Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Deadline Recipes - Oven-baked Fish with tomatoes & lime

Today Fiona Harper tells us why Deadline Recipes is very pertinent for her at the moment and shares a recipe for those who just can't afford to expand any further by mainlining the normal deadline comfort food - chocolate.

I am on a deadline. I have less than two weeks to go, and I will probably by scribbling away all through Easter and the Royal Wedding - although, I may have to have the television on in the background that day, for research purposes, of course. Just in case I decide to write a 'royal' romance myself.

Anyway, any writer worth her salt will tell you that when D-day looms, her thoughts inevitably turn to ice cream and chocolate. Or cookies. Or cake.

Unfortunately, eating that sort of deadline comfort food is exactly why I am battling my ever-expanding "writers' butt", so this deadline I am sharing a healthy, quick supper that can assuage the guilt of the pre-deadline splurge, if not the manuscript avoidance and procrastination techniques I also fall prey to in the final weeks.

Oven-baked fish with tomatoes, carrot & lime
serves 2
This recipe also works well with salmon or trout fillets.

2 pieces skinless white fish, about 175g (6oz) each
2 small tomatoes, chopped
4 spring onions, trimmed and cut on the diagonal
1 red chilli, deseeded and shredded
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into julienne strips
juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
a few sprigs of fresh coriander

Heat the oven to 230°C, fan 210°C, gas 8. Place each fish fillet on a sheet of kitchen foil and put both on a large baking tray.

Scatter half the tomatoes, spring onions, chilli and carrot over each fillet. Drizzle half the lime juice and soy sauce over each and wrap each fish fillet in the foil to make a parcel.

Bake on the top shelf for 15 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through.

Serve with the coriander scattered on top. Rice is a great accompaniment, as you can drizzle all the juices from the fish over the top.

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