Home Cured Salmon, Beets, Horseradish Mascarpone & Fennel >>
500g x fresh salmon (skinned and de-boned)
2 x lemons
3 x shallots
4 x cloves garlic
1 x bunch dill
1 x bunch parsley
30g x caster sugar
40g Maldon sea salt
Zest the lemons, peel and slice shallots and garlic. Pick the herbs (save a little for garnish). Grind aromats in a pestle and mortar. Combine all ingredients and divide into two. Evenly rub on to each side of salmon. Place in a tray and refrigerate for approximately three days.
After three days, wash under cold water and dry. It is now ready to slice.
Beetroot & fennel…
4 x baby beets
4 x baby golden beets
1 x fennel
Place the beets in separate pans, cover with cold water, add a touch of salt and a splash of white wine vinegar. Gently simmer until cooked through, then let them cool. Peel off the skin and slice into portions. Slice the fennel very thinly. In a pan, add equal amounts of white wine vinegar, sugar and water. Add the fennel and simmer for five minutes. Cool. The fennel is now pickled.
250g x mascarpone
4 x tbsp horseradish sauce
In a bowl, combine mascarpone and horseradish. Pass through a fine sieve.
Arrange all ingredients on a plate (as artistically as possible), garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!
WINE PAIRINGS >>
Alvarinho (Vila Nova), Vinho Verde, Portugal 2017
This wine is from northern Portugal, about 45 minutes’ drive from Porto and an hour from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Winds from the Atlantic help cool the grapes in the vineyards, protecting them from the intense heat helping to create this fresh, clean wine with a salty mineral note but dominated by citrus fruits. Great wine for a summer’s day.
Pouilly-Fumé (Domaines de Ladoucette), Loire Valley, France 2017
(100% Sauvignon Blanc)
Since the 18th Century the Comtes Lafond family have been making wine in the Loire Valley. Continuing the legacy, and still creating world famous wines, is great grandson, Baron Patrick Ladoucette. This wine has flavours of apple and lime with a classic flint note as you would expect from the region. A fantastic example of wine from the Pouilly Region.
Condrieu (Domaine Louis Clerc), Rhône, France 2016
This wine is from the Northern Rhône. Under the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Côntrolée), the only white grape permitted in this area is Viognier, in the same way as Chardonnay is to Chablis or Sauvignon Blanc is to Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé. The wine has floral notes with flavours of apple and apricots with an almost olive oil smoothness to finish. An overlooked region that offers amazing wines and soon to be the next big thing.