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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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Quick lunch – smoked mackerel and crowdie pate

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This cooking lark is easy. Well, sometimes it is anyway. This paté is a case in point. It’s almost ludicrous how simple it is to knock this up in a couple of minutes. I had a day off today so for lunch I threw a few spoonfuls of crowdie and a few smoked mackerel fillets into a small food processor with some horseradish, parsley and smoked paprika. Blitz it for a minute or so then spread it on hot buttered toast. Ridiculously good lunch in minutes.

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Pork chop with garlic mushrooms and olives

I had some olives and a pork chop leftover (from separate meals) and was looking for something to use them up. So I came up with this simple dish of mushrooms with garlic, tomatoes and olives and a pan fried pork chop. Great for a quick midweek meal as the whole thing just takes 15 minutes. Continue reading “Pork chop with garlic mushrooms and olives”

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Quick and easy smoked mackerel pate

After 2 months of sitting on my backside due to a knee injury and the arrival of all that white stuff on the ground I decided last night to get back in the game. So as soon as I got home it was into the track suit and I cleared some space in the spare room for the little rowing machine we’ve got (still too much snow in Banchory for me to brave running). But before I got stuck in I needed to decide on what to eat for tea afterwards. It needed to be something I can prepare quickly, preferably beforehand and leave it while I do my session and is quite light as the last thing I want after exercise is a big meal.

I always see smoked mackerel fillets in the supermarket, but aside from fish cakes never really thought of anything to do with them. They’re delicious on their own of course, with a very sweet flavour and I could happily eat a whole packet for dinner (would be good sprinkled with lemon juice with some new tatties and some spring onions I think). But it’s not very exciting and doesn’t seem worthy of a blog like this (like I have standards all of a sudden). Continue reading “Quick and easy smoked mackerel pate”

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Spaghetti with olives, anchovies and capers

If you’re in a hurry but don’t fancy beans on toast, or something that goes ping, then spaghetti can provide a brilliant quick and easy meal. This dish is one of my favourites and uses a classic combination of anchovies, olives and capers that shows its face over and over in Italian cooking, especially in the south. Continue reading “Spaghetti with olives, anchovies and capers”

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Quick lunch – mackerel, courgette and tomatoes on toast

Sundays can be maddening. They’re made for not doing much but invariably end up with the pre-monday rush of boring chores like ironing work clothes, doing the weekly shop and cleaning the house. I’d much rather spend the day sitting in the garden (on the rare occasion when sunshine occurs at the weekend), drinking a few beers and generally doing as little as possible. Because I was feeling a bit lazy today and didn’t want to go get lunch from the supermarket I knocked up this quick fishy feed instead. Continue reading “Quick lunch – mackerel, courgette and tomatoes on toast”

Pad Thai
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Pad Thai

I used to make a lot of stir frys. By which I mean I used to buy a pack of stir fry veg, some noodles and chuck it in a wok with some chopped chicken and soy sauce. It wasn’t bad, but it never really stood out or tasted close to anything from a good restaurant. So eventually I thought I’d give a pad thai recipe a try. Continue reading “Pad Thai”