I recently won a meal for two at Solms Delta Wine Estate’s restaurant, Fyndraai. As I don’t know when next I’ll be in Cape Town, I joked with the estate’s PR lady, Paula, that I’d have to cook something from the menu at home and have a ‘pretend’ visit to the restaurant.
Within a very short time, Paula sent me one of Chef Shaun Schoeman’s menu recipes. An absolute delight; it’s sure to be a regular in my household; my husband seldom waxes lyrical about my food, but this got a lot of praise and I was told I can ‘make it anytime’.
Fyndraai Fish parcel recipe serves 4 pax
1,2kg fresh line fish fillet (prefably kingklip) in 250gr portions, skinned and de-boned.
Large piece of heavy duty foil and grease-proof paper…NB…foil and paper should be large enough to cover (wrap) the fish
For the masala marinade
100g fresh ginger
2 teaspoons fish masala spice (powder) (I used paste)
2 teaspoons chilli powder (I used chopped fresh chilli)
10 large cloves garlic – chopped
1 large onion -chopped and braised in advance and chilled
150g chopped springonions
¾ cup olive oil blend
1 tin coconut milk
Mix all dried ingredients together in a bowl. Add olive oil blend and coconut milk and mix thoroughly. One can add a squeeze of lemon and zest for flavour.
Place this mixture in a bowl and add fish portions, making sure the fish is well coated in this masala mixture. This should be done 8 hours before cooking, to ensure proper marinating and to absorb flavours.
How to make the parcel
Cut 30cmx30cm squares of foil and grease proof paper (fish should be sufficient for five parcels)
Place a portion of the marinated fish, plus some of the marinade , onto the centre of the foil.
NB – shiny side up
Place buttered grease proof paper (buttered side facing down) onto the fish. Fold all four sides together with the paper, to form a parcel.
Place parcel in a hot pan for approx 30 seconds , finish in a pre-heated oven 160°C for about 6-8 minutes. Serve
Serving suggestions…can be served with rice and fruit chutney….and or baked potato. (My crowd had begged for fries.)