Salmon with Basil Aioli, Green Asparagus and Purslane

A wonderful date night dinner. Serve with a glass of chilled white wine and the evening is set.


Serves 2

2 salmon fillets
10 green asparagus
50g purslane
1 small bunch  basil
1 clove garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt and pepper

Place the mayonnaise in a small bowl with the basil leaves. Finely chop the garlic clove, also adding it to the bowl and blend with a stick blender until smooth (alternatively, finely chop the basil and stir through the mayonnaise). Season with salt and pepper.

Discard the hard ends of the asparagus. Heat a grill pan on medium heat. Drizzle the asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper and lay in the grill pan. Grill for about 5 minutes turning every so often.

Heat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Mix the purslane through the warm asparagus. Divide between 2 plates, placing the salmon on top. Serve the basil aioli on the side.


voor 2 personen

2 zalmfilets
10 groene asperges
50g postelein
1 klein bosje basilicum
1 teentje knoflook
4 eetlepels olijfolie
4 eetlepels mayonaise
zout en peper

Doe de mayonaise in een kommetje met de basilicum blaadjes. Hak het knoflookteentje fijn, voeg toe aan het kommetje en pureer met een staafmixer (of hak de basilicum fijn en meng dit door de mayonaise heen). Breng op smaak met zout en peper.

Verwijder de harde eindstukjes van de asperges. Verwarm een grillpan op medium vuur. Besprenkel de asperges met 2 eetlepels olijfolie, wat zout en peper en leg ze in de grillpan. Grill ze voor 5 minuten en keer ze af en toe om.

Verhit een koekenpan met 2 eetlepels olijfolie op medium hoog vuur. Bestrooi de zalmfilets met zout en peper en bak de zalm in 3 minuten aan elke kant goudbruin.

Meng de postelein door de warme asperges. Verdeel over 2 borden en plaats de zalm er boven op met een lepel basilicum aioli er naast.

Duck Salad with Preserved Lemon Aioli

Serves 4

4 duck breasts
salt and pepper
2 oranges, peeled and segmented
small bunch of radishes, finely sliced
75 g lamb's lettuce
1 container pea shoots
1 container beetroot cress

Preserved Lemon Aioli
75-100 g preserved lemon (or to taste)
1 large clove garlic
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon lemon juice
250 ml sunflower oil

2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2-4 teaspoons honey (or to taste)

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Begin with the aioli. Finely chop the preserved lemon and garlic. Place in a magimix (food processor) with the egg yolks, lemon juice and salt, to taste. Blend until the mixture is smooth. With the motor running, slowly pour the sunflower oil in until the ingredients have emulsified and formed a mayonnaise. Check the seasoning and set aside.

Place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Score the fat of the duck diagonally with a small sharp knife, making sure you don't cut into the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat and fry the duck, fat side down in a dry pan to render as much of the fat of as you can.

As the fat accumulates, carefully pour it off into a bowl. After about 5 minutes when the fat has cooked away and has turned golden brown, increase the heat of the pan to high, flip the duck over and fry on the meat side for 1 minute. Transfer to a roasting dish. Place in the oven for about 8 minutes. You want the duck to still be pink. Remove from the oven and rest for about 5 minutes.

Place a spoonful of the aioli on the base of each plate, spreading it out a little. Arrange the orange segments, radishes and lamb's lettuce on top. Slice the duck breasts and arrange them on top. Drizzle with the orange dressing, top with the pea shoots and beetroot cress and serve.

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