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Citrus-spiked sea bass

2-3 large oranges

Zest 1 lemon (use juice)

1tbsp olive oil

4 300g whole small sea bass, scaled, gutted and slashed a few times down each side

 

For the salad

2 oranges, segmented

Juice 1 lemon

4tbsp olive oil

2 bags watercress

Handful small capers

Handful pitted green olives, chopped

 

Method

  1. Finely grate the zest of 1 of the oranges and add to the lemon zest. Mix with the olive oil, then drizzle over the fish and season. Cut the rest of the oranges into slices about 5mm thick. When the coals are ashen, arrange the orange slices over the barbecue in groups the length of each fish. Char the orange slices on 1 side, then flip them over and lay the fish on top of them – this stops the fish sticking. Barbecue the fish for 5-8 mins on each side (turning them carefully), or until the flesh flakes away easily when prodded.
  2. While the fish is barbecuing (or beforehand), make the salad. Put the orange segments in a large bowl with the squeezed juice from the rest of the oranges and the lemon juice. Season and stir in the olive oil. When the fish is cooked, toss the watercress in the orange dressing with the capers and olives. Serve the fish with the salad.

Smokey mushroom burgers, roasted garlic mayo

4 large flat mushrooms

1tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying

2 roasted red peppers (jar), finely chopped

Half pack thyme, leaves chopped

50g fresh breadcrumb

1tbsp sundried tomato paste

2tsp smoked paprika

3 red onions, thinly sliced

1 tbsp golden caster sugar

1 tbsp sherry vinegar

For the mayo

3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

50g good-quality mayonnaise

 

  1. Heat up the barbecue. To make the garlic mayo, wrap the garlic cloves in a foil parcel, position on a hot spot of the barbecue and cook for 20 mins until really soft. Alternatively, bake in a hot oven for 20-30 mins. Leave to cool, then squeeze the cloves out of their skins and mash with a fork. Mix the garlic purée with the mayonnaise, then chill until ready to serve.
  2. Remove the stalks from the middle of the mushrooms and finely chop them. Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan (on the barbecue or hob), add the stalks and fry for a few mins until golden and soft. Add the peppers, thyme, breadcrumbs, tomato paste, paprika and some seasoning. Cook for 5 mins more, then set aside to cool a little. Rub the mushroom caps with a little oil, season, then top each one with 1⁄4 of the mixture. Can be chilled for up to 1 day.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in another frying pan (on the barbecue or hob), and add the onions. Cook for 15 mins until soft and golden, then add the sugar, vinegar and some seasoning. Cook for 5 mins more until caramelised and sticky. Can be chilled for up to 2 days.
  4. Put the mushrooms on the barbecue (stuffed side up), close the lid or cover with foil, and cook for 20 mins until soft and cooked through. Be sure to keep an eye on the heat and move to the upper shelf if the bottoms of the mushrooms start to burn. Split the rolls and heat these on the barbecue, too. Spread each roll with some garlic mayo, top with salad leaves, a filled mushroom, some sticky onions and a grating of cheese.

 

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