Thursday, September 20, 2012

Salmon with Walnut Pesto

One thing I love cooking mid-week is salmon. I love how quick and easy it is to cook. It doesn't take much effort for it to taste great. I could easily live on salmon. 
This is another recipe from one of my favourite blogs The Healthy Chef. I'm sure I've raved about Teresa Cutter before. Everything she posts is healthy, guilt free and amazing. This recipe is exactly that. This walnut pesto would also be great in salads, sandwiches, with chicken and other seafood. 
Note: I love my salmon as rare as possible as you can see from the photograph! 

Recipe from Healthy Chef
2 x 175 g salmon fillet
100g walnuts
½ cup parsley leaves
½ cup mint leaves or basil (I used basil)
1/4 cup cold pressed oil (olive oil, walnut or flaxseed oil )
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
Sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Spinach and walnuts to serve as a side
1. Combine the walnuts, parsley, lemon juice, zest, olive oil, sea salt and pepper into a food processor until smooth. I prefer my pesto smooth but you can mix it until its slightly chunky. Set aside.
2. Sear the salmon on a pan. Cook as you prefer. I like to cook it about 3 minutes on each side, as rare as possible. My husband likes it as cooked as possible. The Healthy Chef recipe is for roasted salmon. After searing it the pan place the pan in the oven at 180 degrees for about 5 minutes. I was too hungry each time I've made this to roast it afterwards. Oops! 

3. Once that's done plate up the salmon and serve with the pesto on top. Serve with some steamed greens. I served it with some wilted spinach and walnuts. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

London: Part Three: A day at Wimbledon

Okay, bad blogger I am. It's been a while. I've been rather occupied at the moment. Good news is I'm starting a new job in a few works! So excited. I've been with my current firm for over 4 years so it was definitely time for a change. Can't wait. 

As a tennis fan one thing you dream for is to go to Wimbledon. Earlier in the year after realising we would be in London at the time of the tournament, we tried to get tickets to go. Unfortunately we weren't able to get any. I then did some research and discovered that there is a late release of tickets online that sometimes occurs. I signed up to the Wimbeldon ticketing mailing list. 

On our first day in London came this wonderful email. An email advising that a limited amount of tickets would be released online in the coming days at specific times. After a few failed attempts we managed to get tickets to the Second Round! A full day and night at Centre Court. What a dream come true! We managed to see Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki. What a treat. We also managed to see some royals, Prince Charles and Camilla. 

Centre Court
Prince Charles and Camilla in the front row. They only stayed to watch Federer. 
The man Roger Federer
The Royal box. Yes there are cushions where the royals were sitting. Haha
Okay this a crappy photo of Djokovic that I took via instagram on my iPhone. Please excuse! I stupidly didn't take my SLR with me that day.
The Lavazza Cafe
Avocado & Prawn Salad
It's not Wimbledon unless there is a rain delay
The Wimbledon Store. 
Love love these Ralph Lauren blazers. 
This is the train station at Southfields, one of the train stations in the Wimbledon area. Notice the tennis court surface on the platform. Very cool.
Some memorabilia we purchased from the Wimbledon Store. 
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