Asian Salmon Over Ribbon Courgettes – cooking away codependency

This is fast and fabulous and hits all the notes on the taste-o-meter!

  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove 
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

Whisk sauce ingredients together.

  • 2 salmon, skinless (6oz each)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Take salmon out of the fridge 20 minutes before cooking. Pat salmon  dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  2. Whisk together the Sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle oil in a non stick fry pan and heat over medium high heat. Place salmon in the pan, and cook the first side for 3 minutes. Turn, then cook the other side for 2 minutes.

  4. Pour Sauce over salmon. Cook for 1 minute or until it starts to thicken slightly. Check the side of the salmon to tell how cooked through the middle is.  If Sauce thickens too much before salmon is cooked, just add water 1 tbsp at a time.

  5. Set aside onto a plate.

    Courgettes – this is one of my favorite vegetables right now. Slicing into ribbons and cooking them this way makes them addictive.

    Using a vegetable peeler, shave the courgettes into long ribbons. I use both green and yellow courgettes. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil into a pan, heat and saute the ribbons for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper – minced garlic adds a kick.

    Pile onto a plate and top with salmon, drizzled with Sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions.



I was married to not one abuser, not two, but three. I fled from South Africa and from an extremely violent and traumatic marriage to a very well-known Johannesburg personality and resolved to learn a lesson and be more careful next time. In America I met a man who, on the surface, was everything that my second husband was not. Until I owned her own contribution to the dance of abuse I was destined to repeat the pattern. My story exists as proof of this. I am driven to help abused women as I know all too well what it feels like to be misunderstood and ashamed of my inability to let go of a relationship that was killing me. “It’s like wanting to hug a shark – why on earth would anyone do that?” I understand because I have been there, emerged damaged and broken from there and then – heaven forbid – went back! I know what it feels like to yearn for the love of a man who pulled out your hair, spat in your face and tried to choke you. I know what it feels like to tell people you are back there and watch their faces and see them thinking, “then you deserve what you get!” By telling my story, I hope to lift the veil of shame off abuse and encourage women to do the same. Un-silencing the voice is where true healing begins.

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