Smoked Salmon Kedgeree with Quails Eggs:
I don’t do eggs. Well, actually I do, in omelettes and soufflés, in all sorts of egg-based sauces and in mayo for starters. But I don’t generally like chicken eggs that look like eggs. It’s irrational and I don’t think it has anything to do with the flavour, more to do with a childhood angst that the yellow bit was a fluffy chicken sort of liquidised and packaged in a shell. And perhaps because it was one of the few foods I was forced to eat/try by my parents fairly regularly. Perversely, I do like quail eggs. I think there’s a higher ratio of yolk to white and the white never seems quite so rubbery to me, because the tiny eggs can be cooked much faster
Despite my egg-phobia, I love kedgeree – even the the real McCoy version made with proper smoked haddock and chicken eggs. When I was little I’d pick out the boiled egg bits and usually get made to sit at the table till I ate them all, but now I don’t mind them so much. However, In this case, I happened to have a smoked salmon fillet from delish fish and I wanted to do something a bit special with it. This isn’t sliced smoked salmon, it’s a whole piece of salmon that has been hot smoked and would make a substantial meal for one person. But, treated this way it will stretch to a posh lunch for two or three with no problem. If you can’t find hot smoked salmon fillet, then you would be better using a fresh salmon fillet here than slices of the cold smoked variety. It needs nice flakey chunks of fish.
I am very pleased with this dish – it’s made a fabulous lunch and I think it would also work well served as a dinner party starter in smaller portions. The need for coriander annoys me because it’s one of those herbs I have little success trying to grow and I hate paying for those tiny packets of herbs you get in the supermarket. I don’t believe it would work as well with anything else though you could try using fennel and flat leaved parsley, perhaps adding some crushed coriander seeds to the curry powder at the start.
I think it has quite enough herbs in it to qualify for Herbs on Saturday over at LavenderandLovage so I am sending this to Karen, especially as I won my fish from her blog giveaway!