In place of creme de cassis in the sweet onion jam, you can use a good blackcurrant cordial, such as that made by Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants. Its Irish Blackurrant Cordial is a properly good product; it’s sweetened with a smidgen of plant stevia. Delicious with sparkling water, or try adding a drop to your Christmas bubbly! Mrjeffaresblackcurrants.ie Cover the saucepan and cook the fish for 3-4 minutes, tossing regularly, until it looks opaque and light pink. Take the saucepan off the heat and allow the contents to cool.
In a bowl, cream the 175g (6oz) of softened butter so that its nice and light. Use two forks to shred the chunks of fresh salmon and smoked salmon together, but do try and keep the fish a little coarse. Using a fork (do not use a food processor), add the shredded salmon to the softened butter. Add the chopped fresh marjoram, or fennel or dill, whichever you’re using, along with some sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, the squeeze of lemon juice and the pinch of grated nutmeg. You can serve this straight away on toast, crackers or or place it in the fridge, covered, for up to two days, making sure to take it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before serving.
ANCHOVY AND SESAME SEED STRAWS
Makes approximately 50.
You will need: 225g (8oz) puff pastry — chilled (see Rachel Recommends, right) Egg wash made from 1 beaten egg 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Approximately 24 anchovies My favourite vegetable of all, the potato, is thankfully in season pretty much all year round. One of my favourite ways to enjoy the mighty spud with a little tipple is sliced very thinly and deep-fried into crisps. Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of Keogh’s and O’Donnell’s crisps. Now, I’m delighted to tell you that the crowd at Joe’s Farm Crisps, who’ve been making the delicious beetroot, parsnip and carrot crisps for the last couple of years, have also added potato crisps to their range. Made with purple, blue and white potatoes and sprinkled simply with salt, these crisps are worth hunting out. Available at various SuperValu stores, food shops, delis and selected farmers’ markets. See facebook.com/ joesfarmcrispscork/