The Boy made these early this week for a quick dinner… they are easy and so good. I have the leftovers for my lunch today.

You need;
300g cold mashed potatoes
6 spring onions , thinly sliced
1 tbsp horseradish sauce
250g peppered mackerel fillets, skinned and flaked
2 tbsp plain flour
1 egg , beaten
85g dried breadcrumbs

1. In a mixing bowl, mix the potato, spring onions, horseradish and mackerel, then shape into 8 even-size cakes.
Roll the fish cakes in the flour and dip into the egg, then the breadcrumbs.

2. Bake the fishcakes for 10-20 minutes until cooked through. You could also grill/fry but we were being good.

We served with steamed broccoli and froze half to have another day.

A really good Risotto

June 18, 2010

So for Date Night this week the Boy was cooking, and he made a risotto we eat a lot.
Mostly because it’s actually quite healthy (spinach and mackerel are both super foods!) and relatively low calorie for a risotto… but really because it’s sooo tasty!

You need;
1 tbsp butter
1 onion , finely chopped
250g risotto rice
100ml white wine
1l vegetable stock
1 x 240 pack smoked mackerel
2 spring onions , sliced
100g bag fresh spinach

As it was Date Night and we weren’t trying to be healthy the Boy chucked in loads of shaved parmesan as well, which was made it even better…

Believe it or not I have never made a risotto, whenever we eat one it’s the Boy who cooks them, they are one of my favourite things to eat at home with some wine in front of a movie, as there no fuss in eating them, you just spoon it until it’s gone.

So while he cooked I just buzzed around him with the camera… and lit some candles


Heat the butter in a large frying pan and fry gently for 5 mins until soft.
Stir in the rice until coated in the butter, then pour in the wine and let it bubble until it’s almost all disappeared.

Pour in half the stock, and stir, then leave to gently cook for 10 mins.
Add half of the remaining stock, stir again and cook for 5 mins more.
Keep adding stock and stirring until the rice is tender.

Peel the skin off the mackerel, scrape away any dark brown flesh, then flake.
Stir into the rice with the spring onions and spinach, then cook just until the spinach has wilted slightly.

Serve straight away with lots of black pepper, parmesan and a big glass of Chardonnay!


5 Minute Lunch/Snack

June 11, 2010

One of my favourite lunches is homemade mackerel pate with some nice bread, here is my easy and quick recipe;

1 pack smoked mackerel fillets
1/2 tub creme fraiche (or sour cream, yogurt etc)
1 lemon (juice and zest)
2/3 tsps horseradish cream
handful fresh chives
seat salt and black pepper

1. Mash the mackerel into chunks and add the creme fraiche and mix well, then add the lemon juice and zest and the horseradish to taste, finally mix in the chives and add salt and pepper to taste.

That’s it!

To make a more substantial lunch make a chunky sandwich with some thick cut granary bread, drizzle with olive oil, add some baby herby leaves or rocket, some tomatoes and cucumber or whatever salad you prefer, to have a light lunch spread on crackers or dip bread sticks or vegetable crudities (asparagus is yummy with this!)