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Smoked salmon and avocado salad

How’s this for a quick midweek meal? Lemon and peppercorn smoked salmon, new tatties, spring onions and avocado. Very simple, delicious and healthy!

Would you believe the picture was taken on my mobile phone?

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Easy sausage rolls

I made these sausage rolls when we had a few friends over at the weekend. They went down a treat and I had to be quick to grab one myself. In fact they were so successful and are so easy to make that my brother used the idea at Hogmanay. Just take a pack of good quality sausages (I used Tesco’s pork and caramelised onion) and remove the sausage meat from the skins. Mush it all up and place in a long tube on a ready-rolled sheet of puff pastry. Brush a little egg wash on the edges and tuck the pastry over the sausagemeat. Cut into thumb sized rolls, slash the tops, brush with more egg wash then cook for 25-30 minutes in a 200C oven.

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Homemade tapenade on freshly baked bread

Here I go with another holiday inspired post! Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll get sick of these soon and return to normal service.

One of my favourite things that I brought back from Nice (part 2 of that report is coming soon by the way) was two jars of tapenade. Now I love anchovies, olives and capers and will happily take any opportunity to combine the three in some kind of food. Be that in pasta sauce or on top of pizza. Mushing them all up in a paste to spread on toast? That’s definitely a concept I can get into. Continue reading “Homemade tapenade on freshly baked bread”

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Smoked mackerel and chilli fishcakes

Fish-cakes are a favourite in this house. Usually I just follow the recipe in Nick Nairn’s cook school book which produces excellent crisp on the outside, moist on the inside cakes. However this time I thought I’d go a little off-piste and spice them up a bit. Continue reading “Smoked mackerel and chilli fishcakes”

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Chicken in parmesan and herb breadcrumbs

Here’s a quick post that’s a little bit more seasonal than the last one! Chicken breasts in some Italian influenced breadcrumbs. Continue reading “Chicken in parmesan and herb breadcrumbs”

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Toad In The Hole

It’s time for a classic – Toad In The Hole. I haven’t made this for ages. No idea why as it’s all kinds of awesome. Massive yorkshire pudding with plump sausages and loads of gravy. Yum!

The Devenick Dairy were doing a deal on veal sausages at the farmers market recently so I thought they’d be a perfect match for some toad in the hole. Once defrosted it looked like there was a few more sausages in the pack than we initially thought but I cooked them all anyway and ate the rest after my run the next day. Gave me something to look forward to while I trudged up a big hill in Glen Tanar. Continue reading “Toad In The Hole”

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Pheasant in a cream sauce

With a month to go until the City of Aberdeen Bakery Hughes 10k I’m out running most evenings to get the miles under my belt. I’m determined to try to get a 10k time below 50 mins this year so I’m aiming for sub 55 minutes next month. That doesn’t leave a lot of time during the week for cooking but I was able to get this pheasant dish together on Thursday. Continue reading “Pheasant in a cream sauce”