The Naked Chef Takes Offby Jamie Oliver
In The Naked Chef Takes Off, Oliver returns to offer readers more easy and delicious stripped-down recipes. Oliver features mouthwatering breakfasts, tapas, roasts, fish, and desserts. Each recipe is accompanied by Oliver's commentary, which will encourage and inspire cooks of all levels! The Naked Chef Takes Off has sold more than 150,000 copies in/b>/b>… See more details below
In The Naked Chef Takes Off, Oliver returns to offer readers more easy and delicious stripped-down recipes. Oliver features mouthwatering breakfasts, tapas, roasts, fish, and desserts. Each recipe is accompanied by Oliver's commentary, which will encourage and inspire cooks of all levels! The Naked Chef Takes Off has sold more than 150,000 copies in hardcover in the U.S.
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Monkfish Wrapped in Banana Leaves with Ginger, Cilantro, Chili, and Coconut Milk
You just can't go wrong with this combination of flavors. It's open to all white fish, especially swordfish, cod, haddock, and monkfish. Banana leaves are very easy to buy from Asian stores. Get nice big ones to wrap your fish up in. Failing banana leaves, you can use grapevine leaves which you can get in the supermarket somewhat smaller, but no less tasty for that. If you really can't get hold of any leaves then aluminum foil will do.
4 large banana leaves or grapevine leaves
a little olive oil
2 fresh chilies, red, green or both
2 stalks of lemongrass, outer leaves removed, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
2 good handfuls of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped juice and zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
2 heaped tablespoons finely sliced fresh ginger
6-8 oz monkfish per person
14 oz can of coconut milk
4 rosemary sprigs or bay leaf stalks, to secure
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lay out your banana leaves and rub them with olive oil. Leaving aside your fish, coconut milk, and herbs, sprinkle a little bit of everything else on one end of each leaf. Place your fish on top and then sprinkle what's left over them, except the rosemary or bay leaf sprigs. Pour 5-6 tablespoons of coconut milk into each parcel before folding the leaf over the fish, bringing the sides in and spiking it with a rosemary sprig or bay leaf stalk to secure it. This will look lovely and it's natural, but I have been knownto use a clothes pin or string to hold it all together. It won't be a perfect seal but this allows it to breathe and steam, letting the flavors infuse. So gutsy and tasty. Put your parcels on a tray and bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
I serve the individual parcels on plates at the table and let my friends dissect them. When opened, the fragrant steam wafts up and smells fantastic. Serve with plain boiled rice to mop up the juices that's all it has to be. End of story, done, lovely.
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Love his shows -- Love the book! Great recipes. Very inspiring. Little of this, little of that. Even my kids loved the Fantastic Fish Pie. Check out the 'bevvies' chapter. Really terrific.
I had been watching his show on the food network and loved the way he just threw things into a pot and it always came up fabulous. I bought the first book and absolutely loved it, and then I bought his second one. There is no way you can screw up his recipes. (However, his ingredient expensive. Such as beef fillet, proshutto and exotic veggies.) But it is well worth it and the food always comes out great. I cooked for my boyfriend the beef fillet with porcini mushrooms wrapped in proshutto. Baked asparagus with baby tomatoes and olives. A spinach and pea salad with a lemon dressing. He was absolutely amazed at `how great a cook¿ I was.