Tuesday 11 December 2012

What Christmas Is Really About #1 Cured Salmon With Avocado Puree

It is the special time of the year to gather together and rejoice that Jesus came to earth. Christmas is coming! If you're planning an intimate meal for six or more that needs little preparation, check out my special Christmas menu for you.  Sit back and relax with your guests, to share, reflect and celebrate what Christmas is really about. I will be sharing a six course meal with you, starting with this Cured Salmon With Avocado Purée.
Cured Salmon with Avocado Puree

Ingredients (serves 6)

500g white sugar
500g salt
1/2 bunch dill, roughly chopped
2 lemons, zested and juiced
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 kg fresh salmon fillet, skin removed and pin-boned
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and julienned
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Avocado Puree
3 avocados, peeled and stones removed
1/2 lemon, juiced
30ml cold water
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine sugar, salt, dill and both types of zest and juice in owl. Spoon 1/2 mixture onto piece of plastic wrap large enough to wrap salmon and spread evenly over area the size of fillet.
  • Top with salmon and spoon remaining mixture over other side. Wrap, and then wrap 2 more times. Refrigerate for 24 hours, turning every 6-8 hour. Mixture may leak, so place on tray.

  • Unwrap, rinse off marinade under cold water and pat dry with paper towl. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate till needed.

Avocado Puree

  • Place all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in blender and process till smooth. Season with salt and pepper

To serve, use very sharp knife to cut salmon into 5mm slices. You should get around 4 slices per person. Arrange on platter and spoon random daubs of avocado puree over salmon. Arrange apples on platter and garnish with dill. Drizzle olive oil over.

I will share another easy to prepare Christmas dish in my next post.

What Christmas Is Really About

Christmas is really about God's love for us. His gift to all mankind in the coming of Christ, and our eternity.
Christmas is really about Jesus, who was born, suffered and died for the punishment of our sins

Think of the first Christmas gift, of God giving himself, and that is the greatest and most profound gift ever given.

'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.'    John 3:16

'Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.'             Isaiah 7:14

'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.'        Romans 15:13

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