Salmon Salad with Marie Rose

I came upon this recipe scanning through Jamie Oliver’s website – ‘Simple Roast Salmon’. The salad dressing is called ‘Marie Rose’ sauce and was created by a famous British chef – Fanny Craddock – back in the 60s. It’s nice to be posting this today as England won their first match in the Euros and I’m feeling patriotic. Back in the 70’s this Marie-Rose sauce was used a lot in ‘prawn cocktails’ and since then it’s come to be seen as a bit outdated. Apparently, however, coincidentally it’s made a bit of a comeback and my husband spotted it in an article on resurging food trends. This and fondue. Was fondue ever out? The usual way to make the sauce is with ketchup which feels a bit like cheating but it taste pretty good.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 4 tbsp low fat yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 lemons
  • tabasco sauce
  • 2 little gem lettuces
  • 2 handfuls watercress
  • 300g cooked prawns
  • pinch paprika

Method

1.) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C

2.) Line a baking tray, season the salmon and put the salmon on the tray and drizzle on some oil (skin on top if there is skin)

3.) Cook for about 10 minutes or as per instructions on packet

4.) Make the Marie Rose sauce. Zest a lemon and add to a bowl, squeeze in the juice then add the yoghurt, ketchup,. Season and add a dash of Tabasco

5.) Wash and chop the little gem lettuces and chop. Add to a mixing bowl. Wash the watercress and add to the bowl. Season, chop the other lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half into the bowl and a drizzle of oil and mix.

6,) Plate up the salad. Divide the prawns between the servings. Add the salmon on top.

7.) Drop over spoonfuls of the Marie-Rose sauce and sprinkle over a pinch of paprika.

Miso Mushroom porridge

I’m not sure if this counts as ‘brinner’ – ‘breakfast for dinner’, because of the porridge. Maybe so as I’d happily eat it for breakfast too. I did very much enjoy having soup and mackerel for breakfast in Japan and Vietnam. The recipe from Deliciously Ella – Quick and Easy instantly appealed to me. I’d had congee before – savoury porridge with rice, but never with oats and I did enjoy it. I like to think of it as a Japanese-British fusion as I don’t think oats exist in Japan.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 120g porridge oats
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tsp miso paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 punnet shitake mushrooms
  • 1 lemon
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 50ml milk
  • 1 avocado
  • 50g spinach
  • seasoning

Method

1.) Peel and dice the onion and garlic

2.) Heat some oil in a pan and add the onion and cook on a low heat for 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes until all is soft.

3.) Wash and roughly chop the mushrooms. In another pan, cook them in some oil until brown.

4.) When the mushroom is cooked, add 1 tsp of the miso, cut the lemon in half and squeeze in one half of the juice

5.) In a saucepan, add the oats, boil some water and measure out 100ml water and add in 50 ml milk. Add to the oats and cook on a low heat until desired porridge consistency is reached. You may want to add some more water.

6.) Peel and slice the avocado

7.) When close to done, add the spinach to the pan with the oats until wilted

8.) Squeeze in the juice of the other half of the lemon, add the rest of the miso paste, season and stir.

9.) Plate up the oats and top with the mushrooms and avocado.

Kedgeree

Kedgeree is a dish that I’ve seen a lot of on cooking programs and admired from afar but never made. It’s a dish that was adapted by the British from an Indian recipe back in the 1800s. It uses a delicious combination of smoked fish and curry powder cooked like a risotto. Sometimes you’ll see this as a breakfast option in English hotels, smoked kippers are a traditional English breakfast so I guess it stems from that. I made this as a weeknight dinner so I just used some leftover frozen fish mix that I had in the freezer but you can be as frugal (or not) as you like. I used the recipe in ‘Gordan Ramsey’s Ultimate Cookery Course’. If you haven’t already seen it, I really recommend the tv show Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip to learn a bit about the food in other countries and also have a good laugh.

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

  • 2 bay leaves ( I can never find fresh ones so I just used the dried kind and remove them at the end)
  • 700g smoked haddock (or a mixture of whatever kind of fish you like)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 170g basmati rice
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 100g plain yoghurt
  • coriander leaves as a garnish
  • 4 eggs

Method

  1. ) Heat 750ml water into a deep pan with the bay leaves until simmering. Add the fish and cook for 5 minutes until flaky. Depending on what fish you use, you may need to adjust your cooking times. Set aside the fish and pour the cooking liquid into a measuring jug.
  2. ) Peel and chop up finely the onion.
  3. ) Heat up the ghee in a frying pan, peel and chop the onion, add to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. ) Peel and grate the ginger and garlic. Chop up the two tomatoes.
  5. ) Add the ginger, tomatoes and garlic to the pan with the mustard seeds and curry powder and cook for another couple of minutes until the onion is soft.
  6. ) Weigh out the rice and add it to the pan, stir around the pan for a minute then add a couple of ladles of the cooking liquid.
  7. ) While this is cooking, juice the lemons and add to the measuring jug.
  8. ) Keep on adding ladles of the liquid and simmering until they evaporate until the rice is soft.
  9. ) In the meantime, boil the eggs in some water in the deep pan for about 6.5 minutes, chop up the coriander leaves, measure out the yoghurt and slice up the egg.
  10. ) When the rice has absorbed all of the cooking liquid, flake in the fish, season and stir through the yoghurt. Serve and garnish with the coriander and the eggs.

Florentina Traybake

This is a delicious traybake, long in the oven but easy to prepare. Ideal for a lazy Sunday where you have the time but not the will to do much. The veggies are mixed with a mustardy dressing and roasted, in the last couple of minutes, the eggs are cracked in to have a lovely runny yolk. In Jamie’s ‘Veg’ there is no accompaniment to this and I had it on it’s own also but I did think it would be a great side to some fish or a vegetarian alternative.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 celeriac
  • 2 onions
  • 500g potatoes (Jamie recommends Maris Piper)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 bunch fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 large eggs

Method

1.) Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C

2.) Peel the celeriac, potatoes, onions and carrots

3.) Slice the celeriac and potatoes finely. Chop the carrots into batons and the onions into slices.

4.) Chop the chives finely

5.) In a large mixing bowl, add the vegetables, the mustard, the chives the oil and some seasoning.

6.) Get right in with your hands to get all the dressing in

7.) Pour the veg into a roasting tin and cover with some tin foil

8.) Roast for 1 hour, take off the foil and roast for a further 10 minutes

9.) Make four dents in the layer of vegetables and in each crack in an egg

10.) Put back in the oven for a final 3 minutes until the eggs are poached and serve.

Broccoli and blue cheese soup

Being on holiday this week, I bought tickets for a National Trust site, Lyme Park – the stately home used as Pemberley in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (the BBC one, not the rubbish film with Keira Knightley). However, being in England, shortly after we arrived it started to hail and it was too cold to stay more than an hour despite it being April and I didn’t even manage to stay long enough to find the Mr Darcy statue in the lake. When I got home, I just wanted to warm up with this winter soup that I adapted almost to non-recognition from ‘Jamie’s Great Britain’. This recipe works best with the strongest blue cheese you can get i.e. the British Stilton.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4 small heads of broccoli
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion
  • small bunch of thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • seasoning
  • 1.5 litres flavour chicken stock (or vegetable)
  • 100g Stilton cheese

Method

1.) Chop up the stalks of the broccoli into pieces and heat the oil in a large pan/crockpot

2.) Add the stalks on a low heat and peel and chop up the onion

3.) Add the onion to the pan with 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

4.) Strip the rosemary leaves from the sprigs and finely chop. Strip the thyme leaves and chuck all the herbs into the pan

5.) Add 200ml water to the pan and put on the lid. Cook on a low heat for 40 minutes

6.) When the 40 minutes is nearly up, make up the stock and chop up the florets of the broccoli

7.) Add both to the pan and put the lid back on, cook for another 15 minutes

8.) When done, take off the heat and blitz with an immersion blender until smooth.

9.) Add the cheese and stir until melted, season and serve.

cheese and Chive flapjacks

If I remember correctly, in the US, if you spoke about flapjacks you’d be referring to pancakes. In the UK, however, you’d generally be referring to golden syrup (light amber coloured molasses), mixed with oats and butter and baked. It’s a very well-loved treat here so I was going a bit left field with this savoury version which I found on the BBC good food website but it was a revelation. Unfortunately, as I discovered it only keeps for a couple of days so it’s best making to share.

Serves 16

Ingredients

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 250g porridge oats
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10g chives
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp golden linseeds

Method

1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (180 degrees C fan oven)

2.) Peel and grate the carrots

3.) Melt the butter in a large pan then add the oats, chia seeds and carrots

3.) Grate the cheese

4.) Chop the chives finely

5.) Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl

6.) Add the oat mixture, the cheese, chives and the seeds to the bowl and give it a stir

7.) Spray a 20 x 20cm baking tin with oil and tip in the oats

8.) Spread out the mixture and press down so it covers the tin evenly

9.) Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until golden

10.) Leave to cool and cut into slices to serve.