7 December 2018

Serendipity and Salmon



This morning we popped into Laura Ashley and asked for a wallpaper swatch of the Birds of Paradise design.  The nice young man gave us a very generous sample.  I was chuffed to pieces when we got home and discovered that not only was the colour match perfect but there was enough in the swatch to cover the gap (including pattern match!).

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Earlier in the week I made a really tasty carrot and apple soup, and a pork and apple casserole for supper.  When I found some puff pastry in the fridge that needed using up I decided it wouldn’t be fair to Paul to make an apple pie.  So I decided to make salmon en croute.

The recipe sounded really easy.  Just put the salmon, red peppers and herbs in the centre of the rolled out pastry and plait the cut pieces. What could go wrong?



I didn’t roll the pastry out thin enough, couldn’t figure out how to plait it and the whole thing looked like a pregnant armadillo.  The salmon was cooked okay inside but the pastry was a bit undercooked. I should have stuck with apple pie.
 


27 comments:

  1. I like your pregnant armadillo. At first I thought it could be a pine cone that went to sleep.

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  2. So, are you able to fill in that gap with the free sample he sent you with? (or maybe it wasn't free). Either way, that's great that it matched well. The salmon doesn't look so bad, maybe a bit like a mummy? -Jenn

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    1. Just need to buy some wallpaper paste now. Yes, the sample was free!

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  3. It all looks a bit fancy to me. I would have cooked the salmon in a loose piece of foil. I am not sure what I would have done with the pastry that needed using up, probably given it to the birds on a separate plate. as a separate meal.

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    1. I normally just cook salmon very simply but decided to be adventurous. Doh!

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  4. I love a freebie! You've got some good variations on your apple diet this week. Your en croute looks a bit sausage roll-y, always a favourite here. Doing tricksy things with pastry never works in this household, I only ever wrap things up like a papoose.

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    1. The recipe sounded so simple but there weren't any illustrations.

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  5. We all have to learn from our mistakes. Why not have another go at salmon-en-croute next week?

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    1. No, I'm staying well away from the croute in future.

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  6. It looks good to me. Whenever I make a culinary mistake (not that often, thankfully), I always say IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THAT.

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    1. My family are used to my culinary disasters, I can't fool them.

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  7. It looks fine, just like a real Lincolnshire Armadillo.

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    1. This is true, there is a distinct resemblance.

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  8. Rather like the image of a pregnant armadillo - although not sure what it would taste like. The finished product looks delicious - and the soup sounds good too.

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    1. The salmon was a Mary Berry recipe, I don't think she would have approved of my version.

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  9. Well I think it looks great and the only complaint was it needed to cook a bit longer to get the perfect pastry ? I’ve seen a recipe on Facebook like that and often thought I’d like to try it. Problem is Tony doesn’t eat sea food so I never bother just for me.
    Well done with the wallpaper.

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    1. I found it all a bit tasteless, I shan't do it again.

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  10. Actually I don't think salmon and pastry go together anyway.

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  11. I've three rolls of frozen pastry in the freezer that I suspect will stay there til we move. Your uncooked photo reminds me of when I was scared whitless by viewing 'Meet the Mummy' when I was six.

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    1. It was definitely nothing like a neat plait. Are you moving soon?

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  12. Have you tried spreading some Hoisin sauce on top of pieces of salmon, then cover with " lemon and pepper" breadcrumbs ( I buy them at Waitrose) In oven for 12 mins.....delicious!

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    1. Sounds good, I'll have to give it a try.

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