Set the grill to high.To cook, whisk the eggs with the chives, basil and seasoning. Heat a non-stick pan with the olive oil. Pour in the egg mixture, stir for a moment or two, allowing the liquid egg to flow on to the base of the pan. Scatter on the cream cheese and continue cooking until the egg is almost set but still moist on top, add the smoked salmon pieces, press on salmon lightly. Place the pan under the hot grill to finish cooking 1-2 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, and then loosen edge with spatula and slide onto a large plate. Cut into wedges and serve warm. Garnish with red onion slices.
These are very rich so a little go a long way. And the trick to this dish is to cook them very slowly, so that the cream doesn’t curdle.
1kg medium-sized potatoes
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
100g well-flavoured farmhouse cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
300ml double cream
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 1, 140ºC (275ºF). Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin slices. Overlap one-third of the slices over the base of a buttered 2.¼ litre shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with half the chopped garlic, one-third of the grated cheese and some salt and pepper. Repeat the layers once more, then finish with a final layer of neatly overlapped potatoes.
Warm the milk and cream together in a pan with a little more seasoning to taste. Pour over the potatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake for approximately 1½ hours until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Cover very loosely with a sheet of foil part-way through cooking after the top has become nicely golden.
4 x 175g hake fillets, pin boned, scaled and skin on
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
¼ butternut squash, deseeded and cut into cubes
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
½ red pepper, cored and cut into thin strip
s½ yellow pepper, cored and cut into thin strips
½ green pepper, cored and cut into thin strips
½ red chilli, seeds removed and thinly sliced
2 tsp mild curry powder2 tsp ground turmeric
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 x 400g tin coconut milk (Thai Gold brand, if possible)
100ml vegetable or fish stock
2 tbsp mango chutney
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsedJuice of
1 limeHandful of baby spinach leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Steamed basmati I rice, to serve
1 tbsp basil, chopped
1 tbsp coriander, chopped
Preheat a large heavy based saucepan with the rapeseed oil over a medium heat
Add the butternut squash, onion, garlic, and ginger to the pan and stir to combine. Add in the sliced peppers, sliced chilli followed by the spices. Mix well to coat the vegetables in the spices, scraping the base of the pan.
Add in the chopped tomatoes, coconut milk, stock, mango chutney, chickpeas and lime juice. Stir to combine, cover with a lid and bring to the boil.
Once the curry has come to the boil, carefully place the hake portions on top and cover with the lid. Reduce the head to a low to medium and slowly poach the hake for 15 minutes, until cooked through.
Add in the spinach and nestle between the fish to wilt.
Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and finish with chopped basil and coriander.
Of course this recipe is great with just parsley but experiment with a combination of soft fragrant herbs sauce as parsley, chives, tarragon or chervil depending on what’s available.
4 x 175g hake fillets, skin on and boned
1 tablesp. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ lemon, pips removed
1 tablesp. chopped mixed herbs (parsley, chives and tarragon)
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the seasoned hake fillets, skin side down. Cook for a couple of minutes until the skin is just beginning to crisp, then add little knobs of butter to the pan around each hake fillet and cook for another couple of minutes until the skin is crisp.
Turn the hake fillets over and cook for another 3-4 minutes until cooked through. This will depend on the thickness of the fillets. Transfer to warmed plates while you make the sauce.
Add the rest of the butter to the frying pan and allow it to gently melt over a moderate heat. When it has melted, add a squeeze of lemon juice and the herbs, swirling to combine. Season to taste. Spoon this sauce over the hake fillets and serve with steamed broccoli and some sautéed new potatoes.
Steamed broccoli and sauté new potatoes
Above all be careful not to overcook the fish. To check, gently prod the thickest part of the fish with a small knife. If it is cooked, the flesh will look opaque and the flakes will separate easily. If it isn’t done yet, it will still have the translucent look for raw fish.
Other fish you could use: Whiting, haddock or trout fillets