Saturday, 5 April 2008

Salcicia Pasta

The Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas on December 5th every year. Sinterklaas is a bishop from Myra who believes in helping the poor and giving. Children leave carrots in their shoes by the fireplace for Sinterklaas' horse and in return, receive chocolate coins, pepernootje (small ,very addictive, spiced cookies) and presents.

The Salcicia pasta recipe is from "Cook with Jamie" , a Sinterklaas present from Maartje.


1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 .5 teaspoons fennel seeds
1-2 small dried red chilli
1 small bunch of fresh Italian parseley (pick leaves and chop)
600grams Italian sausage
100-150ml white wine
1 lemon's worth of zest and juice
1-1.5 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
500g fusili

1) Pound fennel seeds and chilli with a mortar and pestle.

2) Squeeze the sausages out of their skins and break them apart in a saucepan over medium heat with the back of a spoon. The meat should resemble minced meat. Add chilli and fennel seeds mixture +oregano and stir.

3) When it's almost done, pour the wine into the pan ,lower heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

4) Boil pasta in a separate pot.

5) When pasta is ready, drain the water. Add the meat into the pot together with the pasta, lemon zest and juice, parmesan and parseley. Serve immediately.

Steamed Fish

I prefer stronger tasting food. When my mother made steamed, braised or clear soups, I would often get my father to drive to McDonalds or more recently, call McDelivery so it surprised me when I found myself craving for steamed fish this morning.

It was so flaky, so sweet and I love the piquant-ness of the cilantro.

What you need:
300g white fish (I used cod)
small bunch of cilantro/coriander leaves/ Chinese parseley, chopped
sesame oil
soy sauce
1-2 inches ginger

i) Marinate the fish with a few drops of sesame oil, salt and a sprinkling of sugar. Spoon some minced ginger or ginger slices on top of the fish. You can marinate the fish 30 minutes-1 hour before steaming but it's no big deal if you just steam it immediately. The star of this dish is fresh fish.

ii) Steam fish

iii) When fish is cooked, drizzle some soy sauce and the chopped cilantro.