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Sweet sweet tomatoes

Fresh sweet tomatoes are so much better than store bought

So, I come back from Delhi and a work friend gives me a bag of her fresh sweet tomatoes.

It’s so true that fresh is always best. These little tomatoes were so sweet and crisp and tasty. Last night I cooked them with my salmon and leftover prawn curry.

Salmon with curry prawns with pearl barley couscous and brown rice with white quinoa Sweet tomatoes Gary Lum
Salmon with curry prawns with pearl barley couscous and brown rice with white quinoa [click for a better view]
Tonight, I had them with crispy skin curry chilli salmon and a chilli jalapeño salad with fried shallots and lime zest. 

Crispy skin curry chilli salmon with fresh tomatoes, and a chilli jalapeño salad with fried shallots and lime zest. sweet tomatoes Gary Lum
Crispy skin curry chilli salmon with fresh tomatoes, and a chilli jalapeño salad with fried shallots and lime zest. [click on the photo for a better view]

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Preparing tonight’s dinner

I got home from work and immediately started on the salad. In a metal bowl, I added some chopped iceberg lettuce, fried shallots, sliced spring onions, sliced red onion, red chillies, jalapeño peppers, the halved tomatoes, lime zest and some chunks of cream cheese.  

With the salad done I tossed some flour, curry powder and chilli flakes into the plastic bag with the salmon and shook it up to coat the salmon.

I heated up a small iron-based frying pan in my portable induction hob and sprayed it will a little olive oil. The salmon was tossed skin side down into the frying pan. The hot pan and the flour/curry coating got it nice and crispy. The salmon was flipped over when it was ready and a little butter was added. Don’t overcook the fish!

Juice from the lime, the hot butter and oil plus a little salt and maple syrup was used to dress the salad.

How did it taste?

My experience in India has convinced me that I need to add more spices to my food. Tonight, there were chilli flakes, curry powder, red chillies and jalapeño peppers.

The stand out component were the sweet tomatoes. They just popped. The salmon was very good too. Because avocado is so expensive now, I didn’t have any, so that’s where the cream cheese came into play. It worked well to give that smooth mouth feel.

Final thoughts

If you can get your hands on or your mouth around some fresh sweet tomatoes, do it. It’s well worth the effort.

Parting words

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One ‘pot’ Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice

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Chicken Maryland again

Yes, I’m doing Chicken Maryland again. If you follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you’ll know that I buy salmon and chicken every week. I know that the thigh meat and skin aren’t the healthiest options but it has helped me cut back on red meat.

What you need for this dish

  • Chicken Maryland—1 piece so long as it’s not too big for your frying pan
  • Small nonstick frying pan
  • Quinoa rice—½ a packet of microwave quinoa rice
  • Avocado—I always eat a whole avocado because I’m too lazy to store remaining avocado in the refrigerator and cover it with lemon or lime juice to reduce the amount of oxidation and consequent browning of the flesh
  • Chilli—1 red chilli sliced, you can have it as hot as you like
  • Spring onion—sliced, as much as you want
  • Pepper—I like freshly cracked black pepper
  • Smoked paprika—I like adding some and hoping I dream well. Paprika causes me to have nightmares unless I go to bed in a happy mood and if I’m in a happy mood I often have happy dreams 😉
  • Caramelised onion—I’ve started to like the bottled variety but you could use home made stuff

What to do to make this one ‘pot’ wonder

  1. Heat up your oven to 200 °C (400 °F)
  2. Cook the quinoa rice in the microwave oven
  3. Set aside half for another meal
  4. Pour the remaining half into the nonstick frying pan and spread out evenly
  5. Add a tablespoon of caramelised onion where you want to place the chicken
  6. Place the chicken on top and then add cracked pepper and paprika to taste
  7. Place the frying pan into the oven and cook for 20 minutes
  8. At 20 minutes turn the oven down to 180 °C (350 °F) and cooked for 40 minutes
  9. Remove the frying pan and then add the avocado, chilli and spring onion
  10. Shoot the photograph after scalding your hand because you forgot to use an oven glove to pick up the frying pan by the handle
  11. Eat the meal from the frying pan because if you’re cooking a one ‘pot’ meal you don’t want to waste water and your time washing a plate.
  12. Be careful not to scratch the nonstick surface with your knife and fork. Yes, use a knife and fork, you’re not a bloody Viking. If you’re a shield maiden however, you can do whatever you like.
  13. Wash the dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)
One 'pot' chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice, avocado, spring onion and chilli
One ‘pot’ chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice, avocado, spring onion and chilli

How did it taste?

Bloody superb

It had crispy skin and the quinoa rice was crunchy and had absorbed all the fat from the chicken.

The avocado gave it a nice creaminess while the chilli gave it a nice bang.

Would you make this?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

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