Smoked Trout and Coconut Salad

‘Hot sun beating down, making you sweat’

Yes Phil, this is how it was in Melbourne’s summer, all you want to eat are fresh salads and cold food. I remember making Bolognese with an ice lolly in my mouth and the very prudent nights, sleeping as far apart as possible so as to escape from any additional body heat.

I can’t bring myself to participate with complaints with the lady in the supermarket or the man in the coffee shop as being from the UK, I feel as though I must cherish every moment. I admit my relief though coming into autumn in Melbourne. Getting out the cardies, donning the woolens…feeling more at home.

The kind of food I really like to cook is winter food, big pots of slow cooked meat, curries, bolognese, steamed puddings – it feels as though this is the time to cook. In the summer you don’t really want to be slaving over a hot stove but enjoying cooking outdoors or using the bountiful, fresh ingredients as simplistically as possible. I miss all the summer fruits but then enjoy cooking with the winter offerings.

Son't forget crispy shallots!Anyway this recipe goes out to all the people back home, as you are coming into summer. I hope you enjoy – please let me know your thoughts if you give it a go. I tried making dosai, which went disastrously…so stuck to trusty pancake batter, which still tasted nice with the salad. Next time I’d probably pair it with flat-breads.

Smoked Trout Salad with Pancakes

This recipe is adapted from ‘Gourmet Feast’ magazine.

Ingredients – Serves 4

  • 3 smoked trout fillets, coarsely flakes
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 25g shredded coconut
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve
  • Juice of 1.5 limes (I only had lemons, which were fine – limes preferable though)

Combine everything together and season with salt and pepper. Serve with whatever you fancy, my yoghurt flat-bread recipe will be coming soon – or make pancakes as I did here.Salad in pancakes



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