Baking Hot …

Phew, yesterday was another scorcher, so what did I decide to do to keep cool? Yes, I decided to bake. We were going out in the evening (to see Giffords Circus – if you get the chance to see them, do, they were incredible, funny and surreal, all at the same time) and due to the timing of the show, we decided to take a picnic.

For our savoury dish, I wanted to use some lovely Scottish salmon fillets, I wanted something along the lines of a Salmon en Croûte. In the end I made a combination of several recipes. The pastry was rough puff – the first time I’d ever made it – and it was layered with a herbed pancake, saffron rice, finely chopped and shallow fried onion and mushroom, chopped hard boiled egg and a seared salmon fillet (skin removed). It took several hours to prepare but it was fantastic to have that time available to make it:

An added bonus is that we have enough of these left for us to have for our tea tonight.

We’ve recently discovered the restaurant chain ‘Bill’s‘, we love the way the restaurant is set out with the combination of old industrial pipework and ornate chandeliers, we also love the food, its range, freshness and all round yumminess. After our first visit there, I bought the cookbook ‘Cook, Eat, Smile’ and yesterday seemed the perfect opportunity to  try out one of the recipes. I chose the Beetroot and Chocolate Cake. In the same way that Carrot Cakes are almost always moist, the beetroot in this cake kept the sponge deliciously so. The beetroot also gave the sponge an incredibly rich colour and wondrous depth of flavour. Sandwiched between the two sponges, were a chocolate buttercream and a Black Forest Gâteau inspired cherry jam. This is a definite crowd pleaser and I’ll certainly be adding it to my list of favourites:

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Swift & Spicy Salmon Curry …

The salmon curry recipe that I used for our tea tonight originated in Goa, the spices blended well in the coconut milk and as the salmon is only cooked for 5-6 minutes, it is incredibly light for a curry:

The spices were:

ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli.

In total, our tea tonight took just 25 minutes to prepare, definitely a ‘curry in a hurry’!

 

Five photos of fancy food for fab friends …

Sorry, went a bit mad on the alliterative front there. Had some lovely friends round for a long lunch today. Here are some of the foodie photos:

I served the steamed salmon with some asparagus spears, roast potatoes, steamed broccoli and some home made mayonnaise:

 

To follow, we had a trio of baked goods: Viennese Whirls, Chocolate Brownies and Lemon Butterfly Cakes. Fresh raspberries and cream were optional extras:

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, I won’t be needing any tea!

Simply Stunning Salmon …

These salmon steaks look delicious even before they have been cooked. They didn’t need much to make them perfect, simply a thin sliver of butter, a slice of lemon, a basil leaf and some seasoning. They were then wrapped in foil and steamed in the oven for about 15 minutes. Together with some boiled new potatoes and some steamed broccoli they made a tasty tea: