Category Seafood & fish

1-minute smoked mackerel pâté!

This is an incredibly quick but insanely good smoked mackerel pâté, and one I have been making for many many years. It helps to buy the smoked mackerel already boned, but you literally just mix it all together to give the most delicious pâté. The pâté is delightfully coarse, unashamedly rustic, but for a fish pâté […]

Spiced prawn and crab spring rolls

This is my version of spring rolls, using some left-over filo pastry I had made for another bake and ingredients that I adore to eat. The rolls are very easy to make and a large batch can be made up and frozen until you want to cook them. The filling carries a hefty wallop of […]

Hot-smoked salmon & horseradish tart (low-fat)

This is a very simple, low-fat tart using hot-smoked salmon: one of my favourite ways of eating salmon! With its rich, deep, smoky flavour a little goes a long way: about 200g of the salmon will make this tart, with generous chunks of salmon in each bite. Very little is needed in the filling with […]

Warm crab choux bites

This is my version of a canapé I had in a restaurant ages ago. These are simple, but highly effective little savoury bites: light choux pastry, flavoured subtly with cheese and mustard, and filled with a simple fresh white crab meat sauce. I use mayonnaise in the filling so that as the choux heat up, […]

The easiest & quickest smoked mackerel pâté in the world!

This is an insanely simple and almost instant smoked mackerel pâté that is seriously big on flavour – perfect spread liberally on hot toast or eaten with a baguette as part of a light snack. The pickled gherkins are quite wonderful in here and really lift the pâté somewhat: I tend use use the sliced […]

Gooseberry chutney

This is my very simple recipe for gooseberry chutney made on this occasion with some frozen red gooseberries I had picked last year. It makes a great accompaniment to cold meats, cheese, smoked fish, to name just a few. It is sharp, buy with a nice level of sweetness. I also use it in my […]

Savoury macarons: smoked salmon & horseradish

When it comes to the list of my food pleasures, smoked salmon on sliced brioche with a thin spreading of caper butter is up there near the top: the smoky saltiness of the salmon, the sweet butteriness of the brioche and the slightly tart capers make for a perfect partnership. These macarons are my bite-sized version […]

Spiced smoked haddock scones

Try to imagine me screaming from the rooftops that you absolutely must try this recipe: I am so proud of it and I really do think they need making and devouring. This is my twist on scotch eggs, but varied somewhat to incorporate a kedgeree flavour: spiced haddock is wrapped around soft-boiled quail eggs, before being […]

Spiced smoked cod & fennel tart

This is a lightly spiced tart with rich, smoky cod and the subtle aniseed flavour of fennel. It is very much a comfort-eat and makes a satisfying light meal served warm or cold. About this recipe This is a variation on my kedgeree-style tart that I was so proud to have been selected by BBC […]

Spiced smoked haddock vol-au-vents

Vol-au-vents never fail to excite me when I eat them!  For me they have always been absolute must as part of a buffet. I am such a fan of them that at my Civil Partnership, one of the food centrepieces involved vol-au-vents, with many different fillings. I have been making these kedgeree-style vol-au vents for years and they […]

Salmon & mushroom coulibiac

A very firm nod towards the classic dish of a few decades ago, this is an easy bake to throw together and is excellent served for a special occasion. Wonderful served warm with a salad or steamed vegetables, it is also excellent served cold; I must confess, I often make this for picnics. At the […]

Smoked mackerel pastry rolls

This is a recipe I am very proud of: I had some food left over smoked mackerel to use up and had that “I wonder if this will work…” moment. Luckily, it does work and I cannot recommend highly enough trying out this bake! It is essentially a twist on sausage rolls, one of my all-time favourite savoury bites, […]

Crab Canapés

A very simple canapé: small discs of puff pastry, topped with crab meat that has been mixed with a little fresh mayonnaise, a spritz of lemon juice, some chopped chives and just a little grated Gruyère cheese. These are gorgeous served warm, with chopped chives sprinkled over. However, they become absolutely heavenly when topped with […]

Poached Salmon & Asparagus Tart

I adore tarts: served warm with a good salad, perhaps with some cheese, a few pickles and some good bread they make for a satisfyingly light meal. As salmon and asparagus are such great partners they make a truly wonderful tart. I very lightly poach the salmon and steam the asparagus and set these in […]

Smoked Haddock Tarts – my nod to kedgeree

  Update: this recipe is one of my favourite savoury bakes and I was delighted that BBC Good Food Magazine selected it in their 25th Anniversary issue in 2014. These are very special tarts: crisp, melt-in-the-mouth and gently spiced pastry cases filled with buttery leeks, and flakes of smoked haddock in a just-set and subtly flavoured curried […]

Thai prawn bites in a coriander & sesame seed pastry

Post updated March 2016: new photographs added and recipe tweak Juicy marinaded prawns in a coriander and sesame seed pastry make wonderful nibbles and they are very easy to make. They are excellent served hot or cold. This was initially an idea for using up some raw prawns and some herbs and spices I had […]

Thai-style Butternut Squash Soup with Prawn Dumplings

Spicy vegetable soups are a delight to eat, especially at this time of the year with the wet and dreary weather sweeping the UK. Good comfort food, a generous bowlful of this type of soup is almost a meal in itself when served with some home-made bread, spread liberally with butter. For a change I […]

Simple smoked mackerel canapés

Updated: March 2016 In this post I have given two recipes: one for my version of smoked mackerel pâté and one for gooseberry chutney. Crunchy, with a rich smoked flavour and a sharp tang, this is my simple canapé version of a wonderful mackerel starter I had in a restaurant some time ago. As the […]

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