Fish on Friday:
Smoked, Peppered Mackerel Pâté with Rye Bread Toasts
It’s Friday already, the week has flown by in a flurry of flower, currants, chocolate and vanilla Balsamic, maple syrup, walnuts, scallops, beetroot, dumplings and sausages with beans……..lovely! The snow has melted and the thermometer has risen to the giddy heights of 9 degrees Celsius, positively balmy darlinks. The snow left lush green grass in the back garden and the first spring bulbs have started to emerge from their warm earthy bed in my assorted random pots on the terrace. I have been in a baking frenzy this week and so Friday is the perfect day to take a day off from the flour seives and cake tins and turn to fish; fish on Friday is a tradition in my family and one I like to keep up. One fish that I am particularly fond of is smoked mackerel; and Delish Fish has some amazing Hot Smoked Wild Mackerel Fillets with Crushed Black Peppercorns on their site that were just crying out to be on my fishy Friday menu, especially as this luxurious, oil-rich fish that is perfect for hot-smoking, and, traditionally mackerel caught in cold Scottish waters has the highest oil content, making it the best for smoking.
I whipped this recipe up really quickly, and there was enough for at least three meals for the two of us; I served it for lunch with some delectable home-made rye bread toasts as well as rocket leaves and extra fresh lemon quarters. The smoked peppered mackerel really makes this pâté and to be frank I could sit down with a spoon and eat it straight from the bowl! This would make a lovely starter for a dinner party as well as a stellar sandwich filling for picnics and posh lunch boxes. I was pleased with the balance of sharp lemon and rich herb cream cheese with the smokiness of the mackerel; however, you could lighten this up by adding low-fat cream cheese. It is better if served with rye bread, but brown bread or granary would also be a good partner.
That’s all for Friday – Herbs on Saturday will be back tomorrow as usual, as well as more musings and recipes……..I have been slighty neglectful of interesting seasonal feasts and festivals lately, it’s just been so busy, but with Shrove Tuesday and Lent next week, I will be highlighting some of the more unusual traditions that we have in the UK. See you later, Karen.