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Smoked Salmon Tartare

tartare 2Today’s recipe is something I quickly made yesterday because I had no intention of hanging out in the kitchen for too long — it was HOT! The temps are passing the 30s here in the Netherlands, and as much as I love warm weather, I am not a fan of cooking elaborate meals in the heat (with the exception of a roast chicken once in a while, but how elaborate is that?).
It was late in the afternoon, and I had no idea what to serve for dinner, so I made a quick dash to my local supermarket. When I spotted two thick, beautifu smoked salmon fillets, I immediately knew what I would make — salmon tartare! A light, refreshing dish with tons of flavor! With a salad, some bread and a cold soup (I’ll be posting the recipe here tomorrow), it was the perfect dinner to end a steamy summer day! PS: I used ring molds to serve the tartare, but you can also serve it with toast or little boats made from Belgian endive. Enjoy!

Smoked Salmon Tartare
Serves 4

  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 ½ tbsps good olive oil
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsps chopped chives
  • fleur de sel
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • ¼ cucumber, finely diced
  • 400g smoked salmon fillets, diced
  • crème fraîche, thinly sliced lemon & microgreens, to serve

In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper to make a vinaigrette. Stir in the chopped chives, cucumber and salmon. Mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour. When ready to serve, use a ring mold to form the individual tartares. Top each one with a little crème fraîche and garnish with lemon, a scattering of microgreens and a good grinding of pepper.

Sunny Break!

Wow! I’m back after a restful, sunny and very delicious four-day break which started with lunch out with my daughter, continued with an Italian wine tasting with our new friends from Milan and went on to include lots of delicious food (have you ever barbecued magret de canard? HOLY!), bottles of French wine and lazy afternoons reading from a shady spot in my garden. I seriously cannot remember the last time I really took time off like that. Pure bliss! Here are a few snapshots from our weekend!

Crémant de Bourgogne
The Netherlands had the highest temps in Europe on Saturday. Good reason to pop open a chilled rosé Crémant de Bourgogne.
I had forgotten I had broken a champagne glass, so I used these beautiful vintage glasses instead. I think I may stick with them when serving sparkling drinks from now on.
One of the easiest sides on a warm day is a marinated tomato salad. Thinly slice ripe tomatoes and drizzle with a dressing of French olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, fleur de sel, freshly cracked pepper and lots of crushed garlic. Scatter with thinly sliced onions and either basil or parsley.
I made the salad well in advance so that all the flavors of the dressing really seep into the tomatoes. Hubby grilled us beautiful duck magrets (one of my favorite foods).
chèvre chaud
Another wonderful summer dish is a simple chèvre chaud. When we picnic on Sundays in Soumensac, we usually start our meal with this. The cheese is produced by a local farmer and is absolutely divine. You can easily make the salad. Wrap small goat’s cheeses with thin strips of bacon and fry in an ungreased pan for a minute or so a side. Place on a bed of fresh greens and drizzle with your own homemade honey-mustard dressing. The honey is very important!
My daughter is growing up way too fast. Where did the time go? Where is it going? All the more reason to really enjoy every moment. Like watching her drink a cold green tea at the harbor!
Mother’s Day on Sunday, and I really felt the love! Beautiful red roses, a strawberry sponge, chocolate, a magazine and a coconut oil & rose body scrub I have now become addicted to!
Kasteel Groeneveld
Groeneveld Castle in Baarn hosts a ‘TrotsMarkt’ every second Sunday of the month. Such a varied choice of beautiful food and a perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon!
I could not resist buying a few French sausages. We will be enjoying them this week before dinner with a glass of red wine. A perfect souvenir for a perfect four days of food, family and love!
Reading Ruth Reichl ‘Comfort Me with Apples’, in Dutch. Finally… time to read a good (no, make that FANTASTIC) book!



Conchiglie Bake

Conchiglie Bake2My weekday cooking is all about ease. Though you may be inclined to think that working from home would make meal preparation a little easier, I dare say the opposite is true — at least in my case. Luckily, there are meals which make life a whole lot easier.