Quick quisine : cucumber salad and fast fish

When the weather is sweltering and humid and there is nothing better than staying in the water, you need light dishes that tempt those taste buds.

  • 150 g fish fillet per person
  • lemon juice
  • lemon pepper
  • aluminum foil
  • 1 – 2 cucumbers
  • 1 – 2 cups of sour cream
  • spring onions, chopped
  • chopped dill
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon juice to taste
  • a crusty baguette
  • sauce Remoulade

I go to my favorite French marketender at the Friday market and buy some fillet of plaice, about 150 g per person, wrap it in aluminum foil with a bit of sulphurized paper to keep it from sticking, sprinkle lemon juice and lemon pepper on top and shove the packets in the oven at 200° till done, about 14 min.

Meanwhile peel 1/3 cucumber per person and slice it thin into a large salad bowl. Wash the spring onions and the dill thoroughly and chop them into small bits, add to the bowl. Add in 1 – 2 cups of sour cream, a generous spoonful of salt and pepper and lemon to taste. Stir carefully until blended.

Serve the fish hot, if desired with Sauce Remoulade, the baguette and the salad. Let it melt on your tongue!

The Maldives

Originally we had intended to fly to another destination, but couldn’t find anything we liked, so we followed the advice of a colleague and decided to try the Maldives. We were in no way disappointed! We landed in Malé airport and a boat took us out to Coco, one of the 1200 atoll islands which form a large circle.

We especially love the climate, about 30°, mostly sunny, not so humid and moreover, no “climate change catastrophes” such as tsunamis or typhoons or earthquakes. The people in charge of Coco (my good friends) have transformed this island into a lush paradise of palm trees, flowers and walkways between the island villas and the boardwalks to the water villas, which are more costly, but worth their money.

Coco offers about 5 fantastic restaurants, cafeteria and à la carte, a beauty salon, a diving school, meet and greet evenings, a turtle research center, several shops, e-carts to get to the other end, a large pool. several beaches and many other things.

At the research center you can talk to the marine biologist about how turtles are often caught in fishing nets or plastic waste. They sell adorable stuffed turtles and the proceeds go towards the research. The corals are unfortunately also bleached in many spots since 2016, when the water temperatures rose worldwide. Yet they are altogether still in better shape than, for example, the Red Sea. Many are growing back, due in part to the efforts of the research center.

The snorkeling is wonderful in this clear green-blue water, there are masses of colorful fish, turtles, manrays, small sharks and corals of every hue. You can take boat trips, learn diving, arrange for a massage with aromatic oils, book a table and order fresh fish at one of the open air restaurants, watch the natives dance or just relax on a beach. Hopefully this atoll will now be flooded some day when water levels rise!