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Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

This dish is an adaption of the traditional Nicoise salad and was originally made in South Africa using the kob fish (kabeljou), a well-known saltwater fish that is readily sourced from local fishing villages. Wild sea bass would also work well as an easily sourced responsible alternative for those living in the northern hemisphere. Soft quail eggs can also be placed on top of the fish for variation. Kwande dish Ingredients For the fish 800gms fish fillet – deboned and cut into 4 equal portions Salt For the warm Nicoise salad 12 sugarsnap peas 1 red Onion, top and tailed, cut in half and in segments 12 olives – remove pips if necessary 12 cherry tomatoes 1/8 cup chopped herbs (chervil, dill, coriander) Olive oil for frying For the parmesan cream sauce 1 onion 1 clove garlic 60g butter 300ml cream 100g grated parmesan cheese 5ml Whole grain mustard Salt Squeeze of lemon juice For the leek angel hair 1 leek, cut in halve and finely julienne Clean oil for deep frying Directions For the fish Score the skin with a very sharp knife; each portion should have 2–3 neat scores on the skin, then salt the skin. Pack the portions, skin-side down on paper towel. Wrap and refrigerate. For the parmesan cream sauce Finely chop 1 onion and sweat in butter with 1 clove of crushed garlic. Add the cream and reduce. Then add the parmesan cheese and mustard. Mix well and season with salt and lemon juice. Strain. Add cream to correct consistency if necessary. For the leek angel hair Quickly deep fry the julienne leeks in hot oil until crispy, take out of the oil and drain on kitchen paper. 20 minutes before cooking: remove the fish from the fridge. Discard the paper towel. Salt the skin again and leave open, skin-side up, to dry the skin as much as possible. To cook the fish Heat a heavy based pan (with no oil in the pan) until the pan is smoking hot. Pat dry the skin of the fish with paper towel. Pour 15ml of oil into the hot pan and spread. Place the fish carefully into the pan skin side down and allow to sear the skin until the skin is crispy and brown. Once the skin is crispy flip the fish to brown the flesh. Place on a baking tray with a knob of butter and finish cooking in the oven if it is a thick piece of fish or just finish cooking it in the pan if it is a thin piece of fish. To cook the salad Warm a sauté pan with a drop of olive oil. Add the salad and sauté until cooked through, add a pinch of herbs at the last moment and season with salt. Place the salad neatly in the middle of a hot pasta bowl and top with the fish – skin side up. Drizzle the parmesan cream sauce over the fish and a little around the fish, scatter parmesan shavings. Top with the leek angel hair and serve immediately. Thank you to Bongi Basi, Junior Chef at Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, for the recipe. If you have a recipe you would like to share with  A Luxury Travel Blog’s readers, please contact us.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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