Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Recipe: Pan fried salmon fillets with new potatoes and grilled asparagus

Do you remember trying a dish and not liking it, and deciding never to try it again? A long time ago, I was served a dry piece of cooked salmon and from then, I decided cooked salmon was not for me. That however did not stop me from eating raw salmon (aka sashimi), in fact it is one of my favorite foods!

Hubby keeps convincing me to give cooked salmon another try, telling me how delicious it is if cooked right. And recently, I did and boy, he was right! We even cooked it several times during our holiday in Europe recently and enjoyed it every single time. A beautifully cooked piece of salmon should be cooked medium, which mean it will be slightly raw in the centre. Moist, buttery, tender but NEVER dry. Pan-frying it also gives it a lovely, crispy skin. Now I can gladly say that cooked salmon is AWESOME :)

BabySumoKids love it too!

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Pan fried salmon fillets with new potatoes and grilled asparagus
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

4  x salmon fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
Sea Salt

Baby new potatoes, washed (4-5 per person)
A pack of asparagus, ends trimmed

1.Remove salmon fillets from fridge 10 minutes before cooking. If you're serving your salmon with the skin on, make sure to remove the scales using a sharp knife. Clean and pat dry. Place salmon with skin side up on a plate, then rub 1 tbsp of oil over the skin. Season with generous amount of salt, this will help the skin to crisp up nicely.

2. Heat a large non-stick pan with oil over medium high heat. Once it is hot, add the salmon, skin side down. Use a spatula to press the fish down so that it cooks evenly. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until skin is crispy and the salmon is 3/4 cooked (from the side of the fillets, you can see the colour of the fillet changing).

3. Using a spatula, flip the fish over and cook for 1-2 minutes, until cooked through (ie from the side, the colour has changed completely). Serve with the potatoes and asparagus.

4. For the baby new potatoes, simply bring a pot of salted water to the boil, and cook for 15-20 minutes, according to packet instructions. Drain and serve.

5.  For the asparagus, spread evenly on a baking tray, then drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes and cook until tender. Turn halfway through.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Peruvian Food @ Restaurant El Inca, Cologne, Germany

Other than German cuisine, you will also find an excellent range of International cuisine in Cologne. One of the restaurants recommended to us was Restaurant El Inca, a hidden gem serving Peruvian food.

Located in the basement, the restaurant is cosy, homely and bustling. The restaurant can get very busy, so reservations are essential. English menus are available for tourists. The menu consists of entrees, salads, nachos, tortilla, beef, lamb, fish and sweets.

Guayaba juice (pink guava)

Pisco Sour, also known as the national drink of Peru. Good, potent cocktail :)

To start, we shared a cebiche de pescado (€8.50), fresh fish slices marinated in lemon, coriander and onions, along with fresh corn and toasted corn. The ceviche portion was generous, and this was very appetizing and whet our appetites for what's to come next.

For main courses, we ordered three dishes to share. First to arrive is the aji de gallina (€11.80), a traditional Peruvian dish consisting of chicken cooked in a mildly spicy creamy sauce. The dish gets its spiciness and yellow colour from aji pepper.  It is served with rice, boiled egg and black olives, as well as a side salad. Hearty and delicious.

We also selected a fish dish too, the Borrachito (€15.80), pike dish topped with tequila sauce, as well as two large grilled king prawns, rice and a side salad. Very nicely done.

The highlight of our meal was the anticuchos de carne (€14.50), two skewers of grilled beef, served with yuca (cassava) and side salad. The meat was beautifully cooked, well seasoned and tender.

Every piece was cooked to medium rare doneness. YUM :)

Verdict: Generous portions, delicious Peruvian food. Highly recommended.

Opening times: 6pm - 1am daily.

Price: Total bill €72 (inclusive tips), for 3 adults 2 children.

Location: Restaurant El Inca, Görresstr. 2, am Rathenauplatz, 50674 Köln, Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 221 245503


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