Salmon & Leek Quiche

This is another dish I made for my Apprentice viewing ‘party’. There’s a lot of great TV on at the moment and I’ve even got into The Masked Singer. I was absolutely shocked to discover that any of the guys from the band Westlife actually had any talent to the point where I thought they were actually Adam Lambert! Westlife were the scourge of my teenage years being at a girls school. I just used a food processor to do the pastry as I did the pastry on a lunch break and added the filling in later on.

Ingredients

  • 150g butter (block of butter – very cold)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 tbsp ice cold water
  • 2 fillets of salmon
  • 1 leek
  • 10g chives
  • 300g crème fraiche
  • seasoning

Method

1.) Make the pastry by chopping up the butter into small chunks.

2.) Add the butter to the food processor and then the flour. Blitz until breadcrumbs are formed.

3.) Separate the egg and tip in the egg yolk and the water.

4.) Blitz a little more until the pastry has become a ball in the food processor.

5.) Dust a surface with flour and a rolling pin.

6.) Roll out the pastry to about 0.7mm thickness. Roll the pastry up on the rolling pin and transfer over to a 25cm tart tin.

7.) Use a bit of the extra pastry that’s overhanging and roll into a ball. Push the pastry down into the tart tin so it fills all the corners. The pastry will shrink down when baked so this is important.

8.) Roll the rolling pin across the top to cut off the excess pastry.

9.) Cover in cling film and refrigerate.

10.) For the filling, wash and slice up the leeks and cook in a frying pan with a tablespoon of butter until completely soft.

11.) While this is cooking, dice the chives and add to a measuring jug. Pull the skin off the salmon and chop into chunks.

12.) Add the salmon to the pan with the leek and cook, turning around until all sides are pink.

13.) Turn off the heat and leave to cool to room temperature.

14.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

15.) Put some parchment paper over the quiche and weigh down with baking beads (you can use rice if you don’t do so much baking)

16.) Bake for 10 minutes then remove the parchment paper and baking beads and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 180 degrees C.

17.) In the measuring jug, add the crème fraiche, 4 of the eggs, separate the other two eggs and add the yolks to the measuring jug. Season and give it a good whisk.

18.) Spoon the salmon and leeks over the quiche base.

19.) Pour over the egg mix but not over the top of the pastry.

20.) Bake for about 30 minutes until the quiche is golden brown and set in the middle.

Spice roasted salmon and Cauliflower

I found this recipe on Cooking Light as I’ve been trying to cut some calories but I don’t like eating boring food. Using lightly smoked salmon fillets and giving it a spice rub really packs a punch and I have been thinking of using the salmon in some Indian sushi. I saw Indian sushi on Masterchef the other day and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since. I guess it’s not so dissimilar an idea to the vegan sashimi I had last night at The Allotment in Manchester which was absolutely delicious and way more convincing as a salmon substitute than the carrot sashimi I’ve tried before. I’ve already looked up a recipe for the watermelon sashimi so that will probably be appearing on the blog at some point. I probably should have bulked this recipe out a bit with some greens (or maybe some rice if you’re not on a diet like me). It’s hassle free, quick mid-week cooking that doesn’t result in too much washing up. This would work well with trout if your supermarket is better stocked than mine and it’s a more sustainable option.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 fillets of salmon (about 240g each)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 15g coriander leaves
  • 60g raisins
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • pinch allspice

Method

1.) Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C

2.) Line a baking tray with paper

3.) Add the olive oil, salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp cumin to a bowl.

4.) Chop up the cauliflower and add to the bowl and coat with the spices and oil.

5.) Spread the cauliflower out on the tray and bake for 20 minutes.

6.) In the meantime, chop up the coriander leaves, add them to the mixing bowl with the raisins and the juice of the lemon.

7.) In a small bowl, mix up the rest of the cumin, the allspice and the coriander powder. Rub the spice mix all over the salmon.

8.) After the 20 minutes, take the tray out of the oven, make space for the salmon fillets, turn down the oven to 200 degrees C and bake for a further 15 minutes.

9.) Put the cauliflower in the mixing bowl and coat with the lemon juice mixture.

10.) Serve the cauliflower with the salmon.

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.