Saturday night, SALMON & chinese NOoDles delight… *THE GIRL(S) DONE GOOD*

7 Apr

ImageEver feel like you want a yummy dinner, wine and a night in with the girls?

I did this weekend. I couldn’t face donning my make-up, faffing with my hair curlers and tottering around in my heels…  So, we decided to stay in and invite a couple of friends over for dinner.

We started by hitting the recipe books, to create our masterpiece and came up with our own little salmon and noodle recipes ready for dinner… it was absolutely delicious and our experimenting paid off!

Here is what we did and how we kept the costs down.  The best Saturday night in I’ve had for a long time.  THANKS LADIES!


COOKING TIME: 12 minutes

MAKES: 4 portions

COST:  £1.17 per portion (maybe add another 30p per portion for all the other store cupboard ingredients.  This doesn’t include wine… but you can choose that based on your level of spare cash!)


For the salmon marinade…

  • 4 salmon fillets (£6.67 – in a 3 for £10 offer)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp soya sauce
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chinese 5 spice

For the noodles…

  • 300g brown rice vermicelli noodles (£1.50)
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp chinese 5 spice

Serve with…

  • 1/2 bag spinach (50p)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp pomegrate (75p)
  • 1 lemon (30p)

… and wine…

We served this with a cheeky bottle of ‘Gavi di Gavi’ which is my absolutely favourite white wine and it went beautifully with our Salmon and Noodle creation… I can verify this as it slipped down nicely!  I am not a wine buff (not at all), but I know a little about wine, having worked in a fab wine bar in London and Gavi di Gavi is a beautifully crisp Italian wine.  I like it because its delicate, lemon flavour is extremely fresh and refreshing – I think this is why it complimented our dinner so well as we had hints of lemon and pomegranate (fruity notes).  Just delicious!


First my housemate Leanne marinaded the salmon in the olive oil, soya sauce, honey and spices and popped this in the fridge for an hour.  Then she wrapped the salmon fillets in a tin foil parcels (2 fillets per parcel) and baked them in the oven for 12 minutes.

Whilst the salmon cooked I prepared the brown rice noodles (I used brown rice noodles to add a little extra fibre and goodness to the dish – I did share this little fact with my dinner guests in typical ‘Gemma’ style).  I soaked the noodles in a large bowl of boiling water for 10 minutes.  Whilst these soaked, I heated the sesame oil, honey, soya sauce and spices in a small pan.  Then I drained the now cooked/soaked noodles and tossed them in the pan with the seasoning.  Once they were coated and re-heated through I served the noodles.

Meanwhile Leanne wilted the spinach leaves.  She rinsed them first, then poured boiling water over them, whilst they sat in a colander.  These were then placed in a large pan whilst 1/2 a lemon was squeezed onto them and 1 tsp of nutmeg sprinkled on top.  Leanne gently stired these together and heated them just slightly.  These were then served onto the plate, the tbsp of pomegrate seeds was sprinked on the top and then the now cooked Salmon was carefully sat on top of the spinach and pomegranate.

The whole meal was served with a small wedge of lemon and a glass of our delicious Gavi di Gavi.

salmon 3

This is our finished result… presentation is everything! How to impress your dinner guests by Gemma & Leanne…

So, next week when you don’t fancy going out, don’t.  Stay in, download my recipe and get creative.  You could even add some herbs/spices of your own or maybe use lime instead of lemon and see what happens.  ENJOY!


2 Responses to “Saturday night, SALMON & chinese NOoDles delight… *THE GIRL(S) DONE GOOD*”

  1. sylviadewy April 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    This Looks awesome. Keep it up! 🙂

  2. Guusje April 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    This sounds amazing! Will definitely test your recipe out. Thanks, Guusje from

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