Smoked mackerel pâté – bank holiday picnic!

Smoked mackerel pate & crudites

Ah, the joy of a sunny bank holiday weekend!  DH had booked us in to the classic car show at Duxford (Imperial War Museum) for May Bank Holiday Sunday, so he could show off his mid-life-crisis-on-wheels and talk endlessly about tuning, fuel consumption, spoilers, and heaven knows what else with …

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Baked sea bream with herbs and lemon

Sea bream with herbs and lemon

Whenever Kipper and I buy fish, she always wants to get “the one with a head on!” (I’m not entirely convinced that this is normal for a pre-schooler, but then, I’m fairly convinced she’s not entirely normal, so hey ho.) Typically, I don’t get the one with a head on, because they’re …

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Griddled asparagus, and other vegetables

Griddling asparagus

I hesitated in writing up this ‘recipe’ because it’s really just a very simple set of instructions for cooking assorted vegetables in a griddle pan. BUT, it’s probably the most popular vegetable dish in our house, and for that reason, I decided to share it with you. The other night …

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Asparagus and oyster mushrooms with lemon-pinenut-pesto spaghetti

spaghetti with lemon-pinenut pesto, asparagus and oyster mushrooms

Oy, what a long and complicated title for what is really a simple, quick and delicious dish! Kipper and I were in town, and I spotted the first of the English asparagus on the market. The season is just starting, and doesn’t last long enough, so I snapped up a …

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Fish and spring vegetable tray bake

hake and spring vegetable tray bake on plate

I’m becoming quite a fan of the fish-and-vegetable tray bake. The mingling flavours make everything taste yummy, and there’s only one dish to wash up! The trick, I am discovering, is to ensure that the vegetables are cut sufficiently thinly that they can cook in the relatively short time it …

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Moroccan spiced salmon skewers (& vegetable kebabs)

Moroccan spiced salmon skewers & vegetable kebabs with quinoa

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to clear out at least some of the freezer before Pesach. Just three and a half weeks to go, and it’s not looking good. I suspect our protein intake may skyrocket in the next few weeks. Hmmm. So, salmon. Three skinless fillets, to be exact. And …

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Hake grilled with spring onion mayonnaise

grilled hake with spring onion mayonnaise

Yes, it’s those pesky spring onions again! Having made the spring onion pancakes, and the spring vegetable risotto, I was nearly through them all. This hake recipe used up nearly another bunch. Not many to go now… There were a couple of inspirations for this dish. Firstly, my Mum, who …

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Zesty tuna pasta – hot or cold

This zesty tuna pasta is a quick dinner that I’ve been making, in one version or another, since I was a student, I think. I much prefer it to the ubiquitous tuna-pasta-sweetcorn combo that comes cold with mayonnaise or hot with some other kind of creamy goo (condensed mushroom soup?) …

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