A once aspiring domestic goddess, but now a flustered mum that creates the odd flash of cosy domesticity, though progress on that front is being hampered by two growing children, two West Highland Terriers, one better half and the small but not insignificant detail that I have to work for a living. Why not sit down and have a cuppa whilst I share with you my latest cooking exploits and random musings?
Lola and Finn's Mum
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Something to make ryvita taste good - Smoked Mackerel Pate
...although, it has to be said that ryvita doesn't resemble the cardboard I remember having when I first tasted it many years ago. But, for me, it does need help and pate is my rescuer of choice. I spent a lot of the summer polishing off the wild mushroom pate I brought back from France with me, and it tasted really good on ryvita crackers which by their very consumption meant that in my own mindIkidded myself I was being virtuous in my choice of 'light lunch'
Well, sadly, the mushroom pate is long gone, but I had a whole pack of the aforementioned crackers and nothing left to adorn them with. It was at this point I remembered the recipe for mackerel pate that I had in one of my cookbooks somewhere. For some reason I had convinced myself it was Jill Dupleix, but once I had bought the ingredients (simple shopping list to remember without seeing the recipe - packet of smoked mackerel fillets plus a tub of quark) a trawl through her books revealed nothing, which unhelpfully makes me doubt my sanity. Luckily, a google trawl turned up this Waitrose recipe which you see below. It's not the first time that Waitrose has rescued me gastronomically in my hour of need, though usually it's through the supply of good wine and nice cheese rather than an emergency recipe, but there you go. Life is unpredictable.
If you like mackerel (which I do; not least for their stupidity to jump into the back of our boat after 'falling for the bits of silver wrapper on the end of a fishing line' trick, meaning that in the past I have had a good portion of the freezer full of them) then you will like this. It's tasty, creamy but still with the oily density of mackerel. And it's filling too. And it likes ryvita. We're all happy.