For the Pesto:
To make the pesto:
- Place a small frying pan over a medium heat, tip in the pine nuts and toast until very lightly golden – keep them moving so they don’t burn, then place in a small bowl and put to one side.
- Peel the garlic, then place in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt.
- Pick and tear in the basil leaves.
- Bash the mixture to a paste, then add the pine nuts and pound again, leaving a little bit of texture. Scrape the mixture into the small bowl.
- Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil – you need just enough to bind the pesto and give it an oozy consistency – then finely grate and stir through the Parmesan.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Have a taste and season with a pinch of black pepper and a squeeze more lemon juice, if you think it needs it.
To cook the vegetables:
- Scrub the potatoes well, then trim the beans and broccoli.
- Fill a large pan three quarters of the way up with boiling water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, carefully add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes, adding the beans and the broccoli for the final 5 minutes. Meanwhile…
To cook the fish:
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat.
- Rub the salmon fillets all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Place in the hot pan, skin-side down, turn the heat down to medium and cook for 4 minutes, or until golden underneath.
- Use a fish slice to turn them over, then cook the fillets for a further 2 to 3 minutes, or until just cooked through.
- Remove the pan from the heat, rest for 30 seconds, then add a good squeeze of lemon juice and give the pan a good shake.
To assemble your meal:
- Drain the vegetables well, then tip into to a large bowl. Add the pesto, then use tongs to coat everything nicely.
- Divide the fish fillets and vegetables between your plates, drizzle over the juices from the pan, then serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over.
Pesto is fantastic – everyone likes it. As well as dressing vegetables, try it with pasta, roast meats on hot toasts, or drizzled over soups. Just give it a bash!
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