Fish Wrapped in Vine Leaves
Step 1: Blanch leeks for 2 minutes and allow them to cool. Take off the outside leaves and cut the leeks in half lengthways. Remove pulp from Preserved Lemon, rinse and chop.
Step 2: Put all ingredients into the mortar, add a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and grind to a paste, adding more oil to paste if necessary.
Step 3: Line up four pairs of large fresh vine leaves that were blanched in boiling water for a minute (you can use preserved vine leaves if really well rinsed) and spread with even amounts of paste.
Step 4: Wrap fish in vine leaves, tie across the middle with the leeks, drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Step 5: On a barbecue or a grill plate, seal both sides and cook, turning each side again for around 15 minutes in total until the fish is cooked at its thickest part. Allow to rest for 5 minutes and serve on a bed of wild dill with lemon wedges.
Step 6: An alternative is to preheat the oven to 230C. Brush a large baking dish with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Bake the fish on a bed of the wild fennel.
Step 7: Bake for 10 minutes on one side, turn over for another 5 minutes, allow to rest, and sprinkle with some sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Maggie's Tip: I found with the kettle BBQ slow cooking was a much more gentle way of cooking this recipe. Cooking time will vary enormously between a gas BBQ and a kettle BBQ.
400g 2 leeks for tying vine leaves on the fish
140g 1 lemon
4 handfuls wild fennel for presentation
To taste salt flakes
1.6kg 4 tommy ruff gutted and scaled
8-12 grape vine leaf