Salmon with grilled white polenta

Salmon in saffron sauce One day when dining with my girlfriend in the “Oljka ošterija” we came across a lovely salmon dish. Usually I’m not a fan of salmon because of its strong taste, but this one was prepared perfectly in a creamy saffron sauce with white polenta and rocket. The taste was just amazing and I wanted to reproduce this one at home. The problem with salmon is, if you don’t properly bake it, it won’t be good. If you overcook it, it will be dry, if you undercook it, it will be raw. So we want a kind of medium consistency, I admit it, I screwed up the first time, but I’m getting better at it. So here is the dish.


For 2 persons

2 salmon fillets

For the quick marinade
1/2 orange
1/4 lemon
1 tbsp of grounded chilli
1 tbsp of salt
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1/2 tbsp of basil

For the sauce
1 cooking cream (200 ml)
1 tbsp of salt
1/2 tbsp of black pepper
5 tbsp of saffron
2 spoons of white wine
3 shallots
2 tbsp of olive oil

1 package of instant white polenta
4 fists of rocket
chives to garnish

Firstly cook the white polenta per instructions, set it in a large small container (so that you can cut cubes out of it later) and put it in the fridge to cool down. Meanwhile, get yourself a board. Put all the ingredients for the marinade on it (just throw it on and squeeze the fruits) now take the salmon and rub it on it on both sides. Set aside. Get yourself a pan, add some olive oil and chopped shallots. When they start to get golden add the cooking cream, saffron, salt, black pepper and mix thoroughly. After a few seconds add the wine and mix again. Wait till it thickens and set aside. Now add some oil to the pan and cook the salmon on both sides, when your skin starts to get a bit crispy push the salmon down with a spatula, when crispened half thorough, turn it around. Grill the polenta on both sides. Now to serve, add the polenta slices on a plate, drizzle with sauce (don’t be skimpy) and put the salmon on top. Add some rocket and garnish with two slices of chives.

Spicy beef noodles with peanuts

Spicy beef noodles Another day, another noodle dish I say. The good thing about noodles is that you can practically throw anything you like in the pot and you will get great stuff out of it. I came up with this one when I had some huge amounts of chili to use. The result was awesome and it practically almost melted in my mouth. I couldn’t stop eating it. If I had another packet of noodles I’d make it again!


For 1 person

1 packet of noodles
5 spoons of minced beef
2 mushrooms
1/4 of chilli
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 spring onion

Chop the mushrooms and the chili. Get the white part of the spring onion and chop it. Add some olive oil to a pan and add the onions, mushrooms and chili. When the mushrooms are almost soft add the beef. Wait until it browns and then add the sugar, ketchup and soy sauce and mix. In the meantime cook your noodles. Now mix the noodles and the beef sauce. Add peanuts and the chopped spring onion leaves and you’re done!