So I have to entertain 15 writers friends for lunch tomorrow – not a huge call since we are having a ‘pot luck ‘ lunch, you know the kind : where everyone is supposed to bring something? But I have noticed quite a few of us are bringing wine so I figured I have to offer something a bit more substantial than cheese with this!
I bought a whole side of salmon and baked it with a gluten free green crust made of nuts, seeds and herbs. Salmon is the ultimate fast food and can be dressed up in so many healthy and nutritive fashion that it is my stock answer to any last minute menu quandary!
- Side of salmon
- olive oil
- nuts: pistachio, macadamia, brasil
- Seeds: sesame, pumpkin seeds
- Dill (fresh or dried)
- fennel (fresh or seeds)
- Fresh mint
Make a paste by chopping all the nuts and seeds and herbs then blitzing it all into a food processor: make a nice green coarse paste and reserve. It is great if you can add fresh herbs to this but this is winter so if your pots are bare, dried herbs will do! Play with the ratios, add more of what you enjoy, mix and match the flavours – So long as it is green, nutty and spicy, it will be fine!
Put the whole side or whole salmon into a baking dish. Baste with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt.
Spread the green seeds and nuts mix all over the fish. Pat it a bit so it doesn’t fall off the sides.
Put in a warm oven, in the middle rack, selecting grill and fan at around 200 degrees.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Enjoy at room temperature with a lambs’s lettuce salad.