~ Menu ~
Salmon & Leek Gratin
A little Salad
Elderflower Cordial and Sparkling Water
I was counting all the meat in the freezer this morning (you have to make your own entertainment in rural areas) when I found a salmon fillet. As I always have a few leeks about which are a basic for me, this enabled me to have a little gratin for my lunch. This is something we used to have on the menu at our restaurant, The House on the Strand, years ago. It was a popular dish.
Salmon & Leek Gratin – serves 1 (because that’s how many I am, real man not wishing to eat such fancy cooking).
170g salmon fillet
1 small leek – cleaned and thinly sliced
90g double cream
a girly handful of breadcrumbs
~ Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the leeks to coat thoroughly.
~ Turn down the heat and press something suitable (ie. a butter wrapper, greaseproof paper of piece of foil) directly onto the surface of the leeks. Cover the pan.
~ Cook gently for 10-15 minutes keeping an eye on things and giving the occasional stir till very tender.
~ Place the piece of salmon on top of the leeks and cook for another 5 minutes till the fish flakes easy with the simple application of a fork.
~ Set the fish aside, and stir the cream into the leeks.
~ Taste and season – I added a little crumbled veg Oxo.
~ Bring to a boil and cook a minute or two.
~ Remove from the heat, flake the salmon and fold into the creamy goo.
~ Turn into a heatproof dish, sprinkle with the crumbs, dot with butter and finish under a hot grill.
The elderflowers are fast fading in the lanes. I wanted to have a go at making elderflower cordial but the caravan is just too small for such outrageous behaviour. I’ll do it next year when we’ll be in a real house – grown up or what! In the meantime I contented myself with picking a few of the flowers (and learning that they don’t last long in a vase) and drinking some cordial a friend made.
A few days ago I wrote a little about St.Austell, my soon to be home town, and how well it is doing re-inventing itself. One great addition is Nature Kitchen, a small, interesting and wonderfully fragrant shop.
It is stacked with numerous pots of herbs and spices including hundreds of hard to find ingredients - just look at this small section!
In addition to all these wonderful herbs and spices they sell whole foods, natural remedies, plants, a few interesting kitchen utensils, fresh fruit and veg and have a deli which also offers delicious salads, sandwiches, soups etc.. This really is a lucky find – look for it on your right when leaving the main car park on your way down to the main shopping area and rejoice!