If you can’t stand heat
Try super-fast meals which require less time spent in the kitchen
AS MUCH as I love cooking, standing in a hot kitchen is just not that appealing at the moment.
It’s just too warm to be slaving over a hot oven.
During a recent cook-up for some work mates I stood in the heat filled kitchen with the sun beaming in through the windows thinking ‘why on earth did a decide to make a dish that required having the oven at 200 degrees?’
Since then it’s only gotten hotter so I have been throwing together super-fast meals which require minimal amount of time spent in the kitchen and no interaction with the oven.
This meal is one of those. Apart from cooking the pasta, everything else can be thrown in cold with just the residual heat from the pasta to warm it through.
It’s also a bit of a one pot wonder that requires a little slicing and not much else to get it over the line.
If you are looking to beef it out a bit with some more ingredients, add in some finely diced red onion and some green baby spinach leaves or rocket leaves.
If you are not s fan of salmon or you are feeding a few more mouths and are finding it a bit pricey, swap it out for tuna in olive oil – you might want to heat it through a little more though if you do.
And the best thing about this dish is that it works not only warm but as a cold side salad making it perfect for these steamy hot summer nights.
Easy salmon and dill pasta
250g packet of penne pasta 120g packet smoked salmon Juice of one lemon 2 tablespoons capers 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 tablespoons fresh dill Splash of extra virgin olive oil
Cook pasta until al dente and drain.
Slice salmon into small pieces or strips.
Combine pasta, salmon, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, dill and sour cream.
Serve warm or cold.
The best thing is that it works not only warm but as a cold side salad
Replace salmon for tuna if you