Pan Fried Snapper with Turmeric & Dill

Pan Fried Snapper with Turmeric & Dill (Cha Ca) is one of Hanoi’s most loved dishes, in fact there is a whole street with it’s name and where you can also find loads of restaurants – of course serving this dish. There is a restaurant called Cha Ca La Vong which has been serving this dish for four generations.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes + 1hr marinating time
  • Serves: 4-6 to share

Hue – Lemongrass Skewers

Lemongrass is one of the most essential ingredients in Vietnamese cooking. It has a fab citrus, gingery aroma that opens up the palate leaving behind the most uplifting flavours.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes + 1hr marinating time
  • Serves: 4-6

Black Seafood Fried Rice

If you’re looking for a new easy mid-week dish, this is the one for you. A fantastic take on the traditional fried rice using these wonderfully dark, nutty and smokey grains.  I have to say I don’t often blow my own trumpet, but every time I devour a mouthful of this dish with the aromatic rice and sweet, delicious seafood all brought together by the asian flavours, I am in foodie heaven.  Make the rice the day before and you can throw dinner on the table in 15 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 4-6

Lemon Infused Olive Oil

Great as a dressing for a salad, drizzled over grilled fish or meats. In a marinade or stir fry. If I’m making a mousse filling for ravioli I use it sometimes instead of having the zest or the juice, which can often bleach the colour out of fresh herbs.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 250mls

Whitebait & Scallop Ravioli – Limoncello & Dill Sauce

Whitebait is fishy gold as far as I’m concerned and when it comes to scallops the season isn’t very long.  This recipe is not only top notch delicious, but also ensures your treasure goes a long, long way.

This was my recent Boxing Day dish and I served it to a genuine bonafide seafood hater, who once the plate was licked clean, presented their ‘Can I have some more’ Oliver Twist eyes!

Pasta does take a little time to prepare, but when it does, it is so very worth it.  I have to say a big thanks to Cam Duff for his generous donation of Whitebait!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 30 mins resting time
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 4