Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Truckload of Possibilities; When It Comes to Buying and Cooking Seafood, Often Simple Is the Best

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Truckload of Possibilities; When It Comes to Buying and Cooking Seafood, Often Simple Is the Best

Article excerpt

Shannon

Newley

shannon.newley@southburnetttimes.com.au

I USED to live with a fisherman. Ahhh those were the days.

There was nothing like coming home to fresh blue swimmer crabs, prawns straight off the trawler and reef fish... oh the reef fish.

I don't live with a fisherman anymore so fish has been off the menu for a while. That is until I drove by a stall on the side of the road. You know the ones - a truck pulled over with a chalk board out the front.

I slammed the brakes on and headed over.

I only had $30 cash on me so I spent some time carefully contemplating what I would spend it on. Prawns I decided. They just looked too good to pass up. Also my maths is so bad that it seemed easier to just buy a kilo of prawns and know it wasn't going to blow my budget. It was too early on a Saturday morning to convert grams to dollars.

Then the vendor broke the news. He had eftpos. Now that changed everything. All of a sudden my world went from being restrained to $30 worth of seafood to so many options. My head started to swirl with menu ideas.

Prawns for entree, fish for main and maybe some Moreton Bay bugs for dessert. I mean dinner on a different night.

I'm a firm believer that when it comes to a beautiful piece of salmon, it's a bit criminal to do too much to it. Grilled with some lemon is just perfect. But I didn't have a beautiful piece of salmon, I had two.

So I decided to make this pie. Because I have placed a layer of the sauce over the salmon, and not mixed it all together - it's less creamy and a little lighter than most fish pies I have eaten. It also means you don't drown the salmon in sauce - which to me is another crime.

Stayed tuned for what I have done with the bugs.

Salmon and vegetable pie

Makes two small pies or one large pie

Ingredients

1 raw salmon fillet

1 large brown onion, halved then sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 ripe tomatoes, chopped

roughly

1/2 cup cheese

1/2 cup parsley chopped finely

1 bay leaf

1 cup breadcrumbs

Milk

25g butter

2 tablespoons flour

Salt and pepper

Oil

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. …

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