A hint of spice

The aromatic flavours and rich texture of Viognier make it the perfect varietal to pair with spicy oriental food, and Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier is one of my favourites. Priced at just £6.98 in Asda, it is also excellent value and a real crowd-pleaser!

Full-bodied with notes of apricot and ripe lemon, this white wine is lively, well-balanced and perfectly compliments intense flavours in food. Enjoy it alongside this Chinese salmon recipe with a light vegetable stir fry.

Chinese salmon parcels

Ingredients – serves 4
1tsp five spice paste
1 small hot red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1tbsp cooking wine
Juice of 1 lemon
Small bunch fresh mint, chopped
2 stalks lemongrass, finely sliced
2cm root ginger, grated
1tbsp honey
4 salmon fillets

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190°c (170°c for a fan oven)
2. In a large bowl, mix the five spice paste, chilli, cooking wine, lemon juice, mint, lemongrass, ginger, and honey
3. Add the salmon fillets, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinate for 20 minutes
4. Wrap each salmon fillet loosely in foil with some of the marinade
5. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until the flesh is flaky and opaque
6. Serve with stir fried vegetables and a splash of soy sauce

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