Summer Salmon Salad

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A Fabulous Melange of Green leaves, Salmon and Giant Cous Cous!

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Simplicity itself! Arrange salad leaves of your choosing on a large platter. Pan fry 100 gm of giant cous cous in a little olive oil for about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Then add 200 ml of cold water. Add  pinch of cumin seeds and a pinch of smoked paprika and simmer for about 20 minutes stirring often. You may need to top up the water a little if it starts to dry out. Once it is ready leave to one side to cool then spread over your salad leaves. Add a couple of hot smoked salmon fillets broken up. Then add a few dashes of balsamic vinegar and mix gently.

You could always use lentils if you cannot get hold of any giant cous cous.

A great summer light lunch!

 

 

Salmon and Asparagus Kedgeree

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Spring meets India meets salmon…..meets my needs!

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A fab way to eat hot smoked salmon and asparagus with a cheeky hint of lime!

INGREDIENTS

Fine for 4 – or a good supper for 2 with a little for the next day!

  • 300g basmati rice
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp hot curry paste or curry powder will do (Madras)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 225g hot smoked salmon, cut into chunks or flaked
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 8 asparagus spears chopped in to 2 inch pieces – blanched in hot water for 5 minutes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp each chopped fresh coriander and flatleaf parsley

METHOD

  • Pop the rice into a large heavy-based saucepan, pour over 700ml pints water and sprinkle in a good shake of salt. Cover and bring to the boil, then remove the lid and allow all the water to be absorbed – this should take about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover again and allow to steam dry.
  • Melt half the butter with the oil in a large frying pan. Stir in the curry paste or powder and cook until you start to smell the wonderful aromas.
  • Now add the onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown
  • Once the rice is cooked add the curry and onion mixture  and quickly stir to make sure all the buttery juices are absorbed and the rice is heated through. Now mix in the salmon, eggs, asparagus and lime juice.
  • Stir gently, add the herbs along with cubes of the remaining butter and serve in warm bowls.

A truly tasty and satisfying dish for a Spring weekend.

 

Fresh Salmon and Red Onion Frittata

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FRITTATA DI SALMONE E CIPOLLE ROSSE

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Some say frittata some say tortilla! Well, the Italians and Spanish at least! This is my version of a recipe gleaned form the work of Gino D’campo. He uses cod and chives – but I reckon this one with salmon and basil is better! I love making these – not much work for lots of reward flavour wise and it looks so fab on the plate!

You can get at least 6 good portions out of this – or more if you want to serve it as a tapas cut into squares.

INGREDIENTS

300 gm of fresh salmon fillet skin removed

8 eggs – good ones!

Small bunch of basil leaves torn

Salt and black pepper

100 ml olive oil

1 large red onion peeled and thinly sliced

700 gm potatoes peeled and cut into 2 cm chunks

METHOD

Place the salmon in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Put to one side for a minute to cool, then strain and put salmon on a plate whilst you get everything else sorted.

Beat the eggs in a bowl – do not use cheap eggs – for what it is worth I used chestnut marines – anyway, the flavour of this dish is so much better with good organic ones. Add the basil and season. Stir.

Pour the oil into a non stick frying pan and pop onto a medium heat. Fry the onion for 4 minutes until softened, sit now and then with a wooden spoon. Add the potatoes, season with a little salt and a bit more black pepper. Continue to cook for 15 minutes more. Potatoes should be tender – might take up to 20 minutes. Flake the salmon and add to the pan and stir everything together. Now add the eggs and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes.

Preheat the grill. After the 15 minutes is up, pop the frying pan under the hot grill for about 3 to 4 minutes to allow the frittata to set  – the top should have turned a light brown colour.

Transfer to a wam plate and slice and serve. Crusty bread goes down well with this. I served a dish of melanzane parmigiana too. Good buddies!

A fabulous, light supper dish. Tasty and satisfying. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prawn, Asparagus and Hot Smoked Salmon Risotto

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POSSIBLY THE BEST RISOTTO I HAVE TASTED IN MANY A YEAR…

This was a treat to make and the result was simply stunning. My son reckons he will never eat any other risotto now and my daughter wants this dish as a regular on the menu roster. It went down well!

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For 4

50g butter
1 white onion finely chopped
500gm risotto rice
125ml white wine
1 1/2 litre hot vegetable stock 
 240g cooked prawns  
150g hot-smoked salmon fillets
100g fresh asparagus tips, blanched briefly in boiling water
Freshly ground black pepper

Lemon wedges to serve

Method

Melt the butter in a thick-based pan and gently cook the onion without colour until it is soft.
Add the rice and stir to coat all the grains in the butter.
Add the wine and cook gently stirring until it is absorbed. This takes about 5 minutes roughly.
Gradually add the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring until each addition is absorbed. Keep stirring until the rice is tender. This process will take about half an hour, so put some good music on – maybe some Chet Baker – and get into a comfortable standing or seated position near the cooker!

Flake the salmon and gently fold into the risotto with the prawns and asparagus – this will be right near the end when the rice still has a little bite to it.
Add a grind or two of black pepper. No need for salt – the stock and salmon provide that to this dish,

Stir gently to heat through. Serve with lemon wedges.

Of all the dishes I have put on here in the last two years this is certainly one of my real favourites.

Please, please give it a go!

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Simple Flavour-filled Fish Pie

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Another winter warmer of a dish and one that will leave all the family asking for more – so maybe make two!

This is easy and so good in every way – my two teenage children are not huge fish eaters but they wolfed every morsel of this.

It is based on a Jamie Oliver recipe but I have tinkered with it to suit my store cupboard and taste!

And you can play about with it further if so desired – for example, if you are keen to miss out carbs – replace the potatoes with cooked, mashed celeriac – or butternut squash or sweet potatoes- or a mix of both – or a mix of swede and carrot boiled and mashed – with a little butter or cream if you fancy. You get the idea!

You can use any fish you want really and make it as luxurious or simple as you feel so inclined! I love this combo of smoked haddock,, salmon and prawns – but unsmoked haddock would be fine, or cod, or whiting or coley or etc etc etc!!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 shallots peeled and finely chopped

6 baby plum tomatoes sliced

2 cloves of garlic

1 kg potatoes peeled and quartered

150 g good-quality Cheddar cheese

1 lemon

Tsp of dried chili flakes

Small handful of rocket (rugola)chopped

300 g salmon fillets skin off

300 g smoked haddock fillets skin off

125 g raw peeled prawns

Olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

50 gm of butter

100 ml single cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 190°C and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes and cook until soft (you can stick your knife into them to check. About 12 minutes or so.

Add 25 gm of butter to a hot frying pan and gently fry the shallots and garlic until soft, then add the sliced tomatoes for a further minute. Remove from the heat.

Get a deep baking tray or earthenware dish and stand a box grater in it. Grate 100 gm of the Cheddar cheese on the coarse side of the grater. Use the fine side of the grater to grate the zest from the lemon. Now add the onion mixture and the rocket to the dish.

Cut the salmon and smoked haddock into bite-size chunks and add to the tray with the prawns. Squeeze over the juice from the zested lemon, drizzle with olive oil and add a good pinch of salt and pepper plus the dried chili flakes. Mix everything together well but gently!

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Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them in a colander and return them to the pan. Add the cream and a good grind of sea salt and black pepper and mash until nice and smooth. I love mashing!

Next spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top of the fish mixture. Grate over the remaining cheese and add the remaining butter in small blobs around the surface.

Place in the preheated oven for around 30 to 40 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and golden on top.

I served it with a green salad. Tis all you need! 

Sumptious Salmon Supper with a kick…

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Teriyaki Salmon on a bed of Spicy Rice

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This is a simple and phenomenally tasty supper dish, perfect for an autumnal Friday. Healthy and filling too. For each person, pop a decent salmon fillet, skinned, into an oven dish and drizzle over a good teriyaki sauce. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 160c for a fan oven, 180c if not.

Cook your rice – I use basmati cooked in a ceramic rice cooker. In a frying pan tip two or three tablespoons of olive oil –  heat –  then add two finely chopped and deseeded long red peppers, one finely chopped red chilli, and two chopped cloves of garlic. Fry for around ten minutes on a medium heat, then add 100 gm of finely chopped fresh spinach. Cook for a further 5 minutes.

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Pour the drained cooked rice into a bowl and gently stir through the pepper and spinach mix. Share the rice between plates and add a fillet of the salmon. Drizzle with some of the teriyaki sauce and serve.

This is such a marvellous match of flavours. It just works so well.

Salmon and September on a plate!

Salmon & Cod Fishcakes on a Salsa bed

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Salmon & Cod Fishcakes on a Salsa bed

This was last Friday night’s supper – apologies for the delay! I got this idea from a Jamie Oliver recipe some time ago and it is one of my favourite fish cake recipes – perfect for fiddling with – you can experiment with a mixture of all sorts of fish from River Cobbler to tuna to haddock to mackerel.
I went with simply salmon and cod.

The salsa gives the whole thing zing and the fish cakes are a real mouthful of pescatorian delight!

For the cakes:
300 grams of salmon fillets
300 grams of cod
2 chunks of crusty bread
1 lemon
Flat leaf parsley – good handful
1 garlic clove
Olive oil

For the salsa

1 green chill & 1 red chilli, deseeded
4 trimmed spring onions
6 good tomatoes – I used tomkins – wonderful flavour
Red wine vinegar
1/2 a cucumber
1 yellow pepper and 1 red pepper
2 limes
Bunch of basil

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Pop the bread in your food mixer and fizz it round tip it’s fine crumbs. Put a sheet of tin foil on a plate. Spread the breadcrumbs on top. Add all the fish to the food mixer, plus the zest of your lemon and the parsley leaves. Add a good grind of sea salt and black pepper. Pulse it until it is coarsely mixed. Scoop the fish mixture into a bowl and add 2 tbsps of the bread crumbs then – this is the good bit – mix it all together with your hands and then divide into 4 equal portions. Form each of these into a ball in your hand and then pat into a cake shape. Place each one on top of the breadcrumbs on the tin foil covered plate. Then sprinkle the surrounding crumbs onto the top of the cakes – I then gently flipped each over to ensure a good coating.

Put a good drizzle of oil into a frying plan and heat- bash the garlic clove with your hand or a spoon or anything hard nearby! Pop into the frying pan – once it starts to sizzle – gently add the fish cakes. Cook on a medium heat for 7 minutes each side. Now make your salsa – or you could make it ahead of time if you wish!

In the food mixer bowl – clean it first if you’ve just made the fish cakes. Obviously! Add the chillies and the spring onions with the whole tomatoes, and a little salt and pepper. Add a glug of red wine vinegar and pulse until finely blended together. Check for seasoning, then pour into a low mixing bowl – add the halved cucumber, chopped into small pieces, the peppers, deseeded and chopped as small as you can and mix it all together. It should be looking very colourful indeed! A veritable rainbow of flavours! Finally, add the juice of the 2 limes and several torn basil leaves. Mix for the gentle final time.

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Serve a pleasant peak of salsa on each plate and top with a nicely browned fish cake.

I served it with lemon new potatoes and an avocado salad, but to be quite honest, it would have been fine with just the salad as the fish cakes were wonderfully filling.

Depends how hungry everyone is!

Pan Fried Salmon Steaks with lime and coriander mayo

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Pan Fried Salmon Steaks with lime and coriander mayo

Last night’s supper was easy and phenomenally tasty. Salmon, lime and coriander were made for each other. My photo does not do it justice and the plate I was going to use had been whisked away before I could snap it – so this one had to do!

I seasoned the salmon steaks with salt and pepper, heated 2 tbsps of olive oil and 15 gms of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. I cooked them on the skin side for 5/6 minutes and 4 then on the flesh side. You could use skinned salmon steaks – in which case just do 4 minutes per side.

For the sauce mix 110 gm mayo with a small handful of chopped coriander, the zest of a lime and juice of half a lime. Mix well.

I served it simply with steamed broccoli spears and pearl maris piper potatoes in butter.

The flavours zinged off the plate!

Salmonchanted Sunday…!

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Salmonchanted Sunday...!

I think I may have used that gag before but hey…I’m only human. This is nothing special as such – in so far as it is ridiculously easy to compile but, my wordy word, it is stomach-fillingly marvellous and toothsome in the extreme. I was cognisant of the fact that we had not consumed much fish of late, so, today was the day to put that right in a very easy way. I already have two ham hocks simmering away for tonight’s supper – more of which later – I can smell them from where I sit in front of my log burner and goodness me do they smell fabulous. Anyway, back to lunch, I chopped up 4 freshly cooked and cooled beetroot and added two or three splashes of a French shop bought vinaigrette as I was desperate to eat! The French ones are always so much better than anything one can buy here. (I love making my own but I was on a mission to eat asap)

In a dish I broke up three hot smoked fillets of salmon and added my own mesclun – mizuna, rocket (arugula), endive. Then a swirl of lemon balsamic creme to round off. A poppy seed baguette from our bakers and a few baby plum toms and hey billy whizz…lunch!

Food need not be complicated or expensive – just good quality ingredients and an eye to keep it simple.

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Simple Salmon says…eat this….!

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Simple Salmon says...eat this....!

Ok…a few quick fire posts…last night we had 4 gorgeous salmon fillets to deal with and my kids wanted pasta – so I did a version similar to another earlier dish on this blog but with a few differences. Firstly, it was fresh salmon which I wrapped in foil with a little unsalted butter and baked for 20 minutes at 160c. I then skinned it and flaked it. In a frying pan I popped a carton of crème fraîche and 50 gm of unsalted butter and stirred over a low heat until it melded together. I then added a teansy weansy dash of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper and about a teaspoon or so of dried tarragon-fresh would have been better but forgot! I then added the flaked salmon and stirred it gently once more.

I left this to one side whilst the pasta cooked al dente, drained it and tipped the creamy unctuous salmon mix in and allowed it all to get very friendly.

Variations – well, you could first pan fry a small onion finely chopped until soft, then add a glass of dry white wine and let it bubble together, then add the crème fraîche or single cream if you prefer – no need for butter in this case. You could also add a cup of peeled prawns as well as the salmon. You could also plump for dill instead of tarragon.

Choices, choices!