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Olia says, "I love homemade Georgian nut pastes, usually made with hazelnuts or walnuts; they add substance and flavour to simple vegetable and meat dishes. Squash and carrot work so well with almond served with fish and mouth-puckering lemony radishes."


  • mild olive oil
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and grated
  • 5 cloves garlic, lightly squashed
  • 400g butternut squash, seeded and chopped into 1.5cm cubes
  • 100g blanched almonds, toasted
  • 750g hake, cut into 4 fillets
  • a handful flaked almonds, toasted


  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 75g radishes, sliced


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a baking tray with foil and brush with olive oil. Spread the grated carrot in an even layer, scatter over the garlic, and season. Put the squash on top and drizzle with oil, season again and roast for 30-40 minutes until soft and slightly caramelised. Leave to cool slightly, but keep the oven on.

  • STEP 2

    Blitz the almonds to a powder using a spice grinder. Squeeze the garlic out of its skin and put into a food processor along with the ground almonds, squash and carrot. Blitz into a fine purée, adding a splash of water if you need to, and season.

  • STEP 3

    To make the radish pickle, dissolve the honey and a pinch of salt in the lemon juice and taste. You want a balance of sweet, sour and salty. Stir through the radishes.

  • STEP 4

    Heat 2 tbsp oil in an ovenproof frying pan. Season the hake skin with sea salt and pop it down into the oil. After 5 seconds shake the pan so the skin doesn’t stick. Cook for 5 minutes and put in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the flesh separates easily.

  • STEP 5

    Put a spoon of purée onto 4 plates, then the fish on top, skin-side up. Spoon the radishes and the dressing all around. Scatter with flaked almonds to serve.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards

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