FESTIVE SIMPLICITY COURTESY OF FINDUS Monday 22 October 2007 PDF Print Christmas is supposed to be a time of rejoicing but for so many of us it becomes a busy time trying to cope with cooking for too many people. So why not let Findus take some of the strain this Christmas with some great freezer standbys that can be cooked from frozen? Party Perfection With all the entertaining that’s expected of us all there’s nothing wrong in employing a few little cheats – which is where the Findus Novelli range comes in extremely handy. To help you relax at your own dinner party why not wow your guests with one of these amazing fish dishes, the recipes for which have been personally devised by Jean Christophe Novelli himself? You can choose from two truly delicious fish dishes Haddock Mornay - on a bed of spinach topped with a rich cheese mornay sauce or Prime Cod Fillet Tower – with layers of spinach, tomato sauce and Emmental cheese, on a bed of creamy mashed potato. These easy-to-heat meal solutions not only offer your guests a break from all the traditional Christmas food on offer in December but also allow you to personalise the dish with the addition of oven roasted vegetables as appropriate or perhaps even a crisp dressed salad – and no one has to know it’s not all your own work! And why not round off the meal with one of the indulgent dessert options – like the Apple & Raisin Crêpe Crumble with white chocolate brandy sauce & toasted oats or the White & Dark Crêpe Chocolat, just warm and flambé these delicious desserts at the table with some ready-warmed brandy and you’re guests will be none the wiser. Ethical Eats And if you’re interested in further fishy options over the festive period, or to kick start your new healthy eating regime in January, look no further than Findus Frozen Farmed Cod from Norway. These prime Cod fillets are available in Sainsbury's frozen food aisles and they provide both ethically and environmentally-concerned consumers with their favourite fish once more. They also offer a great, and simple, meal solution pulled straight from the freezer. (See below for recipe ideas or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bespoke recipes for your publication). Take It Easy with Novelli When everyone’s gone home and you want something to eat don’t bother with dry turkey and a cold sausage – treat yourself to one the Findus Novelli meal solutions straight from the freezer with no fuss involved. You could choose from a wide range of dishes such as the comforting Lasagne Novelli or Lemon & Honey Roast Chicken with creamy spring onion mashed potato - just accompany with steamed green veg and you have the perfect antidote to a hectic schedule. Recipe Ideas for Findus Farmed Cod Shanghai Fish Soup Serves: 6 Preparation Time: Cooking time: Ingredients: 4 Dry shiitake mushrooms 400gm Findus Frozen Farmed Cod 50gm Sesame oil 5gm Julienned peeled fresh ginger 1 litre Chicken Stock 200gm Firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2, inch cubes 50gm Soy sauce 25gm Dry sherry 25gm Sugar 1 large Spring Onion, diagonally cut into 1 inch pieces 50gm Sunflower oil Method: • Soak mushrooms in warm water until caps are tender, 15 to 30 minutes. • Drain and squeeze gently to remove some of the water. Cut off and discard stems; thinly slice caps. Set aside. • De-frost fish. Rinse fish and pat dry. Cut fillets into 1-by 1 1/2 inch pieces; set aside. • Place a wok over high heat. When hot, add sunflower oil to coat cooking surface. Add ginger and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, fish and stir until fish turns opaque on outside, about 1 minute. • Stir in stock, tofu, soy sauce, sherry and sugar; bring soup to a boil, stirring occasionally. • Pour into a tureen and sprinkle with green onions and sesame oil. Chef ‘s Cooking Tip: Add sliced hot red chilli at the last minute for that extra kick Chef’s Serving Suggestion: Serve with Gyoza dumplings to dip on the side, with Hoisin dipping sauce Simple & Quick Spanish Fish Soup Serves: 6 Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 15minutes Ingredients: Soup 450gm Findus Frozen Farmed Cod 1.5litre Water 100gm Prosciutto or Serrano ham 2 Garlic cloves, chopped 6 Whole peppercorns, crushed 2 Sprigs fresh parsley Sofrito Topping 35gm Olive oil 1 small Onion 1 medium Tomato, halved, finely sliced into strips pinch Salt pinch Pepper 1 Bay leaf Squeeze Fresh lemon juice 2 medium Egg yolks pinch Crumbled saffron Method • De-frost fish. Cut fish into bite-sized pieces; place in large saucepan. Add all remaining soup ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. • Meanwhile, prepare sofrito. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion, tomato, bay leaf and season to taste; cook until softened, stirring frequently. • Add sofrito to soup. Just before serving, stir in lemon juice, egg yolks and saffron; cook and stir over medium heat until broth is thickened slightly. Chef ‘s Cooking Tip: Add a spoonful of flambéed Brandy to soup at the last minute for extra richness Chef’s Serving Suggestion Serve with lightly grilled bread topped with Requeson cheese For further Findus Novelli inspired ideas, please visit our website at www.findusnovelli.co.uk …………………………….Freshness in your freezer This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Rose Reid Media in the following categories: Men's Interest, Entertainment & Arts, Health, Leisure & Hobbies, Home & Garden, Women's Interest & Beauty, Environment & Nature, Food & Drink, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.