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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Crustless Salmon Tartlets

Following on from my Kinvara Smoked Salmon post from last month, here are two more smoked salmon ideas.
Smoked salmon can be turned into easy party/picnic food with the minimum of fuss and these little salmon tartlets can be served hot or cold.

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Crustless Smoked Salmon Tartlets
You can make all sorts of variations of these tartlets. Instead of the salmon you can add green chillies & bacon, or sun dried tomatoes & Gruyere, crab & toasted almonds, ham & Swiss cheese, spicy sausage & mozzarella & olives - the possibilities are endless!

1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup double cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped smoked salmon
2/3 cup cheddar cheese

Heat the oven to 180º and grease a couple of tartlet tins, the ones that have 12 holes in them or you can use muffin tins.

Put the flour, milk, cream and eggs into a large bowl and mix thoroughly together. Add the chives, dill, smoked salmon and cheese and mix well. Put about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the tartlet holes and bake for about 15 minutes or so, until nicely browned and cooked through.

Gravad Lax Flatbreads
I used the Gravad Lax to top some homemade flatbreads. The Gravad Lax comes with it's own packet of dill sauce, to which I added some creme fraiche and dolloped that onto the top of the flatbreads with some rocket leaves. It made a lovely quick lunch!

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

West Dean Chilli Fiesta!

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If you are a chilli lover the West Dean Chilli Fiesta in East Sussex is an event worth visiting. Held over 3 days in August, you can see: over 300 chillies and peppers on display in the glorious glass houses; join the chilli growing and cooking demonstrations; taste all things chilli including chilli ice cream and beer; buy chilli products and plants.

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Our own cherry bomb peppers

Readers of this blog will know by now that we grow our own chillies and have a green house full of different varieties, including the wonderful cherry bomb peppers which are thriving at the moment. I came back from the festival with 2 new chilli plants, a masquerade and a medusa. I also bought chocolates, sauces, smoked chilli flakes and a few other chilli items for my collection. One of my favourite stands was Edible Ornamentals, growers of more than 40 different varieties of chillies - my idea of chilli heaven!

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Edible Ornamentals - beautiful peppers and chillies

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Poblano peppers from Edible Ornamentals

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The huge glass houses at West Dean Gardens, where they grow chillies, tomatoes etc

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Chilli varieties on display

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Plants in the glass houses

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Beautiful gardens at West Dean

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How to look after your plants

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Leave your plants safely in the creche while you enjoy the festival

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Chilli paraphernalia

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Long queues for chilli chocolate ice cream from the delicious Choc Star Van

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Raspberry, white chocolate & chilli truffles from Montezuma's, mmmm...

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One of my new plants - "chilli masquerade"

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