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Wednesday 28 April 2021
One pot fish with black olives and tomatoes.
1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.
2 Heat half the oil in an ovenproof pan. Add the onion and stir well. Leave to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then stir again.
3 Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then add the olives.
4 Put the fish on top of the sauce, skin-side down. Drizzle over the rest of the oil. Bake it uncovered for 15 minutes until the fish is cooked.
5 Sprinkle with the parsley and serve straight from the pan, with lemon wedges to squeeze over the fish.
Ruth’s notes – I wanted more flavour in here, so I zest a lemon and also added a sprinkling of chilli – I also think fennel seeds would be tasty. To increase fibre this could have some legumes added but obviously dependent on dietary needs. I used frozen fish, which can be re frozen if changed from raw to cooked.
1 Put all the ingredients in a smoothie maker or blender. Blend until smooth.
2 Serve immediately.
Ruth’s note: I always chose fruit in water if using tinned. However I am huge fan of frozen bags and of course fresh. If you are not aiming for weight gain then use milk instead of cream or yogurt is a great substitute.
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Sweet potato crab cakes
Preparation 10 minutes Cooking 35 minutes (plus 20 minutes chilling) Serves 4
Suitable for: people with sickness or nausea, loss of taste or smell, freezing.
Please have the potatoes cooked and cooled before class.
1 Cook the sweet potato in boiling water until tender. Drain it and mash it in a deep bowl.
2 When the sweet potato is cool, add all the ingredients except the crabmeat, breadcrumbs and vegetable oil. Mix well.
3 Squeeze the water from the crabmeat and fold into the mixture. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
4 Roll the mixture into balls (about the size of a golf ball). Then roll the balls in the breadcrumbs, pressing down gently so the crumbs stick. Put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
5 In a wide pan, heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat. Press down on each crab cake ball to make a patty. Fry them on each side until golden brown, then drain them on kitchen paper to absorb the extra oil.
Tips • Use wholemeal breadcrumbs to increase the fibre content. • To reduce the fat content, use an egg white instead of mayonnaise and grill the cakes instead of frying.
Ruth’s note: Scotch bonnets are too hot for me and too hot for my family so we use a tsp of chilli flakes – I also like to add the zest of a lemon, and then I cut it up for serving. I make my own breadcrumbs the day before – much cheaper
Banana, honey and hazelnut smoothie
Preparation 10 minutes Serves 2
Suitable for people with: a dry or sore mouth, sickness or nausea, problems with chewing, loss of taste or smell, loss of weight or appetite or to freeze.
1 Put the banana, soya milk, honey and nutmeg in a smoothie maker or blender. Blend until smooth.
2 Pour into two large glasses and top with the hazelnuts to serve.
Thanks to Good Food magazine for contributing this recipe.
Tip If you have a sore mouth or problems chewing, leave out the hazelnuts. Try using finely grated chocolate instead.
Ruth Tip: I have used full fat milk, oat milk or nut milk – all tasty. If you are wanting weight gain a spoonful of peanut butter is very good.