THE FESTIVE WARMUPPosted 7 December 2017 by The Saucy Fish Co.
Even though the decorations go up sooner every year; and the seasonal songs hit stores in October – Christmas sure can sneak up on us. Presents to buy! Cards to write! Itchy Rudolph jumpers to wear!
Breathe. You’ve got this. What you need is a festive warmup to get in the Christmas spirit, and melt those worries away. Sure, there are those old hacks to get your seasonal groove on: chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mulled wine, bad cracker jokes… But that’s kinda missing what the season’s all about.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3... and 4.
Festive Warmup Formula:
1. Help someone out or put a big grin on someone’s face– whether it’s taking an elderly neighbour shopping, leaving someone a kind note at work or babysitting for that hardworking mum.
2. Have a clear out of stuff you don’t need, and donate it to charity or a shelter.
3. Make a list of everything in life that you’re grateful for – and check in on it, when all the Christmas shopping and entertaining leaves you frazzled.
4. Think about those pals that you haven’t seen in a while. This is the perfect time to reach out and make sure that you don’t lose touch. Call them up. Set a date. Then invite them round to bond over this heart-warming one-pot wonder...
Tomato and Chilli Chutney Salmon Stew
○ 2 white onions
○ 1 clove garlic
○ ½ tin cannellini beans
○ Handful of black olives
○ 1 red bell pepper
○ 1 tsp paprika
○ Orzo pasta (⅓ cup per guest)
○ 400g can chopped tomatoes
○ 1 lemon
1. Pick up 2 to 3 packs of Ready to Eat Salmon with Saucy Tomato and Chilli Chutney. Try not to eat it before your squad arrives – we feel your pain.
2. Chop your onions and garlic, and pop them in a medium-heat skillet, heating until golden.
3. Simply – whack it all in! Well, except the salmon and lemon. Season to taste, and leave covered on medium heat for 15 minutes.
4. Heat your orzo pasta in a separate pan – leaving it with a little bite.
5. Turn off the cooker, and go entertain your guests. When you’re all ready to eat, just heat up, pop the salmon and pasta in the stew pan and stir through.
6. Top with parsley, a squeeze of lemon and let your Christmas really begin!