Saturday lunch in the garden

In the warmer months we like to have Saturday lunch in the garden, under the shade of our olive tree.  With a red and white check tablecloth and a bottle of chilled Sauvignon Blanc, you can almost imagine you’re in a little bistro in the south of France.

When you have time it’s nice to have something a bit more exotic for lunch than the usual weekday sandwich, so today I made some potato cakes and served them with smoked salmon and a mustard sauce.

Smoked Salmon with Potato Cakes, Mustard Sauce and Chives

4 medium to large potatoes
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs plain flour
1 egg
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 or 8 slices smoked salmon (depending on appetite!)
1-2 Tbs snipped chives or dill
50g butter
2 Tbs olive oil
Mustard Sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp hot English mustard
3 tsp grainy mustard
1 tsp honey (optional)

Coarsely grate potatoes, place them in a sieve and sprinkle with salt.  Leave for 20 minutes or so, mixing with your hand from time to time.  Place potatoes in a clean tea towel then use it to squeeze out as much liquid as you can.  In a bowl mix potatoes with flour, egg and pepper. In another small dish, mix all the ingredients for the sauce together.

Heat half the oil with half the butter in a large frying pan.  Use about half the potato mixture to make four pancakes.  Cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden brown and cooked through.  Drain on paper towels.  Heat remaining butter and oil and repeat with the rest of the mixture to make another 4 pancakes.  Place two pancakes on each of four plates, slightly overlapping.  Top with smoked salmon, folded decoratively into the rough shape of a rose and concealing any darker parts underneath.  Top with a dollop of sauce and sprinkle with chives or dill.

Serves 4

3 thoughts on “Saturday lunch in the garden

  1. How could you do this to me!!! I’m having a colonoscopy on Monday and having to deprive myself of anything worth eating until then. Have been trying to distract myself from the thought of food and …. what do you do .. send me another of your no doubt scrumptious delights. I am salivating at the thought and will certainly try the recipe AFTER MONDAY!! A picture of it would have been nice, but on second thoughts that would just make the agony worse.

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