The other night I went for an outdoors feast chez Sally & her family. Sal & her brother had been busy in the kitchen preparing some side dishes to accompany the main event of a big baked fish for five hungry hedgehogs / humans. The meal was incredibly good, simple, fresh & a perfect way to welcome in the warmer weather making its way (albeit a little tentatively this year) to Melbourne.
Not only was this an opportunity to eat well, it also served the purpose of teaching one of the Hayes' pals how to cook like a pro . . .
The preparation of the fish dish was far simpler than the final flavours would suggest. As long as you have an oven preheated to say, 150-190 degrees C (dependant on fan force being set or not), all there is to do is line your tray with baking paper; lay down the fish fillets; sprinkle with a healthy dose of sea salt, pepper, spices, fresh coriander/cilantro & thinly sliced lemon.
The spice mix we used hailed from the range at Gewürzhaus - their Chermoula, to be precise, which hit the spot perfectly.
Cover the whole arrangement with foil & in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until fish is cooked through. A slice into the centre of a fillet should give this away.
Serve with some fresh salad and/or roast veggies & you're away! Just like these chickadees.
Accompanied by a gingham table cloth, tea light candles in recycled jars, & a lovely drop, one can safely say, "Welcome, Summertime" :-)