The Christmas Starter

Smoked Trout & Avocado recipe

There’s a touch of vintage to day ten of the Christmas Countdown. 

If you want a nod to the 70’s you could fill the centre of this ring -when you have turned it out-. with good old Prawn Cocktail. This would make a substantial starter, or a fishy addition to the Boxing day Buffet. You could even serve Melba toast as an accompaniment.

For myself, I would fill the centre with some fresh leafy shoots & herbs, in a light lemon dressing.

This recipe can be make a couple of days ahead & kept, covered in the fridge. When the time comes to serve,  dip the mould in hot watet for a few seconds, place a plate on the mould & quickly turn over, to release. Place back in the fridge, until ready to decorate & serve.

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Smoked Trout & Avocado

Smoked Trout & Avocado ring.

Serves 6.  G/F, V.  Allergens:  Dairy, Fish      Equipment: 800ml ring mould

Time taken:  45 mins + chilling time 

INGREDIENTS 

200g Pack Smoked Trout         

2. Ready to eat Avocado’s  Peeled & chopped 

Fresh Dill to decorate

225g Mascapone Cheese

225g Greek Yoghurt

1/2 level tspn salt

White pepper

1 Tbspn Creamed Horseradish

150ml Cold Water

15g powdered gelatine (Vegetarian)

METHOD

Measure the cold water into a small saucepan, add the salt & sprinkle over the gelatine. Allow to soak for 5mins, & heat gently, stiring, until the gelatine has dissolved. DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL Remove from the heat & allow to cool.

Rinse out the rind mould with cold water & line,  with the smoked trout slices.

Place the Mascapone, 1/2 the yoghurt, horseradish & pepper to taste into a bowl & mix well to blend.

Stir in the cold gelatine & chopped avocado & gently fold in the remaining yoghurt.

Spoon the mixture into the fish lined mould. Cover with cling film & place in the fridge until set.

When ready to serve, turn out, see above. Decorate & serve.

Variations: 

Substitute the trout, for thinly sliced parma ham, & the avocado for diced sundried tomatoes & olives.  Fill the centre with rocket leaves, dressed in olive oil & shaved parmesan.

For a vegan option. Line the mould with thinly sliced cucumber. Replace the cheese & yoghurt with vegan substitutes.

I am sure you can all get your creative caps on & experiment with many different variations on the above recipe.

That all for today. As always, if you have any questions about your festive cookery. Please ask, by leaving a comment in the box below. I will answer tomorrow.

Have a great evening.

Low Fodmap diet, Food avoidance

The low FodMap diet & food avoidance. To be honest this is quite a mine field, as the foods which cause problems in some of us, may not cause discomfort in others.  I have also found, I may be able to eat some foods for a period of time & then POW it comes back & bites me on the bum, quite literally, well not bites, but causes my rear end & tum great discomfort.

For instance, take the luscious avocado, one of the foods the Low FodMap diet suggests one avoids, or at least, consumes only a small amount. [1/4 is recommended]. For years I have happily eaten these, without any ill effects, whole avocados, not just a quarter, but recently my gut is saying NO.  Who knows, in a few weeks, I may be able to tolerate them again, but for the time being, I shall live without one of my favourite foods. As I have mentioned before, this diet is a process of elimination, with nothing appearing to be a constant.

Onions are another food avoidance which the Low FodMap diet pin points. I, personally found brown onions were very problem causing, along with garlic. However, after experimenting, red onions, being milder in taste, proved to be OK causing me no IBS symptoms. Onions & garlic along with chives & leeks belong to the Lily family & are noted for the sulphur compounds they contain.  These vegetables become sweeter when they are cooked. I have not been able to find a garlic substitute, as yet, but in my recipe below, adding some well chosen spices give a tasty kick to a simple soup.

Below is my recipe for a lovely green soup, with a good depth of flavour. The soup can be served hot, but is equally flavoursome served cold. If you can tolerate dairy, stir in a spoonful of natural Greek Yoghurt & decorate with chives.   Enjoy.

Potato & Spinach Soup.  Gluten Free, Dairy Free. V. Low Fodmap.  Serves 4.

2. Tbspns Rapeseed Oil

1, Red Onion, peeled & finely chopped.

1 Stick of Celery, finely sliced.

Carrot, chopped

1 Red Chilli, Chopped

250g Bag Fresh Spinach, Washed

1 Tspn Fenugreek seeds

1 Tspn Ground Corriander

Seasoning.

1/2 Tspn Fresh Grated Nutmeg

1.5 Ltrs Homemade Veg Stock.   (If using a commercial stock cube of powder make sure it does not contain powdered onion or garlic).

METHOD.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the veg, except the spinach & cook covered, until the veg is soft. about 10mins.

Add the Fenugreek & Corriander, fry, uncovered for a further 5 mins.

Add the spinach & pour over the stock. Bring to the boil & simmer for 30 mins or until the veg are tender.  Blitz with a hand blender, add nutmeg & adjust seasoning.

Serve with some homemade Rye & Spelt rolls, sprinkled with Linseeds.

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Home made Low Gluten Spelt & Rye Rolls

Thank you for reading. In my next blog I will be exploring homemade V processed foods in a Low FodMap diet.