White Fish Tagine with Asparagus Salad, Yogurt dressing and chia-coconut drink

After a long hiatus, I delved back into Jamie’s 15 minute meals. I chose the White Fish Tagine but with my own twist. Instead of white fish, I used a marinara seafood mix I bought at the local supermarket. I also swapped the couscous for quinoa which is a nice healthy grain with lots of fiber.

I also swapped the salad for another one from Jamie’s collection and I have added delicious drink recipe of my own. Keep reading to find out what it is!

So here is the recipe


And here are all my ingredients nicely laid out. I added some fennel and onion to the recipe to make it heartier.


As instructed by Jamie, I started with all the ingredients in my baking dish.


The green paste is a mint, ginger and lemon paste I made in the food processor to make the most of the large bunch of mint I got at the local market. This way I don’t waste any mint and I can use the paste in a number of different ways as you will see.


Topped it with the passata and added the seafood mix


And seasoned with harissa and chilli flakes


After 15 minutes in the oven, it was done!

Now for the salad. I found some lovely asparagus in the market so I decided to use it along with some avocado and fennel in a salad. I found this idea for cooking asparagus on Jamie’s website


So I made my mind butter with the mint paste I made earlier and some butter. It was delicious!


I cooked the asparagus by boiling it for 5 minutes, added it to the fennel an avocado and drizzled the mint butter. Here is the finished salad.


Now instead of couscous, I decided to use quinoa. It’s part of my healthy eating resolution for this year. Quinoa needs to be cooked as one part of quinoa with one and a half parts water. Cook it on the stove top until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is translucent. I added some of the mint paste and some lemon for flavoring.

The last item on Jamie’s recipe is the yogurt. I simply used my ever versatile mint paste in the yogurt with some more lemon and it was done! That’s 4 ways of using the mint paste but we are not done yet!


As a bonus, I decided to try out something I saw on a cooking show on TV. It was a juice making episode on Justine’s Schofield’s show called Everyday Gourmet. Here is the link to the recipe.


And here is some more information http://ohsheglows.com/2013/03/01/chia-fresca-a-natural-energy-drink/

Adding some black chia seeds to coconut water will give you a crunchy jellylike energy boost that you can add to any drink. I was intrigued by the idea so I decided to try this out myself. Here is my chia-coconut mix.


And here is the final drink. Apple-ginger juice + chia-coconut mix + mint leaves + one strawberry + a few mint leaves (or a tiny bit of the paste) It was really yummy and refreshing and perfect now that summer is heating up.


That was my meal today. Jamie is back in my kitchen!



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