Family Fish and Pasta on Friday:
Creamy Salmon and Orange Pasta with Mixed Herbs Recipe
Christmas arrived early the other day, a fabulous box of fresh fish arrived, as you may remember from last week’s Fish on Friday post - Easy Peasy Fish on Friday Recipe: Family Friendly Fabulous Fish Pie, and along with my fish box was a special gift from John at Delish Fish for me to try, and then to review, a Honey Roast Salmon Side - beautifully presented in a vacuum packed tartan (plaid) sleeve. The salmon side was dressed with slices of oranges and lemons and was ready to eat, either hot or cold. Delish Fish Honey Roast Salmon Sides are made using the same secret recipe and method as their smaller fillets, which I have enjoyed in the past, and are very versatile. Plus, they are vacuum packed and flash frozen for convenience, so, I cut my side in half and froze one half before enjoying the other half in sandwiches, with salads and in this pasta dish - Creamy Salmon and Orange Pasta with Mixed Herbs.
The salmon was DIVINE! Soft and meltingly tender, with no bones, with a subtle smoked flavour that comes from hot smoking and the honey roast method. As you can see from the photos, the colour was a beautiful deep pink (salmon pink?!) and the skin peeled away from the side with the greatest of ease. I could have put this salmon side on a platter with a few sprigs of parsley and served it straight from the packet – the lemon and orange slices that garnished the side of salmon was a nice touch, and the packaging was attractive and very Scottish! A side of salmon as good as this would make an EXCELLENT gift for a foodie friend or as part of a family hamper – I thought the price was VERY reasonable, each side (between 1 and 1.2 kilos) is £25, that’s not much for a top quality Scottish salmon, dressed and ready to eat.
Having enjoyed the salmon in sandwiches and salads, as I mentioned before, I decided to create a family friendly pasta dish with the salmon that was left. Pasta is always a great hit with working families, and this recipe for Creamy Salmon and Orange Pasta with Mixed Herbs is on the table in UNDER half an hour – be prepared to be VERY worried Jamie Oliver! The secret ingredient in this pasta dish is the orange – the idea came to me when I saw that John had decorated the salmon side with oranges, as well as lemons; and, I have often thought that oranges have a much better affinity with rich, earthy salmon than lemons. To make this an easy supper dish recipe, I also dispensed with the white sauce, and added a dollop of crème fraîche to the pasta before adding the rest of the ingredients.
The result was a creamy pasta with top quality salmon, zesty orange, fresh herbs and salty parmesan cheese, all bound in a simple creamy sauce with lots of freshly milled black pepper, wonderful! This recipe would feed a family of four, as in two adults and two children, but may only stretch to three adults – however, it is an easy recipe and the quantities can be increased for a larger gathering, as well as being decreased too. I used fresh chives and parsley, although I know that dill is the “usual suspect” when used with salmon, but with the warmth of the orange zest in this dish I wanted clean, fresh and simple herbs, and dill has a very distinctive flavour that might have marred the zestiness of the orange. As I have used two herbs in this recipe, I am adding this recipe to Herbs on Saturday, my monthly herbal challenge to encourage the use of herbs; this month my friend Jen is guest hosting over at Blue Kitchen Bakes.
Do give this simple and yet stunning recipe a try one evening, it would also make an elegant and light lunch too. If you want to order one of John’s Honey Roast Salmon Sides, then go to the Delish Fish Website, or tweet him here: @DelishFish I think one of these sides would be JUST perfect for Christmas and the New Year. That’s all for today, see you all later, and look out for a lovely Family Friendly Fish Giveaway coming up soon too…….have a wonderful weekend, Karen