Domestic diva Silvena Rowe solves your kitchen dilemmas and shares her favourite recipes. Plus, coffee-flavoured tuna? Yes it can work! Get your caffeine fix with this and other aromatic recipes.
I love salmon but all I can do with it is grill it. Please suggest some other easy ways to cook this great fish.
The August 9 issue of Friday had a recipe of mine called ‘Roasted chicken with green marinade’. Use the same marinade to prepare salmon. If you don’t have the magazine, here’s the recipe for the marinade once again.
Purée together: two peeled garlic cloves; the leaves of one bunch of washed coriander; the zest and juice of two lemons; one teaspoon each of sweet paprika, ground cinnamon, ground coriander and salt; half a teaspoon each of ground black pepper, ground cardamom and ground all spice; 100ml olive oil.
Another easy yet delicious way to cook salmon is to steam it with your favourite flavours. Mine are lemon and chilli.
To use this method, simply mix your desired flavourings together, rub over the fish, wrap the fish in paper or foil and steam it.
My daughter leaves home for college soon and she’s going to have to cook for herself. What basic stock items would you advise me to buy her to make a kitchen starter kit?
I went through this with my own sons and we all know that many students are generally just not able to cook good, healthy food for themselves and if they do have the cooking skills, they’re usually too busy to bother. So they can end up going to cheap fast-food joints for some easy and quick solutions, causing their health to suffer.
To ensure your daughter doesn’t fall into that trap, I would suggest you make a list of basic healthy staples that have a long shelf life such as brown pasta, brown rice, good-quality low-salt stock cubes, honey, tinned tuna in water and anything else healthy that she enjoys eating.
She can also stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, nuts and cheese just so she does not snack on high-calorie foods.
To get her interested in cooking, teach her how to make a few of her favourite foods and give her some simple, healthy recipes. Write the recipes down in a beautiful notebook and give it to her as a gift. Trust me, she will treasure it. I often wish I had done the same with my boys.
When I do my weekly grocery sshopping, I am extremely fussy about the quality of fresh herbs and salad leaves, but despite this, a few days later they go limp in the refrigerator. How can I ensure my greens last for a week at least?
The best way to store your fresh greens is to wrap them in a sheet of newspaper or a damp cloth. This is a hassle-free way of ensuring they remain fresh for longer. Try it. ● Do you have a question for Silvena? Email her at Friday@gulfnews.com. Please write ‘Domestic Diva’ in the subject line of your email.