Food

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.

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

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.

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