Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon Tartine
(Tartine au saumon fumé)
Perfect for a Jubilee Picnic!
I was lucky enough to be sent some wonderfull smoked salmon and a bottle of wine recently, from Loch Fyne, a fabulous Scottish company that provides a range of delicious seafood and larder products delivered directly to your door from the shores of Loch Fyne. I received two packets of salmon and bottle of white Gros Plant wine; the salmon was their traditional Bradan Orach smoked salmon and the wine was the perfect choice to accompany the fish……it was all well packed and arrived exactly when it was due to arrive, all beautifully chilled and ready to eat! I am a BIG lover of fish and all things seafood, and I also adore smoked salmon, and consider myself to be a bit an expert, and I must say that I was VERY impressed with the quality of Loch Fyne’s smoked salmon – it was meltingly tender and not at all oily. The colour was good – a lovely rich orangey red and the smoking was spot on too…..NOT too smoky, but just subtly smoked.
My salmon and white wine were part of Loch Fyne’s Gift range…..and they have some LOVELY gifts on offer,which, you can order on-line and that are sent direct to the lucky recipient……the list of gifts includes: A Picnic Box; A “For Him” gift box with a bottle of Ale included; A Scottish Breakfast box; A Scottish Tea Time Treats box and many more exciting and original food gift ideas. Prices range from about £25 to £60 for the gift boxes and you can also purchase gift vouchers too.
MY first packet of salmon was consumed the same evening, with some Boursin cheese and some bread, along with the wine……but, then I decided to do something a little different with my second packet, and something for the Jubilee weekend, for a Jubilee picnic maybe. Tartines are lovely little open-faced sandwiches that are popular in France – the French version of a Danish sandwich if you like. They are excellent for light lunches, buffets, appetisers and picnics, and can be assembled at the last-minute, or indeed on the spot in the case of a picnic – just take the components along with you, with the bread already sliced. The reason I like tartine style sandwiches, is that the filling, or rather the topping, is the star of the show and there is less bread involved, basically you get more of the delicious bits! This simple recipe idea uses fresh herbs and garlic along with soft goat’s cheese and the smoked salmon of course. I served these on little rounds of baguette, but, granary and seeded wholemeal bread would be wonderful, as well as rye bread or rye crisp-breads too.
The last flourish for these tartines, are caper berries, and some fresh lemon wedges too…..the only proviso for these sandwiches is GOOD QUALITY smoked salmon and fresh bread. If you are not a lover of goat’s cheese, use cream cheese instead…..or even some Boursin cheese, with herbs and garlic. I have suggested that these would be perfect for a Jubilee picnic, with a bottle of fizz maybe? I mean it is a special occasion and we have a LOVELY LONG weekend off……so, why not treat yourself to a bottle of champagne, some smoked salmon and pack up a picnic, even if the weather is bad, good food like this should raise your spirits, as we raise a glass to Her Majesty the Queen, and celebrate her amazing sixty year reign! See you later with a meal plan, a BBQ fish Giveaway and some more recipes. Have a GREAT bank holiday Monday, Karen.
As this recipe has herbs in it, I am entering it into the Herbs on Saturday Blog Challenge.