Monday, September 20, 2010

Roasted Salmon for Hotel LaLaLa'a Special Guest

I don’t know if you’ve heard about virtual L. Gaga visiting the funkiest boutique hotel in the blogosphere recently – Hotel LaLaLa. Well if you haven’t, we urge you to check immediately. We as lazy cooks were flattered when the hotel manager (Asli) asked us to cook a special seafood dish for Gaga. We decided to go for roasted salmon as it seemed to us she likes fish looking at her gorgeous dress in LaLaLa! 

We went to our usual organic supermarket to get a fresh, good quality salmon fillet, creme fraiche, a fennel bulb and some fresh herbs for roasting. For this, we seasoned the salmon with salt and pepper, squeezed in some sliced fennels within the fish, spread some crème fraiche over it (not too much) and finally sprinkled some fresh herbs on top (parsley, mint, basil in our case, thyme would be great but it was out of stock). The fish will be cooked in generally 15-20 minutes until the center is translucent (cut the thickest part of the fillet to see) as an overcooked salmon is just a waste. 

This very simple-to-prepare dish is actually very tasty so we hope Miss Gaga enjoys her fish with a potato and pea mash on the side. For this we peeled and sliced the potatoes, boiled them in salty water. When they are cooked, we put them in a pan along with 1.5 glasses of milk, a knob of butter and some frozen peas to simmer for couple of minutes and to be mashed together. But not with a food processor as it should be coarse and of course seasoned with salt and pepper.

Bon appetite Miss Gaga!

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