Salmon, potato and mussel salad..and a contribution to pie-ography

Nothing makes a better salad than leftovers.During spring, when all attention is focused on the garden and restoration work on the house, all sorts of salads with leftover meats and fish and vegetables make life so much easier. It is also a time when I stock my pantry heavier than usual with some interesting condiments to add zest to the salads without spending hours in the kitchen in the evenings. It is typically additions like sundried tomatoes, ready made pestos and tapenades, marinated mussels and oysters, canned sardines and anchovies, mackerels, beans and split peas.

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For this easy peezy, light and delicious salad, I used the left over salmon and steamed potatoes from the previous evening’s dinner and turned it into a salad with all sorts of other goodies coming from the pantry and the fridge. I served it with toasted pita bread and  a cream and dill sauce. What can I say…“cetait un régal tout simple”!

Salmon, potato and mussel salad.

  1. Heat some leftover salmon(flaked) and potatoes(cut into chunks). Add some chopped spring onions and a handful of currants.
  2. Arrange a mix of fresh salad leaves and herbs on a large platter.
  3. Sprinkle with nuts and marinated mussels and sliced marinated tomatoes and artichoke hearts.
  4. Make a cream sauce of a finely chopped small shallot, handful of chopped dill, a cup of cream or créme fraîche and a TBS of mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper and a squirt of lemon juice.
  5. Top with the warm(not hot) salmon mix. Sprinkle with chopped dill.
  6. Serve immediately with pita breads or a country bread and some extra sauce on the side.

Une pincée de sel:

  • Use a good mixture of herb salad leaves.
  • Use mushrooms instead of the fish, if you don’t like fish.
  • When using chicken, replace the dill int eh sauce with basil pesto or freshly sliced basil.

A contribution to Pie•ography..

Last year I’ve been asked by the creative Jo Packham, creator of Where women cook, to contribute, along with 38 other women, a recipe to her book, Pie•ography. The project was to create a pie which best described each author and write a short biography along with it. I found it quite a challenge, because talking about myself isn’t something I am comfortable with. Nothing wrong with revealing a little bite here and a little pinch there, but sitting down and directly saying: “..and so, his is who I am…”  – THAT is tough. BUT…I finally got something on paper and created my pie..so I can tap myslef on the shoulder and say ;..“not too bad, Ronelle, not too bad at all..!”

For fun, I listed 30 tongue in cheek- things you don’t know about me. Read at the bottom if you’re interested.

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Thank you to Jo for inviting me to join in..it is a great book and I am honoured to be in the company of highly talented and educated and ambitious women in this book, of whom Jo is of course one. Her creativity is never ending. for me it was a fun and exciting  project to be part of!

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30 things you don’t know about me:

  1. My worst characteristic is impatience.
  2. My best one is enthusiasm.
  3. I can lift my one eyebrow and drop the other at the same time.
  4. My ankles are rather thick
  5. My feet are quite cute.
  6. I used to trust people easily.
  7. I now put my trust rather in animals.
  8. I am impulsive and it gets me into trouble.
  9. I don’t fit into my wedding dress any more, but it doesn’t bother me.
  10. I  don’t fit into my bathing suit and that bothers me.
  11. I still want to do parachute jumping, but I hate flying.
  12. I don’t like sharing the licking bowl when baking.
  13. I hate washing dishes. I also hate stacking the dishwasher. I see no light.
  14. My mom used to say my bladder is situated just under my eyes. It takes very little to make me cry.
  15. I laugh easily and loudly.
  16. I have perfected the puppy eye flutter. Mon chéri is completely defenseless against it.
  17. I hate conflict of any kind.
  18. I don’t believe the truth has to be told at any cost. Sometimes the truth serves no purpose..
  19. I have a great sense of humour. It is my life line.
  20. I love to learn, but I hate to be taught.
  21. I don’t mind making a fool of myself, but I don’t like to be made a fool of by others.
  22. It only takes one glass of wine to have me make a fool of myself.
  23. I  don’t answer a telephone.
  24. I am a coffee snob.
  25. I have two experiences in my past which I can’t forgive and forget. They still influence my self image to this day.
  26. I am a nomad, I have to move on every few years.
  27. Autumn makes me  sad.
  28. When I am upset I get into bed and cover my head.
  29. I am a Leo.
  30. The sun is my oxygen.

You can find the recipe and how I worked my way to it here.

Pi•ography  can be ordered from Amazon.com.

If you want more information, don’t hesitate to contact me(details in my sidebar)

So, until next time…

Amusez vous bien et soyez sage sage!

(Have fun and stay out of trouble!)

Ronelle

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13 responses

  1. This salad looks and sounds amazing! So flavorful and spring.like.

    Congrats on the contributions! That is awesome.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    18/03/2013 at 15:34

  2. Interesting to read those 30 things about you:)
    Loved it..

    What a nice peice on you for the book:)

    You should be in every book:)

    the salad looks so fresh and Spring like..on a tellement de neige ..et d’autre..beaucoup ..demain:(

    The children will picking their Easter treats off snowbanks once again this yr!
    Sympa l’article!

    18/03/2013 at 15:36

  3. Love pies like this and this looks super super delicious.

    18/03/2013 at 16:33

  4. This post is one of the reasons I love visiting your beautiful blog. Your words, your cooking and your thoughts on life. By the way, I hope your elbow is much better. Karen

    18/03/2013 at 16:35

  5. Looks delicious! and congratulations on your article!!!

    We have so much in common, as I read your list! So interesting. I love visiting you here.

    Happy Monday.~~

    18/03/2013 at 21:40

  6. Congratulations, Ronelle! This book has found a perfect contributor in you and your writing and cooking talent. I loved reading your 30 things about you. I found myself in quite a few :)

    19/03/2013 at 03:20

  7. Dear Ronelle,

    I loved this posting–EVERYTHING about the posting, but especially the list of 30. Like the woman above, I see lots of similarities between us.

    I will have to get a copy of Jo’s book. I think my girlfriend Sue Branch might be in it too.

    Wishing you well and a budding spring,

    Sharon

    19/03/2013 at 17:28

  8. Sjoe Ronelle, jou slaaitjie lyk darem verksriklik lekker…die foto is uitstekend! Baie geluk met jou ‘pie’ reseppie in die boek. So trots op jou!!

    20/03/2013 at 00:51

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  10. I love the artful seeming lack of care in the salad. Even throwing things together – you have a natural touch. Congrats on your pie project – you have had a zestful live! And love your honesty as you describe yourself. Happy spring. It’s not spring here but I like to think it is – somewhere.

    21/03/2013 at 14:33

  11. I really identify with your 30 things about you…especially putting your trust in animals. I have just put a post on my blog about my animals and how much I care for and love them. My Mum told me about your blog and I am so glad she did…thank you

    23/03/2013 at 04:22

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  13. I’m so pleased for you, you are what I call a natural cook. I’ve used lots of your Frenchkitchen recipes, as they are easy to make but always so full of flavour. I loved reading the 30 things about you, they paint a picture of you. Even though we’ve never met, I feel I know you. Congratulations, I will put the book on my wish list on Amazon

    10/04/2013 at 18:26

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