Poke bowl

Poke is pronounced (poh-keh) and rhymes with okay. Okay?!

If you haven’t heard of a poke bowl, well let me introduce you. Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish (salmon, snapper, tuna) – in salty sauces often made with soy sauce, ponzu or spicy black-bean paste to highlight the fatty fish.. which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and hot sauce.

Kinda like a sushi bowl. Get your chopsticks out!

I must add avo is a bloody good addition to this bowl. It gives a nice creamy element. Only, I had run out when I made this. Boo.

You can use whatever vegetables you fancy in your poke. Try radish, crispy fried shallots, kai lan, lettuce, bean shoots etc. Mix it up!

 

serves 2

ingredients

1/4 cup organic tamari
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 fillets salmon *sashimi grade
2 sliced green onions *green part only … reserve the white for your garnish
white sesame seeds

1 bunch broccolini
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
kecap manis
cooked brown rice
cucumber ribbons
carrot matchsticks
wakame seaweed *buy dried from your Asian supermarket + rehydrate with water
1 cup edamame
spicy kraut
snow pea sprouts
lime *cut in two
fermented red pepper + miso mayo *or, try mixing home made mayo + organic sriracha
black sesame seeds
shichimi togarashi *you can purchase from an Asian supermarket + gives some heat

 

Combine the tamari, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar + ginger in a large flat bowl. Stir well.

Remove the skin from the salmon fillets and cube into 1cm pieces (a tip is to keep the salmon a tiny bit frozen – not completely, so it is easier to cut). Place the salmon in the marinade and coat well. Scatter with green onions (green part) + a pinch of white sesame. Place in the fridge to keep cold.

Trim your broccolini. Get a cast iron skillet hot + drizzle the sesame oil in the pan. Add the broccolini, + a little splash of kecap manis. Sauté until cooked, but still a nice crisp to it. Set aside.

Assemble your bowls. Add a generous scoop of brown rice, lay the broccolini on top. Add the cucumber ribbons, carrot matchsticks, wakame seaweed, edamame + a generous spoonful of kraut off to the side. Place your salmon in the bowl + a bunch of snow pea sprouts on top. Add half a lime in each bowl.

Drizzle spicy mayo all over.

Scatter with green onions (white part), a pinch of black sesame + schichimi togarashi.

 


 

With love,

Kristy x

 

Wild snapper curry

Bold curry flavours, in a spicy, creamy coconut broth. This dish is cooked all in one pan, which makes it easy + relatively quick to cook.

If you don’t have access to finger lime (which is native to Australia), then you can substitute with fresh squeezed lime juice. I am fortunate enough to have a kaffir lime tree, finger lime, chilli + coriander all grown in my garden. What a treat it is to go + pick ingredients to cook with for dinner!

Use whatever chilli you fancy … if you like it hot, then by all means!

*serves 4

ingredients

1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1/2 brown onion finely diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced
1 inch ginger finely grated
1 heaped tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tin organic coconut cream
2 tomatoes chopped
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 green chilli diced
splash fish sauce
sea salt/black pepper
1 kg wild snapper cut into large chunks

to serve
fresh coriander leaves

1 red chilli sliced
1 finger lime 

method

Melt the ghee in a deep saucepan over a medium heat.

Add the mustard seeds. Cook until they begin to pop.

Add the onion + sauté until translucent, then add the garlic + ginger. Continue to cook for a minute.

Add the curry powder + turmeric and cook for another minute or so, or until fragrant.

Add the coconut cream and stir well to incorporate the onion + spices. Bring to a gentle simmer.

Add the tomatoes, kaffir lime leaves, green chilli + fish sauce. Taste + season.

Turn the pan to a lower heat + allow the flavours to really develop for around 10 minutes (you will see a nice crust forming around the pan).

Add a little water (1/4 cup) + stir, if the curry becomes too thick.

Add the fish and poach for 7 minutes, or until firm to touch.

Serve with steamed rice.

Scatter with fresh coriander + sliced red chilli.

Halve the finger lime + pop the citrus caviar all over the curry.

Chilli coconut curry mussels

Mussels have little impact on surrounding ecosystems, are a sustainable protein, and are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Not only that, they are juicy, tender and taste of the sea. The addition of turmeric and other ground spices give the curry its beautiful golden hue.

Brimming with nutrition and flavour!

Looking for something new to try/cook up this weekend?

Mussels take no time to cook – which makes this meal a go-to for a quick whip up (+ looks bloody fantastic!).

I like to serve this curry up with steamed brown rice and fresh herbs.

ingredients

Serves 4

1kg certified organic mussels
1/2 diced red onion
1 tsp grated ginger
2-3 cloves diced garlic
1 & 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 & 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
400g organic diced tomatoes
400g organic coconut milk
1 cup organic veggie stock

fresh coriander
fennel fronds

method

Sauté the onion in a wok – with a splash of evoo, over a medium heat until translucent.

Stir in the ginger and garlic and continue to sauté for 30 secs or so. Throw in all of the ground spices and chilli flakes (you can add more if you like it spicy). Stir and cook until fragrant.

Add the chopped tomatoes and stock to the wok and stir. Simmer for around 20 mins until the mixture reduces and becomes thicker.

Add the coconut milk and drained mussels and stir. I like to reserve a couple of tablespoons of the sea water, to add to the curry for that extra sea saltiness.

Cover and cook for 6-8 mins, or until the mussels open up. Not all of them will.

Serve immediately with steamed rice, scatter with fresh coriander, fresh chilli and fennel fronds.