Thursday, January 21, 2010

smoked mackerel rillettes

Our skis are in for a service otherwise we would have hit the slopes again today, being another perfect blue sky day, so we took ourselves off for a walk instead and who should we meet but our little homunculus friend, Mini-B, coming panting towards us through the meadow. He's reduced to running everywhere now since the ice-cream van broke down at the weekend, when the side door fell off in the middle of the road in spectacular cartoonish fashion and the engine spluttered to a very full stop in a cloud of black noxious smoke. He had to order a taxi yesterday - one of those minibus things with a roof rack for skis - to deliver hay to his animals!

He was in a bit of a state because one of his calves had got her leg stuck in a hole in the cow shed and he needed a hand lifting her out. There was a suggestion that she may have broken her leg, so I declined to go along. I can't bear to see animals suffering, it makes me too sad - as if  someone's dropped a bag of marbles in my heart - but BB reported back that they had successfully lifted her out and put a cast on her leg and she was happily laying back in the hay watching repeats of Emmerdale.

It's quite hard to sex up pulverized soft tissue of mackerel for the camera - but what it lacks in the Top Modèl stakes, this pâté makes up for in robustness. A quick, no-nonsense, Hattie Jacques kind of pâté - and another one from Homes and Gardens.

Serves 6
5-6 smoked, peppered mackerel fillets
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp horseradish sauce
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
handful of fresh parsley, scissor-snipped

Bend the mackerel fillets in half lengthways, skin sides in, bringing the ends together so that the flesh (on the outside) comes away easily from the skin. Discard all skin and pull the fish into chunks. Combine the fish, lemon juice, sauces and snipped parsley in a bowl. Mix, mash and blend roughly, using a fork. Smooth into a 600ml serving dish or 6 individual 100ml dishes. Smooth the top flat and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 4 days. Serve with buttered baguette slices or toasts.


Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow this is looking so Yummy !! I Would surely like to try this some time !!

Anonymous said...

These sure looks yummylious! Have a great weekend!

Hils said...

I love this blog! Very funny too!
Crack on hen! Keep it up!

Dirndle said...

" Someone dropped a bag of marbles into my heart"
Such a wonderful expression for feeling sad!

Anonymous said...

You have a way with words

Joanne said...

Thank you for inviting me to view your blog. It is indeed lovely. Your recipes look delicious and I am going to start making my way backwards to read through what I've missed. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures!

creampuff said...

Oh my gosh, Sarah! This is amazing! I've never heard of mackerel rillettes ... love that you tried it.

poppyseed said...

I agree you have a nice way with words and your pate looks so good in that little jar--it looks like it should be packed for a picnic.

Joanne said...

Sara, our blogs are officially linked, I had to create a link column on mine as yours is the first of such an adventure. Thank you!
Bella Nonna