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Salmon Wellington

I came up with this recipe for some friends we were having over at the end of January. It was so successful, I’ve made it six times since. I’ve even changed it up with a Chicken Cordon-Bleu and it’s lovely. I find 50-60 grams of protein are plenty because there is a little topping and the pastry is very filling. Depending on what’s inside, you may or may not even need a sauce.

The cracked pastry does not take anything away from the wow factor of this dish.

Salmon Wellington

A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 15 g onion
  • 50 g baby spinach
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 65 g goats cheese, room temperature
  • 5 g roasted puréed garlic
  • Salt, pepper and dill to taste
  • 120 g Wild Pacific Salmon, skin removed
  • 1/2 a sheet of puff pastry
  • 1/2 egg, whisked

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F
  2. Sauté the onion and spinach in the olive oil until the onion is translucent and the spinach has wilted, set aside to cool.
  3. Combine the sautéed vegetables, goats cheese, roasted garlic and season with salt, pepper and dill.
  4. Layout the puff pastry and cut it into two rectangular pieces, roll out to be able to cover the entire fish.
  5. Divide the goat cheese mixture between the two puff pastry and spread out in about the same shape as the salmon. Lay the salmon on top and fold the puff pastry over so the side overlap and you can pinch them closed. Flip over and pinch the ends closed. Use a fork to create a strong seal on the ends and score the top. Brush tops with the egg wash and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is about 135° F.
  6. Serve immediately.

We prefer wild caugh Pacific salmon because it is brightly coloured and has great salmon flavour.

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I saw this Nigella Lawson recipe on my friend Mimi’s socials and in reading Nigella Lawson’s description of it made me want to try it. I was able to source the Aleppo pepper flakes at my favourite spice store in Kensington Market, Carlos’ House of Spice. I called it Turk-ish because I altered the recipe somewhat but you can click on the original here.

Creamy and tangy against the rich Aleppo butter sauce.

The Aleppo pepper flakes are not burning hot, there is mild heat but even I can take it so it’s pretty mild. It has a lovely fruity taste that comes through in the nutty brown butter. The tangy yogurt is beautifully mellowed by the brown butter sauce. It’s a lovely dish that is totally guest-worthy.

Turk-ish Eggs

Please click here for the original recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 200 mL Plain Greek yogurt
  • 10 g roasted garlic purée
  • 2-4 g Sea salt flakes or kosher salt
  • 30 g unsalted butter
  • 15 mL extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-5 g Aleppo pepper/Turkish red pepper flakes
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • 10 mL lemon juice, divided
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed with a fork
  • Toasted bread

Directions:

  1. Whisk the yogurt and roasted garlic in a bowl over a bain-marie and gently warm the yogurt, set aside.
  2. Warm two bistro bowls.
  3. Melt the butter and gently cook until the milk solids turn golden brown, remove from the heat and stir in the olive oil, Aleppo pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  4. Gently bring a low-sided pan, filled with water to a light boil and turn it down so there are no visible bubbles. Meanwhile, crack each egg into a fine-mesh sieve and allow the loose whites to drain away, slide into a ramekin. Add 5 mL lemon juice into each ramekin with the drained egg. Gently lower each egg into the simmering water and cook until desired consistency (we love runny yolks 3-5 minutes).
  5. To serve, divide the yogurt into the two bowls evenly spoon the mashed avocado into the centre. Place a poached egg on top and drizzle with the Aleppo butter sauce. Serve with lots of toast.

Notes:

  • The addition of avocado is not authentic in this recipe, I had a half that needed using. It was a beautiful creamy texture against the yogurt.
  • If you think two slices of toast will do, make two more, you’ll need it to soak up the yogurt-butter-egg sauce!

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I haven’t made Tiramisu in ages and when I saw my friend Lauraine’s Beeramisu pop up on her socials I was sold! Plus I needed a dessert to bring with us to a dinner party at a friend’s place. Our friends are not big coffee lovers but they love beer so I knew this would be perfect immediately! I didn’t have a chocolate porter but I did have some Vanilla Porter that I knew would work. None of us like a super-rich or sweet dessert so I cut some sugar and eggs down a bit and I still got two desserts out of this recipe. Thank you, Lorraine, for the recipe and inspiration.

Vanilla Porter Beer-amisu

For the original recipe, please click here.

This recipe makes one loaf pan about 9 cm wide x 20 cm long x 6 cm tall AND an 18 cm diametre round pan.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 75 g sugar
  • 360 g mascarpone, placed at room temperature for an hour
  • 400 mL whipping cream
  • 5 mL vanilla 
  • 150 mL vanilla porter or stout beer, chilled
  • 28 sponge fingers (around 230g/8.1ozs)
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Directions:

  • Combine the egg yolks with the sugar in a double boiler and whisk until the sugar has melted and the eggs have thickened about 10 minutes. Allow to completely cool.
  • Meanwhile, whip the cream and vanilla until soft peaks form, not stiff peaks
  • When the egg mixture has cooled, whisk the mascarpone into the egg mixture until smooth and creamy. Fold in the whipped cream.
  • Prepare your pans by lining them with plastic wrap. Dip each sponge finger into the porter quickly (you don’t want it soaked). 
  • Place a smooth layer of the mascarpone on the bottom of each pan then begin lining the bottom with the dipped sponge fingers until the bottom layer has been filled. Add another layer of the mascarpone and repeat with the sponge fingers. I got two layers in each vessel. Pull up the plastic wrap and fold it over so the Beer-amisu doesn’t dry out in the fridge. Allow to rest in the fridge for 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, open the plastic wrap and tip the container onto a serving dish so that the top is the bottom and the bottom is the top. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Serve in slices.

This is the unromantic shot in the pans. I’m going to freeze the round one for future use.

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We’re getting into patio season here in the Big Smoke and patio season means glasses of vino and cocktails with friends on our cozy covered patio. I never like to serve alcohol without something to nosh on and I had a couple of dips in the freezer that needed a little flatbread. This recipe whipped up very quickly and because it is not a yeasted dough, no rising was required. They do puff up quite a bit, so roll them on the thinner side.

Quick & Easy Flatbread

A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe

Makes 4 flat breads about 20 cm (8 inches) in diametre

Ingredients:

  • 300 g “00” flour
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 2 g baking soda
  • 160 g Greek yogurt
  • 20 g olive oil
  • 45 g water
  • 125 mL olive oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients well; combine the wet ingredients and whisk well. Combine the dry and the wet and kneed for a minute or two.
  2. Divide into four equal balls (mine were 133 g) and roll out to about.5 cm thick.
  3. Heat the olive oil to 350° F and fry each side of the flatbreads until the inside temperature is 150° F. Cool on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil. Serve warm or grilled and cut into wedges.

Notes:

  • Freeze cooked flatbreads in a ziplock bag.

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