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Pan-seared Norwegian Salmon with Potato Salad Recipe

Salmon Potato Salad Photo : Jackie Cameron

Salmon Potato Salad
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Pan seared Norwegian Salmon with Rich Man's Potato Salad, Fresh Green Beans, Lemon Wedge and Beurre Blanc

Fresh fish is always a winner so pan-seared Norwegian Salmon with a Rich Man's Potato Salad, fresh green beans and a lemon wedge is a good choice. A classic beurre blanc sauce rounds off this main dish and allows the fishy flavours to come through.

Pan-seared Norwegian Salmon

Yields : Five portions

Ingredients :

5 x 130g Norwegian Salmon

50g Salted Butter

Olive Oil

Method :

1) Heat a non-stick pan, add a knob of butter and once the butter is brown in colour and releasing a nutty aroma, add a splash of Olive Oil. (The olive oil prevents the butter from burning)

2) Place the salmon presentation side down first in the hot pan. Allow a beautiful golden colour to develop on the fish.  (Sear 1 or 2 fillets at a time so to ensure you do not overload your pan as this would result in poaching rather than searing.) Kiss, as we say, (just to seal rather than cooking) the other sides of the salmon with the hot pan.

3) Remove from the hot pan and place onto a tray for later cooking

4) On serving place the fish into a very hot oven, 220-240˚C, for 5-10 minutes until the fish is JUST cooked.  You can test this by placing your finger onto the fish, applying slight pressure in the direction of the flakes; if there is flake separation it is ready. Remember that the heat of the fish will continue cooking so be careful not to overcook as the flesh is so delicate.

Lemon Wedges (remember to remove all pips)

Rich Man's Potato Salad

Yields : Enough for 4-5

Ingredients :

4 medium potatoes, boiled, cut into cubes

50g Chives, snipped (with scissors)

Olive Oil to drizzle

80-100g Smoked Salmon Ribbons

3 t Salmon Caviar, optional

4 pickled Quail Eggs, quartered (or 2 hard-boiled eggs)

3 t Capers

Fennel to garnish

Salt and Pepper

Method :

1) Mix up potatoes, chives and olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and set aside for flavour development

2) On serving garnish chive-potatoes with smoked salmon ribbons, caviar, quail eggs, capers, fennel and lemon wedges. Serve with a grind of black pepper

Fresh Green Beans

Yields: 4-5 portions

Ingredients :

1 pkt, 700g, Fresh Green Beans, top and tail the beans

100g Salted Butter

Method :

1) Get a large pot of water on the heat and allow boiling

2) Place beans, in batches, into the boiling water. Add just enough beans so water does not stop boiling. You want this to be a quick process. When the beans are al dente, "to the tooth", tender but crisp remove from the boiling water. Place into an iced bath, allow instant cooling and halt cooking

3) Place beans into a pan with butter and oven roast until hot for serving

Classical Beurre Blanc

Yields : 4-5 portions

250ml good quality White Wine

180g Salted Butter, cut into cubes. Keep chilled within the fridge

15ml Cream

Salt and Black Pepper

Method :

1) Reduce the white wine by half. (so to about ½ cup)

2) Whisk the butter into the white wine one block at a time off the heat. If you find the butter is not melting or taking a long time to melt place you saucepan back onto the heat. Do not allow boiling as the sauce will split. Keep whisking and adding butter off and on the heat until all is incorporated

3) Add the cream amount on service, whisk, season and serve

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
www.hartford.co.za
jackie@hartford.co.za
+27 33 263 2713

Oozing Camembert and Parma Ham Recipe

Camembert and Parma Ham Recipe  Photo : Jackie Cameron

Camembert and Parma Ham Recipe
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Oozing Camembert with Orange Segments, Candied Walnuts, fresh herbs and sizzling, crisp Parma Ham

We rounded off the evening with espresso coffee and a few slices of oozing camembert with orange segments, candied walnuts and fresh herbs.  Crisp Parma Ham on the side puts the sizzle into this dish.

Yields : Enough for 5

Ingredients :

1 "La Petite France" Camembert, cut into small cheese wedges

1-2 fresh Oranges, segmented

Fresh Herbs

1 pkt, 70g, Parma Ham, oven roasted or dried

Candied Walnuts

Yields : More than enough. Enough for later eating and enjoyment

Ingredients :

3 cups Walnuts

90ml Honey

15ml Kikkoman Soya Sauce

¼ t Maldon Salt or any good quality salt

¼ t Cinnamon Powder

Method :

1) Cover walnuts with cold water and allow standing overnight

2) Pat dry with paper towelling. Mix honey, soya, salt and cinnamon together. Add this to and over the walnuts

3) Place this walnut mixture onto greaseproof paper onto a tray into a cool oven, 80˚C, until the walnuts are crisp. This should take about 1½ hours, be sure to turn the walnuts around within the pan every now and then

On serving :

Take the Camembert pieces top with an orange segment, candied walnuts and fresh herbs. Finish with crisp Parma ham and accompany with biscuits

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
www.hartford.co.za
jackie@hartford.co.za
+27 33 263 2713

Mini Pavlovas with Fresh Fruit Recipe

Mini Pavlovas and Fruit  Photo : Jackie Cameron

Mini Pavlovas and Fruit
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Mini Pavlovas with Whipped Cream and Fresh Fruit

I am in Pavlova mode - to the point that I've included traditional pavlova on the Hartford House lunch menu. I, however, have added a modern touch to make my recipe a unique variation on a theme. On this occasion I cut up a selection of fresh fruit, whipped the cream and presented the individual mini pavlovas for each guest to fill as they chose. This is home-cooked elegance at its best!

Yields : About 20 mini pavlovas

Ingredients :

4 Egg Whites, room temperature

1 cup Castor Sugar

Method :

1) Start whisking the egg whites. Add castor sugar slowly and whisk until all sugar crystals have dissolved

2) Place meringue mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe small rounds onto greaseproof paper situated on an oven tray. Take the back of a teaspoon-heat slightly in a cup of boiling water. Use the back of the spoon and create a centre dip within the pavlovas

3) Place tray into an oven, 50˚C, for 45 minutes - one hour. Switch the oven off and allow drying within the oven. Keep in mind you want a softish centre with a crisp outside

4) Serve with whipped cream. I do not add any sugar to my cream as I feel the pavlovas are sweet enough. Garnish with beautiful in season fruit and serve. If you have to make the pavlovas up beforehand. Lightly paint the topside of the pavlovas with either white/dark chocolate to prevent the pavlovas from going soft or soggy.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
www.hartford.co.za
jackie@hartford.co.za
+27 33 263 2713