Marinated Salmon and Poached Egg Toast

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Marinated salmon is for me the taste of Christmas, or at least it was until I started making batch after batch of it, becoming almost a permanent fixture in my fridge… perfect on crackers with some cream cheese, love it in a salad with spinach, feta and walnuts and of course as the star ingredient of my very favorite weekend breakfast/brunch, marinated salmon & poached egg toast!

My mum started making marinated salmon as a Christmas treat when we were kids, but funny enough, she used to get the curing salts already made from one particular shop, until one day they had the brilliant idea of changing the formula, ruining our Christmas menu in the process! My mum swore the new salts were not near as good as the originals. So that was that, my mum didn’t dare to try her own concoction and we never saw her beautiful marinated salmon again.

Not too long time ago, I decided I have had enough of missing my beloved marinated salmon, so I decided to take matters into my own hands; after a few trial and error attempts, I found the perfect recipe, and it couldn’t be any easier to make; there is almost not right or wrong when it comes to marinated salmon, it is a matter of taste and discovering what you like.

The curing salts consist of equal parts of salt and sugar, and then any flavoring you dare adding, dill, 4 peppercorn mix, grated beetroot, lemon rind… you name it… the tricky part is to balance the thickness of the salmon fillet, how much weight you put on top of it while curing and for how long you it leave to marinate. To be honest, unless you forget it in the fridge for days it is quite difficult to stuff up, is that easy to make. Use this recipe as a guideline, and then you can adjust it to your liking or the quantity of salmon you are preparing.

Now every weekend can potentially taste like Christmas… yippee!!!

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Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Marinated Salmon and Poached Egg Toast

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 x 250g (8oz) fresh salmon fillets, pin bones removed. Previously frozen and defrosted
  • 4 thick slices crusty or sourdough grainy bread, toasted
  • 4 medium free range eggs, poached to your liking
  • baby spinach, washed
  • homemade aioli
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Curing Mixture
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I used raw sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon salt (I used kosher salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed 4 peppercorn mix (black, white, green & red)

Directions

  1. Mix curing mixture ingredients in a small bowl
  2. Pat dry salmon fillets. Get a big piece of cling film and place it the the kitchen bench. Arrange one piece of salmon, skin side down in one end of the cling film. Cover flesh side evenly with the curing mixture. Cover second piece of salmon (flesh side) with the curing mixture as well
  3. Sandwich salmon fillets (flesh sides touching) and wrap tightly with the cling film. Place in a container and weight fillets down with something flat (like a carton of juice) Place in the fridge and let marinate for 24 hours
  4. Take marinated salmon from the fridge, unwrap and rinse quickly under the running tap. Pat dry with paper towels (try not to remove all the dill) Wrap in clean cling film. Keep in the fridge and slice when needed. Will keep in the fridge for 3 - 4 days
  5. Assemble Toast
  6. Spread a good dollop of aioli on each toast. Top with spinach leaves, thinly sliced marinated salmon, and poached egg. Season with freshly cracked black pepper
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Beef Schnitzels in Sherry and Mushrooms Sauce

Beef Schnitzels in Sherry and Mushroom Sauce

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

I have been craving slow cooked-homely stuff for a while… even if it is soooo hot here NZ at the moment… can’t help feeling like “saucy” dishes, I guess is like tea or coffee for me, I never stop drinking hot tea regardless of the time of the year.

These beef schnitzels (aka – very thinly sliced beef steaks) are easy to make, have a bucket load of mushrooms (and a good slug of beautiful Spanish Sherry for good measure) They cook in less time that the classic beef stew, so you don’t even need to use your slow/ pressure cooker, they can just bubble away on the stove while you prepare the side dishes and set the table. They are perfect served with potato mash, or rice; I served mine with brown Basmati rice, just because I am trying to be the healthiest person around :0) and some green beans, steamed and tossed in a bit of olive oil and garlic.

Oh well, now back to salads for a while! For those of you facing winter blizzards, I suggest you get some of this beef under your belt and warm your soul a little. Enjoy!

Beef Schnitzels in Sherry and Mushroom Sauce

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Beef Schnitzels in Sherry and Mushroom Sauce

Photo by Cristina Gonzalez

Beef Schnitzel in Sherry and Mushroom Sauce

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 500g (1 lb) Beef schitzels
  • salt & pepper
  • flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 300g (10 oz) brown button mushrooms (or white) wiped clean & thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 cup good quality - low sodium beef stock, warmed

Directions

  1. Cut beef schnitzels in half, pat dry with paper towels & season with salt and pepper. Place some flour in a small plate and dredge beef, shaking off excess flour
  2. Heat up olive oil in big frying pan oven medium/high heat. Fry beef schnitzels in 2 batches, placing them in just one layer. Take out to and dinner plate. Reserve
  3. Fry onion in the same pan over medium heat for 5 minutes (add a little water to help scraping the juices stuck in the bottom of the pan) Add garlic, sliced mushrooms & thyme. Cook until mushrooms start to soften. Add sherry and let evaporate slightly
  4. Return beef to the pan, stir in stock. Simmer covered for 35 - 40 minutes or until beef is tender, shaking the pan occasionally
  5. Serve with potato mash or rice and some steamed greens
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