Beef Steaks in Herbed Marinade

ImageGrilled steaks are perfect deals when I have little time to spend in the kitchen. Especially when I have them marinated overnight. The juicy flavor of the meat is enhanced with a marinade of Mediterranean herbs and olive oil.

And here below how I make it! It’s no more a secret recipe:)

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces / 200gms beef steaks
  • Pam spray

Marinade

  • 1 cup / 250ml olive oil
  • 3 tbsp grape vinegar
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, plus 2 more for garnish
  • 1 handful fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh lemon, cut in 4 wedges
  • 1 tsp salt

In a shallow dish, combine all the marinade ingredients and soak steaks inside. Cover and let stand for at least 2 hours.

On a medium-high heat, oil a stovetop griddle or a grilling pan and place the slices of steak to grill. Cook around 5 minutes per side or to your liking, turning once only. Move to a serving plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

Garnish with rosemary and serve with salad, potato mash or grilled vegetables.

Orange Marinated Salmon

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As the weather gets colder around here, more hearty meals and soups have been dispatched from my kitchen.

Last week was really cold, temperature dropped to 5°C, schools were off because of the storm. We had many “Raclette” nights and casual dinners with friends and neighbors. After all who wants to be out in that rainy weather!

We simply enjoyed the laid-back inside with the fireplace on to warm up the atmosphere.

One of my favorite quick-fix meals is Orange Marinated Salmon. It comes together really quickly! It’s entirely stress-free and enormous success. Don’t you love that?

Serve it with Basmati rice, baked potatoes or Fettucine. This dish is a glam!

4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillet (around 200g each piece)
  • 1/4 cup runny honey
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. In a shallow pan, place fish as one layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper rubbing both sides of each fillet. Combine the rest of the ingredients and drizzle over the salmon to coat well all pieces. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Drain marinade. Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray and bake uncovered at 180°C or 350°F for 15mn to 20mn or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Serve with Basmati rice.

Note: If desired, reduce 1 cup of the marinade over low-medium heat until it thickens and serve it as a sauce. 

Vodka Marinated Salmon

Serge and I love to have friends over dinner! During summer we enjoy the breeze outside on the terrace and during winter we enjoy cocooning inside with the fireplace really cozying up the atmosphere.

Lately we have had many friends visiting, but I had many photo shoots working long hours every day. Can you imagine getting home at 7:30pm, only 1 and a half hour before your guests arrive?

Because this happens to me very often, I now have in my repertoire numerous menus to be prepared in no time.

Salmon fillets are one of my favourite on the list offering a wide array of methods to cook; fried, baked, smoked, raw sashimi, … you can work wonders with it! It’s a gourmet meal!

Here’s one of the easiest and fastest recipe to prepare delicious baked salmon fillet. It results in a beautiful dish full of flavor and substantial savor.

I paired it with basmati and wild rice, and steamed edamame beans. Garnished it with carrots to add colours.

My guests loved the food and asked for the recipe, this request never fails to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside:)

Vodka Marinated Salmon

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon steaks (about 1inch / 2cm thick)
  • ¾ cup / 185ml vodka
  • ¼ cup / 60ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp thyme, washed and picked
  • 2 sprigs, Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp sea salt crystals
  • Black Pepper to taste

Preparation

1. In an oven dish, place salmon steaks, skin-side down, as one layer and drizzle with vodka and orange juice. Push the thyme into the score marks of the fish. Sprinkle the rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

2. You can preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas 4 and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Or you can transfer to a frying pan along with the marinade and cook for 5 minutes on the skin side and 1 minute on the other side or until crisp.

3. Serve with basmati rice and edamame beans and perhaps some wild rice.

The menu included all following items and I promise to share the rest of the recipes soon.

 Starters

Avocado Salad

Grilled Chestnut

Main Course

Salmon Fillet, mixed rice, edamame

Side Order

Baked Potatoes

Dessert

Apple walnut cake

 

Baked Whole Chicken with Potatoes and Rosemary

Thank you all for your wonderful emails and messages,  I made sure to reply to each and every one of you. I absolutely love that you cook my recipes!

My year ended on a wonderful note where I participated to a couple of TV shows (I’ll notify you when it’s due to airing) and loved the experience. December was a very busy month for me, I had a shoot almost every day, such a shame I had no time for blogging, but please don’t give me that look, blame my Food Styling career instead:)

I love the start of the new year and ready with a list of resolutions to tackle 2012.

Happy New Year to all!

Baked Whole Chicken with Potatoes and Rosemary

I realize that many people don’t like to make a whole chicken thinking it’s difficult and time consuming while it’s even simpler than any other dish and the preparation should take seriously less than 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken, whole /1.5 to 1.9kgs, neck and giblets removed
  • 4 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1Tbs Dried Oregano
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  •  Kosher Salt and freshly ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs, washed
  • ½ kg Baby Potatoes

Preparation

1. Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F/220°C.

2. Wash the chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Mix together the oil, oregano, cinnamon, salt and pepper and use this mixture to brush the skin of the bird. Place the onion inside the cavity

3. Place the bird in the oven dish and arrange around it the rosemary and whole baby potatoes (or quartered potatoes). Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

4. When cooked cover with aluminum foil and let stand for 10-15 minutes before carving. If desired, decorate with canned or fresh clementine wedges and serve.