Pickled herring with roast beets
At weekends I like to go to my local farmers’ market and head straight to the fish stand. I know exactly where the produce has come from, and it seems to cost half the amount of the fishmonger. My four-year-old begs us for the rollmops when we visit – she calls them ‘the sugar fish’ because of their sweet cure, and devours them. They add a delicious pickled note to this earthy beet salad.
And for the rest of the week
The same dressing can be used for the warm rice salad to serve alongside the rollmops and beets. Combine long-grain brown rice with a wild nutty rice and mix in small, sautéed currants, large handfuls of chopped dill and toasted sunflower seeds. If you want to make this dish veggie, leave out the rollmops and dot with clusters of crumbled goat’s cheese, feta or even spoonfuls of a young cow’s curd.