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Super quick baked fish

Baking fish is super easy and requires literally no active time. I got a couple yellowtail snapper from Kensington market. Have the fishmonger clean it for you (descale and gut it). When you’re ready to cook it, sprinkle liberally on the outside and inside with salt and pepper, and rub some oil on there (I used olive oil here, just make sure the oil you use doesn’t have a smoke point lower than 400 degrees). I also added some “Bangkok Blend” spice that I got from The Spice Trader on Queen west that is quite nice. Just preheat your oven to 400 degrees, wrap the fish in foil and throw it in there for 40 minutes, depending on your oven. That’s it.

I like to finish with some lime juice and more salt before eating. The meat should just flake off, and chopsticks are best to use I think, but you can also use a fork.

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Lazy Sunday Barbecued Shrimp

I had a pound of frozen, unpeeled, uncooked shrimp in the freezer to use up. This recipe takes about 15 minutes in total. If possible start with fresh unpeeled shrimp, but if you are using frozen, then thaw in some cool water for an hour before you start cooking. You can use peeled, cooked shrimp if you want as well. The barbecue does not come from the cooking method but the flavour of the sauce.

Barbecued Shrimp (serves two, although I was starving and ate the whole thing myself)

-melt 1/2 cup of butter in a pan

-add one teaspoon of each of white pepper, black pepper, cayanne pepper powder, thyme, rosemary and marjoram. Mix together beforehand for better consistency

-add the shrimp and take out and reserve as soon as it’s pink (about 3 minutes). If you’re using cooked shrimp just heat them through, about a minute.

-add a minced clove of garlic, 4-6 tablespoons of white wine, a tablespoon of worcester sauce, 1/2 cup of fish stock (the buillion cubes are fine)

-bring it to a boil and reduce it down until it’s no longer watery, I forget the time, just watch it (see picture).

-plate the shrimp on a bed of rice, and pour the sauce over the rice

-serve immediately.

This is a nice lazy Sunday night dish, easy to cook and quick to clean.

Happy Cooking

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