This could also be titled “What’s Great About Mrs P Part 33” but for those here for the food, I’ll save that for later.
What I like to do here where possible is help out the guy who was like me before Mrs P, not much of a cook, but can follow a recipe when he imagines the instructions are like the manual for putting together a TV cabinet. If that sounds like you, give this a run through. You’ve only got to pan fry some hash browns (or put them in the oven, or a toaster) and stick a bunch of ingredients through a blender. Pay a little attention to what you’re doing when putting it all together and you’ve got little bites that looks like a lot of love for minimum effort.
The construction is as follows:
Little blob of cream cheese
Smoked Salmon (cold or hot is fine, but here hot smoked might be better for flake it til you make it)
Drizzle of this vinaigrette:
1 Tbl fresh mint
1/2 cup (olive) oil
2 Tbl cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1 or 2 cloves garlic
1/2 Tbl brown sugar
1/2 tsp mustard
Blend the above with a stick/wand blender, then use a teaspoon to drizzle on top of the potato cake.
This beauty comes from Richard Till. If you ever get a chance to see the TV series Kiwi Kitchen, definitely give it a look. He’s the host and basically embodies NZ folksy charm to a tee. To me this recipe is like three sexy rich sisters, silky cream cheese, smoking salmon, and vixenly vinaigrette. Then there’s the salt of the earth potato cake professional basketballer who married into the family and is the perfect foil for the whole show. But yes, it’s quite richly flavoured, so act accordingly. Also you’ll have spare vinaigrette left afterwards, which will be good for any number of salads.
Serve as the first of three courses in a budding love story.
Oh yeah. Mrs P is awesome. You know what she does while I pretend to slave over a hot stove to make stuff like this? Any number of things to try to make our lives that little bit better. One of those things is entering us into every competition that exists under the sun. That’s what netted us the stick blender in the photo. It was free I tell you, free!