Tag Archives: cold smoked salmon

Here Comes The Sun

Salmon, egg, and asparagus

Salmon, egg, and asparagus

We’re in the middle of a heatwave. Kind of.

19°C would have my mate in Southern California reaching for an extra sweater, but for Scandinavia in the middle of April it’s positively balmy.

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A Swedish Easter Plate

An Easter plate

An Easter plate – picture courtesy of Beegabild

A Swedish Easter plate, in our family at least, tends to be rather similar to the ones served up at both Midsummer and Christmas, put together from a buffet style spread.

I know what you’re thinking. Smörgåsbord.

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Prosciutto Rolls With Smoked Salmon and Hot Prawn Parcels

Prosciutto rolls with smoked salmon and hot prawn parcels

Prosciutto rolls with smoked salmon and hot prawn parcels

I was on the back-end of a bout of one of those annoying 24 hour long lasting flu-type illnesses that are so prevalent at this time of year.

They sneak up on you, and club you from behind, as unexpected as a shocking circle of mushrooms popping up overnight and unannounced on a previously perfectly pristine lawn.

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Prosciutto, smoked salmon, and poached eggs

Prosciutto, smoked salmon, and poached eggs

Prosciutto, smoked salmon, and poached eggs

As part of my fitness regime, I usually go on 2 bike rides every day.

The first is an early morning run, on week days starting around 5 am, a 12 km. loop around town. By starting out so early not only do I miss out on a great deal of traffic on the city’s cycle paths, I also get to see the city waking up.

I think a city really only tells you who it is before 7 am – thereafter the mask and the make-up goes on, and the city’s real face is hidden behind a façade.

At the weekend, however, my timetable is a bit more forgiving, and so I set off slightly later, and ride further, but at a more genteel pace.

Whereas on a weekday I would snatch a bowl of fruit on my return, come Saturday I like to spend just a little more time, and put together a more substantial plate.

This is one of my favourites, for when I want a little more than plain old bacon.

After a long autumnal bike ride, this really hits the spot, and what’s more it’s ready in under 5 minutes from when you walk in the door…


 

Prosciutto, smoked salmon, and poached eggs

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 3 slices Prosciutto Crudo
  • 3 slices cold smoked salmon
  • 2 medium eggs
  • plenty of black pepper

Method

  • Arrange the prosciutto and the smoked salmon slices on your breakfast plate.
  • Poach your eggs – I use the super fast microwave method, they’re ready in around 90 seconds. Place on the plate.
  • Dose liberally with black pepper. Serve, with a nice mug of green tea.

Homeward bound – Day 2, Sunday 24th. August, 2014

A life on the ocean wave...

A life on the ocean wave…

Due to a potentially unhealthy mix of excitement and nerves, I was awake at 6:00 am – a full 2 hours before the on-board restaurant opened to begin serving breakfast.

Luckily I still had a few pistachios left to fall back on, and so I snacked on them until the time came to go up to deck 8 and get a proper meal inside of me.

As so often happens on a road trip, unless you actually have the capacity to physically carry everything you intend to eat with you, you simply have to be prepared to compromise your purest Paleo principles up to a point.

This was obviously going to be the case here, so I chose the next best option – sticking as closely to the core concepts of Paleo as possible, but avoiding the obvious no-nos such as the juices, dairy, cereals and breads.

This was, however, a Danish boat, and if there is one thing that my Danish cousins excel at, it’s knowing what to do with the flesh of a good pig, and so I was able to assemble a pretty damn fine breakfast plate with various tasty cold cuts, a handsome looking liver pâté, and boiled eggs.

Did I say plate, as in the singular form? My bad. That should read plates – the plural form of the noun, for I returned to the buffet on more than one occasion. Throw in a pot of excellent coffee and a sea view, and I sauntered out of the restaurant a half hour later set up for the day.

Breakfast on-board

Breakfast on-board

Some 3 and a bit hours later, the boat docked, and I strolled through a curiously deserted passport control, and in to the arms of my womenfolk, who, bless them, had made the trip from home to meet me off the boat.

Not only that, but they had also come tooled up with a splendid array of fruit for us to scoff on the train home, as well as a bucketful of walnuts and cashews. Happy days.

Once home, and after a prolonged and rather emotional reunion with the aforementioned feline lunatic (see “Day 1”), we went out on a shopping expedition, and came back with cold smoked salmon.

Add in a bit of lemon, plenty of white pepper, and a few vegetables simply prepared, and you had the makings of a homecoming meal fit to grace anyone’s table.

Homecoming meal - cold smoked salmon

Homecoming meal – cold smoked salmon