Posts Tagged ‘leeks’

I adapted this recipe from a Marcus Wareing recipe. I love his book, I genuinely want to cook everything in it… Anyway, he uses cod and I used halibut… He uses a lot of blue cheese, but I wanted to retain the flavour of the beautiful milky fish sauce, so I added small chunks of Roquefort cheese so when you ate it, you got the occasional hit, rather than a dominating flavour. The ramekins that we bought for the chocolate mousses we made a while back were the perfect size, which was nice.


  • 400 ml of semi skimmed milk
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 1/4 bunch of thyme
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 450g cod or halibut
  • 1 leeks chopped
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 50g of blue roquefort cheese
  • handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 egg yolk, from a free range egg
  • puff pastry


In a deep saucepan, add the , milk, 100ml of the stock, thyme and garlic and warm through on a low heat, do not boil.

Season the white fish with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add this to the sauce, and poach for about 7 or 8 minutes.

You’ll see it turning from translucent to white. Remove the fish and put to one side. Then put the sauce in a jug and put to one side as well.

Melt half  the butter in a frying and cook the chopped leeks for 5 mins, then add the other half of chicken stock to the leeks and cook for a further 5 minutes and then set aside.

Now in a another (or the same frying pan if it’s been washed) melt the other half of the butter over a medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes. Now get your jug of white sauce (garlic and bay leaves removed) and add a dash of the liquid to the flour and butter, whisk vigorously, then, when that has blended in, add the rest of the liquid slowly to create a nice creamy texture. Check the sauce for seasoning.

Take your ramekin and evenly disperse the white fish, the leeks and the crumbled Roquefort.

Place a disc of fresh puff pastry over the ramekin, brush with egg yolk and bake in the oven at 180C for 20- 25 minutes. I think this would go well with steamed broccoli and buttery new potatoes.


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This is a really famous Spanish dish. It literally translates as “lentils” in English, but clearly this is a lot more than just lentils. I’m not sure where the dish comes from, but it is always on the menu at the six million restaurants here in Madrid, by the way that’s about a  ratio of approximately two restaurants per person…

They call these types of dishes “spoon food” for obvious reasons. It is a kind of soupy dish really although apparently traditionally “lentejas” was served not like a soup but with very thick stew like consistency, so I think that means that they would have cooked the lentils for longer.

The lentils used here are dried, but the kind that you actually don’t have to leave soaking over night. Many thanks to Tatiana for the recipe!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 leeks (finely chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (diced)
  • lentils (smallest kind) 1 small coffee cup per person.
  • 2 medium sized potatoes (halved)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 2 tbsp of tomato purée
  • 2 cloves of garlic very finely chopped or puréed
  • chorizo (optional)
  • spicy paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • water
  • vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • olive oil


In a large pan fry the onion and the green pepper in some olive oil for about 5 minutes, then add the leeks and fry for a further couple of minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and cover with 1/2 water and 1/2 vegetable stock. be quite generous, so that means double the amount of liquid to the rest of the ingredients. Cover with a lid and simer for an hour. About 5 minutes before the lentils are cooked, add the chorizo (halved) and cook for about 5 minutes longer. Serve with crusty bread and red wine.

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