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AURORA ON TOUR
Aurora providing a diversion along the Great Wall of China.
SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot
courage to change the
things I can;
and wisdom to know the
4 kipfler potatoes
1 large red capsicum
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, removed
from the stalks
3 tablespoons plain flour
4 pieces boneless blue-eye trevalla,
3.5 tablespoons butter
1 soft fresh chorizo, sliced
50g fresh or frozen peas
50ml verjuice or lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Simmer potatoes in salted, boiling water
until cooked but still quite firm. Dr ain
and set aside to cool completely. When
cold, slice into 0.5cm thick pieces, at
Place the capsicum over the flame
of your gas cooktop. Rotate until the
skin is evenly blistered and star ting to
blacken. Place in a plastic container with
the lid on while still hot. If you're not
cooking with gas, oil the skin and rotate
for 15 minutes in the oven, then place in
container. When cool peel the skin away.
Slice the flesh of the peeled capsicum
into 0.5cm thick strips .
In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of
olive oil with a generous pinch of salt,
CRISPY SKINNED BLUE-EYE
WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER, CHORIZO AND POTATO
Chef Bart's culinary gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter
St Newcastle West, 8.30am-2.00pm,
Monday-Friday. P 4961 0546.
People often say to me, "I never eat enough fish" -- often because they're not sure how to
cook it at home. But cooking with fish is easier than you think. The fish used in this recipe,
blue-eye trevalla, also known as blue- eyed cod, is usually sold as fillets or cutlets and is
easy to cook. When buying these fillets look for firm, white flesh with a fresh sea smell.
Blue- eye is a super-healthy fish, low in mercury and rich in omega 3. This dish is full of
flavour and sure to please. Hope you enjoy.
pepper to taste and the two teaspoons
of fresh thyme; place the sliced capsicum
in this marinade and mix well. Set a side
to allow the flavour s to infuse.
Sprinkle flour onto a plate and coat the
skin only of the fish in the flour. Heat an
ovenproof frying pan over medium heat
and add olive oil. When the oil is hot,
place the fish skin-side down in the pan
to sear. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to
the pan and place in the preheated oven
until fish is cooked and skin is crispy,
approximately 8 minutes.
While the fish is in the oven place half a
tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon
of olive oil in another fr ying pan.
Slowly cook the sliced chorizo over a
gentle heat. Add the cooled and sliced
potatoes and cook until golden. Stir in
the capsicum with the marinade and the
pea s. Remove from heat.
Remove fish from the pan and rest
for 5 minutes skin-side up to retain a
Degla ze the pan the fish was cooked in
over a high heat with 50 ml of verjuice
or lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of
butter to create a light sauce; season
with salt and pepper to taste.
Divide the capsicum, chorizo, potato
and peas between four plates and
place a fillet of blue-eye directly on top,
skin-side up. Spoon over 2 tablespoons
per ser ve of the verjuice sauce to finish.
Ser ve immediately.
BY TANYA RUSSELL
The phra se, "The apple doesn't fall far
from the tree" is often interpreted to
mean that our offspring resemble us in
many ways. In Far From the Tree, Andrew
Solomon explores the opposite of this.
This book contains inter views by Solomon
which draw us into worlds we knew
existed but could not fully under stand.
When expecting a child, many parents
are full of wonder, excitement, perhaps
trepidation; imagining how their child
might look, its gender and how this
baby will change their lives. Solomon
opens discussions with parents whose
baby is not the one they expected.
Theirs is profoundly different, due to
medical or developmental conditions
such as deafness, dwar fism, multiple
severe disability or Down's syndrome.
Solomon also meets parents and families
whose 'normal' infant later presents
with conditions such as autism or severe
mental illness such as schizophrenia . He
also comments on families of children
who are prodigies, comparing genius with
disability, as well a s on children conceived
by rape, children who are tr ansgender
and children who grow up to live a life
Solomon begins, "There is no such thing
as reproduction." He indicates that this
ter m suggests a duplication of the parents,
and only ser ves to comfor t expectant
parents. Solomon explores the difficulties
and rewards in life for families unprepared
for children with unfamiliar needs. This
book does not propose a fairy-tale view
of triumph through adver sity, but shows
us lives which are a mix ture of fear, love,
physical and emotional challenges, political
red tape and lots of learning as well as
profound acceptance .
Solomon describes the challenges he
faced when he accepted his being gay.
Growing up, he wa s led to believe that
homosexuality was a crime and an illness,
and he tried to change. He also struggled
to gain his parents' acceptance. The book
comes full circle with Solomon's becoming
a father. He admits that he sometimes
thought the "heroic parents in this book
were fools, enslaving themselves to a life's
jour ney with their alien children, trying to
breed identity out of misery". Solomon
poignantly ends his stor y by saying that he
wa s "ready to join them on their ship".
Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon,
Random House Books, 2014.
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