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Category Archives: Pasta

Hot Smoked Salmon, Pappardelle and Garden Greens Salad

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Another find at the wonderful Orange Grove Markets in Lilyfield – the hot smoked salmon stall selling salmon smoked on the stall as you watch! The salmon has a delicious, deeply woody flavour, and is succulent and moist. They also sell olives and smoked prawns and mussels.

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I made a lovely simple pasta salad with the salmon fillet and fresh spring salad ingredients.

I combined the flaked salmon fillet with pappardelle, cherry tomatoes on the vine (also from the markets) and a handful of a garden greens from my own garden. I gathered English spinach leaves, wild rocket, radicchio and chives. Sea salt, black pepper and a good drizzle of olive oil was the only dressing necessary as the smoky salmon has such a rich flavour.

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Rocket and Pecan Pesto Spaghetti with Avocado

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The theme is green: I needed an antidote to the “white” food I have been making…so much cake…

A simple dish that can be thrown together in minutes. The rocket and pecan pesto is lovely over any pasta, and is also great with some ricotta or yoghurt stirred through as a dip or on bruschetta.

Pesto and Pasta

Put  a couple of garlic cloves into the bowl of a food processor, with a good handful of pecans. Blitz until roughly processed. Add a cup or of rocket, blitz again.

Add a tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive oil, blitz briefly, then add a handful of pecorino cheese. Check for flavour, and add ground rock salt. Continue to dribble in the olive oil, until the pesto is of a loose consistency so that it can be swirled through pasta.

Spoon over spaghetti or any pasta of choice. Add half a sliced avocado. I love Shepard avocados for their delicate flavour. The avocado can be gently mixed in to the pasta as you eat, adding a creamy texture.

Serve with shaved pecorino, E.V. olive oil, a few basil leaves and plenty of ground black pepper.

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