I think for me Easter has always been different to the somewhat traditional religious Easter festivities, you know the Friday fasting, the curried fish, chocolate eggs and Easter Sunday feast….
You see, my father was the station master at Wepener in the Free State for many years and once a year the South African Railways would give its employees and their families a free rail ticket. So every year, my mom, dad, three brothers and me would take the train down to Durbs for our Easter school holidays. It was such an adventure for us because Durban was fun … there was sun + beaches + sand. It was singing on the stages trying our best to win prizes, fighting with my brothers, building sandcastles in the sand with dad, swimming in the ocean with mom and losing ourselves in the summers of our youth.
For the short few days we spent there we lived on ice cream and sandwiches during the day, but at night when we were all sunburnt and after a long soak in a soothing bath, my mom used to make us fresh fish and salad for supper. The fresh salmon salad I made today is a dedication to the happy memories of those Easters past and to my folks for affording us this once a year seaside adventure.
Apart from the salmon and the avocado, I got all the ingredients for the salad out of my garden. Instead of placing the salmon on top of the salad as it is usually served I decided it would be more fun to put the salad on top of the salmon – and I must say I think it looks amazing! It would be unfair for me to dictate the quantities of salad ingredients you should use as this is best left to your own discretion and mood.
I also like my salmon somewhat rare, so I prepared it that way. But the thing that really adds to the overall pop-up-flavour is the rather delicious lime and soya Asian dressing. So here’s to family, Easter, lasting memories and fresh food. Blessed Easter everyone!
sand + sunburn + salmon salad = happy family easter memories
- 2 x 200g Fresh salmon steaks
- For salad
- Avocado – sliced into small blocks
- Baby tomatoes – halved and then in three
- Cucumber ribbons – I take my potato peeler and run it over the cucumber
- Spring onions – finely sliced
- Radishes – sliced into thin slices
- Fresh coriander
- Salad dressing
- 50 ml Soya sauce
- Juice of one to two small limes
- 1t Sesame oil (optional)
- 2t Grated ginger
- 1t Fish sauce
- 1T Fresh coriander – chopped
- ½t Chillie flakes
- Fry your salmon for three minutes with the skin side down in a non-stick pan till skin crispy - say about 5 minutes - don’t turn it around and don’t season at this stage and let it stand to rest. The intention is to serve it luke warm not piping hot.
- Chop up all your salad ingredients and make your dressing by mixing everything together.
- Now just place this beautiful cut of fish on a plate. Place the salad on top and put the dressing on the side.
- I don’t add any salt at this stage and leave it to the guests to decide how much salt they need because the dressing is quite salty.
I love to taste things and to eat things that I have never tasted or eaten before so when I was asked to take part in the Crush Findus Wok Challenge with an exotic veggie stir fry packet that contains ingredients like lotus root + green garlic + water chestnuts, I jumped at the opportunity. It was like opening a veggie lucky packet of mysterious ingredients! The best discovery was the delicious and crunchy + mildly sweet lotus root … well I fell in love with this curious vegetable. It was this perfect, beautifully white root with big wholes that jumped onto my plate. It immediately brought a smile to my face. It is little wonder that the lotus flower is adored and admired by so many.
Within the Buddhist religion… of which I am an ardent follower… the lotus flower is well known to me and so revered by other believers. Buddha is often represented on a pink lotus and within the rich symbolism of the Buddhist philosophy the lotus represents purity of the body, speech and mind and symbolises faithfulness.
So you, little lotus root are more than just a thing of beauty. I have read that you are high in dietary fibre, are considered a good food source for energy and as you are high in carbohydrates and low in fat and protein, you make a remarkably healthy food choice. I found out too that you can strengthen my spleen, promote the activities of my stomach and assist with tissue re-generation – thank you lovely one – and like me you also love soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger. No wonder I fell in love with you. You are my new food muse. I decided to make a warm beef and vegetable salad with my exotic vegetable pack. You must just try this – it’s fresh, crunchy, easy and delicious.
If you like my recipe, please go to Crush and vote for my exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root.
warm beef + vegetable salad = an exotic-asian-love-story with its beauty in a lotus root
- 300g Fillet steak
- 1T Oil for frying
- Salt for seasoning
- Pepper for seasoning
- Wasabi Mayonnaise
- 3T Japanese sushi mayonnaise
- ¼ - ½ t Wasabi paste
- 1½ t Ginger - grated
- 1t Garlic - grated
- 125ml Soya sauce
- 1½ T Fresh lemon juice
- ½ Chopped chilli (optional)
- 2T Water
- 500g Packet Findus Wok Chinese (1 Pack)
- 1T Oil for frying
- Firstly make your dressing – just mix all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
- Then make the wasabi mayonnaise by stirring the mayonnaise and wasabi past together.
- Season the steak and fry to your taste. I like medium rare for this salad. Let it rest. I like to fry the meat in a separate pan – I do not want the flavours of the meat to be infused into the veggies when cooking – it detracts from the stark freshness and crispiness of the veggies.
- While the beef is resting – add oil to your wok and stir fry the veggies as per the instruction on the pack. Don’t add any seasoning or flavouring at this stage. The flavouring is in the dressing that we are going to pour over the veggies – almost like a salad dressing of sorts.
- To serve: Slice the beef into thin slices and place these on a plate, dress each piece with a bit of the dressing. Now add the veggies on top. Sprinkle generously with the dressing. Now add a few dollops of the wasabi mayonnaise here and there over the dish.. If you want you can also sprinkle with a few sesame seeds.