One of the cookbooks I squeezed into my hand luggage coming home from Hobart recently was this one.
Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter
Flicking through the cookbook later that day, I became aware of who Lisa Faulkner actually was - the winner of British Celebrity Master Chef. To be honest, if I'd known this before purchasing it I probably would have left it behind.
I'm so very glad I didn't.
I'm loving this cookbook. Filled with everyday recipes that make my mouth water, and the recipes I've tried so far have been absolute perfection. Like this little recipe which was part of our entree for my mum's Mothers Day lunch last Sunday.....
Smoked Salmon Pate
200g smoked salmon, cut into pieces
50g unsalted butter, softened
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp double cream
a pinch of cayenne pepper
small handful of freshly chopped chives
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put the salmon pieces and the butter in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Add the lemon juice to taste, followed by the cream, cayenne pepper and chives.
Check the seasoning and divide the pate between 4 ramekin dishes. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm.
Soooooo so good! It's light, subtle and almost a little fluffy. Like eating fluffy clouds (if clouds tasted like smoked salmon).
I served with little home-made Melba toasts.