cook on television” Well Michael, that´s not quite true in our household! Having recently finished the last episode of Netflix…

Baileys Truffles

Rich, boozy and indulgent…. perfect for the festive period! These truffles are so easy to make, they can easily become a part of your annual Christmas routine. Ingredients: 300ml double cream 50g butter 300g dark chocolate 150ml Baileys 35g desiccated coconut, toasted 250g chocolate sprinkles Method: Gently heat the cream and butter in a pan,…

Cranberry Roasted Shallots, with Capers

Having seen these beautiful shallots on a recent Retreat to Sarnac I bought two bunches and decided to revisit an old favourite recipe, oven roasted shallots! They just looked so appealing, vibrant and shiny, I was sure they would taste great. I couldn´t resist them! Shallots are much sweeter than regular onions. Their flavour is more subtle and…

Raclette

This post was written on a recent Retreat to Sarnac to visit Rayen and Joan. I went to make Raclette, one of the trio of ´Apres ski´dishes that I love and that involves copious amounts of delicious, salty, gooey, lovely melted cheese. Raclette is a semi hard cheese, that is especially good when melted. The name of the dish Raclette…

La Castañada

La Castañada is usually celebrated on All Saints Eve, which is the 31st October. The origins of ‘All Saints day’ or ‘All Hallows day’ come from an old festival of the dead. La Castañada is a tradition where people used to go to the cemetery to commemorate those who had passed on. They would eat foods…