Confessions of a Secret Dinner

It was a crispy sunny autumn day when I started getting ready for Secret Dinner No 11. Can’t believe that this was the 11th one, exciting also as it was a new location with new challenges and a new starter. Secret Dinner is a marketing concept that I have been driving to market my travel bureau, Out of The Box Travel and to showcase my fusion food talents to Stockholmers. The location( usually a private home ), the people and the menu remains a secret until very very close to the happening…

My first activity was to gather some of the secret ingredients that I had picked up at the last Farmers Market on Bondegatan, and bike over to Gamla Stan. I arrived at the new location, a beautiful apartment and Lo and Behold!. my new location host had already set up the table…this is just great, maybe a criteria for future apartments haha….pure happiness to begin the day with such a gift…..thanks J&J!

Next stop was the famous Hötorgetshallen for buying the fish and some of the veggies…..here is a short film from my market visit…….

Lately, I have fallen in love with all the nature programmes on  TV and remember seeing this amazing film about Northern bears and their diet of salmon, berries as they prepare for the great winter…..and thought that my signature  dish is an ode to the bear and the nature around us…..eating salmon soaked in rich tandoori flavours, combining the beautiful orange halvtorn berries rich in vitamin c,  antioxidants and omegas, all the goodness of the local nature here along with the exotic taste of India…warming us for the winter. The carrots and zucchini gives a very wholesome alternative to carbs and the mango aioli gives the Indian zing to the whole dish. This dish can be served with a nice dry and chilled white Reisling  …..Smaklig Måltid as they say in Swedish!

Picture is taken by my friends from Barabild

Sanjoos Lax nam nam

Serves 4

600 grams fresh salmon ( 4 x 150 grams)
100 g mayonnaise
3 teaspoons mango chutney
1 small clove garlic
for the filling:
4 tablespoons cream cheese
1 / 2 spring onions chopped fine
2 tablespoons sour creame or Creme fraische
a pinch of white pepper
for the fish marinade:
2 tablespoons tandoori paste or  powder( off the shelf or home-made)
2 tablespoons sour cream or greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon tomato paste
vegetables:
4 large carrots
1 zucchini
salt and pepper

1. Turn on oven to 150 degrees.
2. Make first mangoaioli. Squeeze the garlic, add the chutney and mayonnaise. Mix all ingredients and chill.
3. Mix all the ingredients for the tandoori marinade together in a bowl.
4. Mix the soft cheese with the finely chopped onion, creme fraiche and season with white pepper for the salmon filling.
5. Make an incision in the side or top of the salmon, like a pocket. Thinly cover the salmon with the tandoori marinade and let it stand at room temperature for minimum 20 minutes- 30 mins or 1 hour in the fridge.
6. Open the pocket of the salmon, carefully insert/place 1 tablespoon of the salmon filling , place the salmon on a plate. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, depending on its thickness.
7.  Prepare the vegetables while the salmon is being marinaded. Peel the carrots, zucchini and slicing them into thin slices lengthwise with a cheese slicer or a vegetable peeler. Fry the vegetables in olive oil and salt over high to medium heat until they are softer but still a bit crispy.
8.Place the vegetables in the middle of the plate, and place the salmon onthe bed of vegetables. Add a dollop of mango aioli on the fish. Decorate with some  buckthorn berries or havtorn and a sprig of thyme.

Bon Appetit!!!

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3 Responses to “Confessions of a Secret Dinner”
  1. Cay Bond says:

    Thank you for the lovely recepy Sanjoo, given in your nice lively way!

    By the way, one comment on Hudson that we have experienced. It is certainly a social place and a funny nice hotel, although beware that most rooms are big as shoeboxes so if you happen to be a lucky couple you should make sure that you get a larger room, otherwise one of you will have to sleep in the luggage!

    Cay

  2. Cool article. It’s about time to find interesting content for a change.

  3. Naomi says:

    That looks amazing! Lovely colors and sounds absolutely delicious, too.

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