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Monday, January 28, 2008

Barbecued marinated marlin steaks with tabouleh

Barbecued marinated marlin steaks with tabouleh

So I'm not as bad a gardener as I thought. My herbs are thriving! I've been collecting water from the shower (the cold water prior to getting into it, not soapy water) and I've actually got more water than plants. Due to this, and since my existing ones are doing so well, I went and purchased a few more in the weekend (oregano, spinach and lettuce).

Thyme was one of the herbs that I planted back in December, and it has grown large enough that I can occasionally pull sprigs off it to use in my cooking. I bought some fish steaks from the market the other week, and cooked them on the barbecue. They were firm and moist, and the fact that the thyme came from my garden just made it taste even better!

(I didn't follow the tabouleh recipe below, but I've typed it up anyway.)

Barbecued marinated marlin steaks with tabouleh

Barbecued marinated marlin steaks with tabouleh

From Neil Perry's Good Food (the recipe in the book is barbecued marinated chicken with tabouleh).

Serves 4

2 blue marlin steaks,
Extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon
Freshly ground pepper

100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 small red chillies, roughly chopped
3 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
sea salt

140g (5 oz/heaped 3/4 cup) coarse bulghur
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed and chopped
1 Lebanese (short) cucumber, seeds removed and chopped
6 spring onions, chopped
1/2 bunch parsley, stalks only, about 75tg (2 1/2 oz), chopped
1 large handful flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 small handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Process all the marinade ingredients together until well combined. Add the fish to the marinade, mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, to make the tabouleh, soak the bulghur in a bwol with enough water to cover for at least 1 hour. Drain and squeeze out the excess water. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Heat a barbecue to hot, then place the fish on. Cook for 5 minutes and turn, cook for a couple more minutes until cooked to your liking. Cut the steaks in half so you have 4 pieces.

Spoon the tabouleh onto each of four plates, and place a piece of fish on each plate. Drizzle with oil, squeeze over some lemon and give a generous grind of fresh pepper.

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