What is the point in a load of great kitchen utensils, tools and gadgets if you are not inspired to get creative in the kitchen? With that in mind, here in My Shiny Kitchen we will bring you a random collection of simple recipes, whenever this Kitchen Goddess has got creative herself.
Well since lunch was a stunning attempt to use up some left over Christmas smoked salmon here is our first speedy recipe:
Smoked Salmon Tagliatelle Recipe
Now as will always be the case in my kitchen, quantities and ingredients are highly negotiable. Add or subtract as you see fit and create your own tasty treats!
My ingredients (to serve just the two of us a not insubstantial lunch) were as follows:
- Around 200g dried tagliatelle
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- A pinch of crushed chilli
- Lots of freshly milled black pepper
- A dessertspoon or two of olive oil
- Juice and zest of half a lemon
- A tablespoon of capers roughly chopped
- A hand-full of leftover smoked salmon finely shredded
- 2 dessertspoons of cream cheese
To create what was a surprisingly tasty lunch-time treat was extremely simple:
- Pop the pasta into a pan of boiling water, and cook till to your liking
- Whilst the pasta is bubbling away get on with the “sauce” (I use the term very loosely indeed). Lightly whisk the egg yolk with the garlic, lemon zest, chilli flakes and plenty of pepper. Now whisk in the olive oil a few drops at a time, as for mayonnaise but being less fussy. Squeeze in the lemon juice and mix in the capers and smoked salmon, reserving a few slivers for decorative purposes.
- Once the pasta is done, drain it well and mix your sauce into it until it is coated throughout.
- Plate up and top with a spoon full of cream cheese and a sprinkling more of dried chilli flakes and/or black pepper, along with the final slivers of smoked salmon.
This really was a treat, but used very little as a tiny bit of smoked salmon goes a long long way in terms of flavor.