What to cook if you don’t have much time

My latest quick recipe: if I show you mine, will you show me yours?


Salmon, fresh or frozen, laid in an oven proof dish.
About a third of a loaf of bread, crusts cut off.
Green pesto from a jar.



Put salmon in lightly oiled dish, skin side down .
Turn bread into crumbs in Magimix or similar, or simply by grating.
Put crumbs in a mixing bowl and stir in about a third of a jar of green pesto.
Add grated cheese and mix well.
Pile this topping on top of the salmon and bake in the oven, about 20 mins if the salmon is not frozen, or a little longer if frozen.

You then have 20 mins to do what ever else you have to do…

Author: Sarah

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12 thoughts on “What to cook if you don’t have much time”

  1. I’ve never tried cooking this but I intend to. It may be more suitable for lunch, but it sounds pretty simple. From a friend:

    A simple Coquille St Jacques

    Saute half and onion and 2 cloves of garlic in oil or butter and add some chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper.

    Remove the onion and etc and heat up the juice left in the frying pan. Add the scallops, two large ones per person, and cook for a minute or so, they take a bit longer if frozen.

    Add the onions back into the pan and throw in a glass of white wine. Simmer for a couple of minutes, remove from heat and stir in the cream. Once thickened remove from the pan, put into a shallow casserole dish, cover with grated cheese and put under the grill until melted and golden.

  2. Drool! I shall try both these recipes next week, but tomorrow for lunch we’re going to my favourite restaurant up in the hills. Amongst other goodies there will be wild rabbit, boar and quail on the menu.


  3. Having just read Araminta’s post and this – doesn’t anyone out there suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or all the other myriad of conditions that require a low fat diet? Cheese, cream, butter, duck or goose fat? Forget it – they are all off the menu! And as for Luigis – will he deliver to Brisbane?


  4. Bravo’s easy spaghetti: Put some water in a saucepan salt it to taste and set it to heat. Take some cherry tomatoes, wash them and chuck ’em in a bowl. Chop some onion; chuck that in the bowl. Smoosh a couple of cloves of garlick, scrape the smooshings into the bowl. Sprinkle in some olive oil and some black pepper, and a couple of glugs of wine from that bottle of vaguely red stuff that Aunt Eth’ gave you, if you like. Take a potato masher and mash all the stuff in the bowl together. Set a kettle to boil. The water should now be boiling. Dump a couple of handfulls of spaghetti in the bowl. Spray a non- stick frying pan with oil and dump the stuff from the bowl in it. Stir gently to warm it through while testing the spaghetti. When the spaghetti is al dente, or softer if you prefer, dump it into a colander and rinse with the boiling water from the kettle. Plate the spaghetti, dump the warm smooshings on top, sprinkle with grated cheese and something out of one of the little shakers of dried and milled green stuff most people have in the kitchen – pick one you like. Goes well with a glass or two of not too expensive, robust Italian or Spanish wine πŸ™‚

    Takes longer to write the method than it does to make.

  5. Thank you Bravo. Excellent.

    Have just discovered jamie’s 30 minute dinners on TV… as I don’t watch much I hadn’t seen this before. Its on now. Just my sort of cooking

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