Thursday, June 20, 2013

30 Minute Meals: Indian Salmon with Dill & Lime / With a side of Grilled Asparagus

Yes I am completely inspired by Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals. But to be honest those are a bit more like 1.5 hour meals and require ingredients I most often don't have on demand in my kitchen. So I came up with my own :) 

When I needed to turn all health conscious a year and a half ago - apart from the gym, our food was something that was directly impacted. The hunt for quick, delicious, healthy meals started. Every diet I had been on before demanded me to make huge sacrifices when it came to tasty food. This is when I realised if I needed this time to be different and sustainable, I needed to create a food plan that was  a fundamental life change. More importantly one that both me and the husband could enjoy & didn't spell SACRIFICE. 

This is the part where Norway comes into the picture. They are fundamentally a health conscious lot and with the help of friends I slowly started seeing and learning how simple meals could be healthy and tasty all at the same time. 

Moving back to India meant re-adjusting to all the available ingredients around you. It's taken us a while to go back to our healthy ways (and stop the always easy home delivery) but now that were there - I'm going to share some recipes with you. Or at least till we decide to move again and I have to re-discover & figure it all out ;) 

I dedicate this recipe to my Salmon eating Norwegian friends who taught me so well. 

Indian Salmon with Dill & Lime
Grilled Asparsgus

Indian Salmon with Dill & Lime / with a side of Grilled Asparagus 

Serves: 2      Time: Under 30 Minutes       Heat Oven to: 210 Deg C

  • 600 grams Indian Salmon Fillets (Approx ₹500 kg. Ask you fish man to fillet it for you)
  • 2 Handfuls Fresh Dill Finely Chopped 
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Juice of 2 Limes 
  • Sea Salt to Taste (I use the regular unrefined salt)
  • Pepper to Taste 
  • Chill flakes to taste 
  • Oregano to taste 
  • 100 grams Asparagus (available at foodhall, namdaris, nature's basket)
  • Butter as per preference
  • Sea Salt to taste 
  • Pepper to taste 
  • Wash Salmon and lay it in foil on your baking tray 
  • Garnish with chopped dill, salt, pepper, chilli flakes & oregano
  • Squeeze lime over the fish & drizzle with olive oil
  • In a smaller dish put your asparagus also on foil
  • Garnish with salt, pepper & butter (we love the asparagus a bit salty)
You're all set now - just pop both these dishes in the oven for 20 minutes or till you have the consistency you like and then dinner is served :) 

And I promise this really does take 30 minutes.....

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rebooting Country: Norway to India

Talk about being MIA. Seems like my last post was AGES ago. I'm just going to blame it on moving countries.

The hubby and I decided we were going to move back to India by November 2012. I had this bunch of things I had to get done before I left beautiful Europe and Norway that was our home for over 3 years. So in short here are all my excuses for not blogging for so many many months....

  • Getting the travel bug out of me with lots of last minute travel - The Ascot Races, Paris, Bulgaria, Bodø
  • Doing 2 amazing hikes with friends in Norway at Prekistolen & Kjerag and seeing NOTHING thanks to the Norwegian weather.
  • Watching Roxette LIVE along with Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty& The Heartbreakers 
  • Having my mother visit and take her to Paris
  • Seeing a Moose. Yes this was top priority I couldn't leave without seeing a Moose... (I did manage to see a bunch of other animals from the region as well)
  • Celebrate my birthday one last time there (I was suddenly legal to enter a bar which had an entry criterion of 28 !) 

And once these were done the packing started & I got the Farewell of my life from our friends. The tears didn't stop for a very long time..                                                                            
Farewell Cake with the Marius Design

Before I knew it the Norwegian chapter of our lives closed, I was back home in Bangalore. What started next was a whole different kind of crazy - 7 weddings, My Sisters Graduation, Norwegian Christmas Dinner we cooked, House Hunting, Luggage Arrival & custom clearances & finally setting up home .. you get the picture.

Ribbe - A Norwegian Christmas Dish

Not like we didn't have enough on our plate we decided to adopt a dog - YES a DOG. Turns out she is the center of our lives - an absolutely bouncy, love-able, sometimes crazy Labrador. Silly people who abandoned her truly had no appreciation for this furry ball or the immense amounts of love she brings with her..

Ms.Penny Lane Muffin

Changing countries comes with its fair share of challenges but brings joy in equal measure. More to come on that ... for now this is just to say I'm Alive, Kicking & got a few more posts up my sleeve...