2.0 tsp cumin seeds , crushed
2.0 tsp coriander seeds , crushed
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp turmeric
2 lemons , 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges to serve
8 mackerel fillets , skin on and scaled
500.0g small new potatoes , halved
4 spring onions , chopped
1 lemon , zested and juiced
3.0 tbsp olive oil
a large bunch parsley , chopped
Mix together the cumin, coriander, cayenne and turmeric with the lemon juice and season really well. Make diagonal slashes in the skin of the mackerel and rub the spice mix all over. Leave for 20 minutes to marinate.
To make the salad, boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes until tender.
Toss with the other ingredients while warm.
Grill the mackerel skin-side up for about 7 minutes until cooked through. Serve with the potato salad.
Serves 4, Ready in 40 mins
Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Tesco £4.99 (offer, until 12 June)
Out of the strong sunshine pouring onto many New World vineyards cometh forth in their white wines sweetness — often too much of it for Sauvignon Blancs, best attractively dry.
This South African from the Cape of Good Hope was far from sugary. Straight from the ’fridge it was very aggressively dry. There was almost no nose. Much too cold, I opined.
So it proved. Bring the bottle out to take the chill off: 10 minutes in the room was needed. Swirled in the glass, now, from its very light gold, came a powerful aroma of sweet white peeled pear slices and citrus. On the palate, held in medium body, that over-powering dryness was now cleanly refreshing, with excellent balanced acidity hinting of grapefruit. On the long finish there was a vibration of both the citrus and a touch of something stronger, perhaps grape skin soft tannins, with also a faint hint of honey.
Alcohol by Vol. 11.5%. Just a right aperitif for hot summer weather, a fine match for grilled mackerel or other healthily oily fish I’d say. First Cape is now marketing low alcohol (5.5%) hybrids, curiously called their Café Collection, blending wine with fruit juice. They’ve not yet come my way, is all I can say.