I think it must be a common family scenario, but I’m not sure?
Location: A suburban family kitchen. Time: 5pm, any day of the week. The pantry door swings open and shut several times; a low groan is emitted from a junior family member, quickly followed by a, “There’s nothing to eat,” kind of mantra. As the cook of the house, my first reaction, to hearing this mantra, is to ignore it and keep working. I find that is best.
But as each family member wanders into the kitchen, clearly starving and desperate for a crumb of sustenance after a long day at work, my resolve wavers. Collectively, their next move is to inspect the pantry, a second time, with the due diligence of police detectives at a crime scene, and it is then they hit me with the ‘kicker’, that eternal question, the one that makes me inwardly cringe………..
“What’s for dinner, Mum?”
And it is not only them. So attuned to hearing the ‘What’s for dinner?’ mantra, the canine members of my family become edgy at this hour too, and begin to pace up and down at the kitchen entrance, chiming in, in their own special way, to pressure me for food.
It is at this point, I have to steel myself and feign deafness, [clearly unsuccessfully], as I am always asked a second time, a little more urgently, “Hey, Mum. What’s for dinner?”
“Salmon,” I have to say, on this particular day, albeit through slightly gritted teeth, to which the response is anything from a contorted grimace, (coming from the fish-hating child), to unenthusiastic moans/yawns from the adolescent man-child/children.
It may be the ‘Steak and three veg’ of the hipster movement, and it’s almost certainly still a popular dinner for both the weight-conscious and the seafood lovers of the world, but in my family, salmon is, ostensibly, boring and unappetizing, for dinner. [I can’t understand this, myself.] Now, thanks to a dear friend sharing her treasured family recipe with me, I can serve a seriously good Salmon Pie, that effectively nips the ‘What’s for Dinner’ groans, in the bud.
I hope you feel tempted to try it for yourself. It may just be something you ponder about for dinner.
[Salmon is considered by some to one of the world’s healthiest foods, and contains Vitamin B12, D, Niacin, Omega -3 fatty acids, Phosphorus and Vitamin B6]
To make the Pie Crust:
1 and 1/2 cups of Plain All Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1 cup Grated Cheese (I use tasty)
125 g Butter
Rub butter into flour, until it is well mixed. It should still be crumbly at this point, not mixed up together into a dough*
*[A food processor is the easiest way to do this, especially if the butter has not yet softened].
Press 3/4 of this mix into a greased pie dish with your fingers, to form the base and sides of the pie. Reserve the remaining 1/4 of the mix for the topping.
220 grams Salmon (flaked and boned)
I Onion, finely chopped
375 g Sour Cream
1/2 cup Grated Cheese
2 drops Tabasco Sauce (optional)
Combine all the filling ingredients together in a large bowl and pour on top of the base.
Crumble the remaining 1/4 of the pie crust mix over the pie filling.
Bake for 40 – 50 minutes at 180° Celsius or until slightly browned.
Allow to cool and serve warm with a Garden/Greek salad or cold.
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