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…

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!…

Blood orange coulis

This post is a bit of a nod to my love of this fine fruit, the blood orange! I´m always super excited when they come into season, forgetting about how great they taste, they are just so damn good to look at! The deep crimson colour that seems to seep through to the outer peel,…

A Calçotada in Gavá

With the same family of friends we usually go away with to Vinaixa, we decided to do our own calçotada, a little closer to home. ´A calçotada, what is that?´…I hear some of you say! Well a calçot is a vegetable (think cross between a spring onion and a leek). They´re in full season here…

Galette

It´s Shrove Tuesday, an exciting time when I was young as it meant it was pancake day! Instead of the traditional crêpe, this year I wanted to make some galettes, which are the typical pancake of Brittany. Galettes are made from buckwheat flour and have a slightly heavier, more savoury flavour than a crêpe. More…

Healthy Fish & Chips

I really miss a British Fish ´n´Chip shop! When I was younger, a trip to the chippy was a weekend treat, when no one fancied cooking at home. As I hit my late teens, it became somewhere you stopped on your way home, after a night out on the town! Now that I don´t live in…

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 chili tomato sauce

WARNING! This sauce packs some serious heat! I´ve mentioned my love of hot sauces before, in my Chipotle Salsa recipe post. I needed a spicy dipping sauce, and for once the Chipotle Salsa wasn´t going to do the job! This sauce is great for dipping spring rolls, crab cakes, or being diluted in a vinaigrette style dressing…

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…

Tangy Seasonal Fruit Salad – Kiwi Tangerine & Pomegranate

I´ve been in a bit of a dilemma people! Since starting this blog, several people have given me advice on the best way to move forward. Many said you have to ´niche down´, to choose one type of food and stick to it. So, I reluctantly decided to focus on fish and seafood dishes, keeping health in…

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,…

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…

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…

Festive mince pies

It’s early December and Christmas is officially approaching fast. The best thing about Christmas for me, has to be the mince pies! Well, obviously there’s the tree, decorations, spending time with family, presents etc etc, but let’s face it, the food is the only important thing really. I’m a big fan of Christmas; the ritual…

Fermented Salsa and homemade Corn Chips

You know when a person’s enthusiasm for something is contagious….meet Matthew Calderisi. He’s the ultimate ‘fermentation fanatic’. Having been a restauranteur  in Montreal, before coming to Barcelona many years ago, he has always been very interested in food. His years of experience fermenting foods started when his Korean friend Donald’s mum taught him to make Kimchi,…

Baileys and coffee panna cotta – with salted caramel sauce

The home bar needs some movement; we need to clear some room for the new bottles we will no doubt gather over the Christmas period. We are not alcoholics, honest! But as we enjoy having friends over for dinner regularly, with good food, always comes alcohol! We have boxes of our favourite bottles of wine, a case of…

French onion soup

Our kitchen has seen a lot of onion action recently, as I made Char’s Sweet ‘n’ Smokey Chipotle Salsa just a few of days ago. Onion soup has been around for centuries. Dating back to Roman times, it used to be seen a food for the poor, because onions grow in such abundance. It has…

Salted caramel sauce

Oh my goodness, this stuff is to die for! The sweet, salty, sticky, gooey, buttery loveliness….it’s naughty stuff, but it just tastes so damn good! It can be spooned onto desserts, poured over pancakes, added to coffee, drizzled over ice cream, or even just enjoyed on a piece of toast. I made this batch be…

Purple carrots, fennel, ricotta & lime salad

I’ve been chatting to a lot of people recently, who talk about autumn being their favourite season. I do like seeing the colours of the leaves on the trees change as winter approaches, but ultimately I’m a summer baby! I spend most of autumn and winter anxiously waiting the first signs of spring, and therefore summer. It must…