Monday, June 19, 2017

Excuse Me, But is that Vanilla in Your Salmon?


Yes, you read that right, vanilla and salmon.  Not the first things you think of as a combo, but trust us, together it's amazing. Natasha MacAller, who wrote the cookbook Vanilla Table stopped by Tonia's Kitchen to talk about her recipe for a delicious smoked salmon tartine.  It includes Vanilla of course, along with Goat Cheese and capers.  It's an elegant, yet modern take on classic smoked salmon, with a taste that's deliciously unique  

Vanilla sauce
In a medium bowl, whisk yolks with a pinch of sea salt, lemon juice, vanilla paste and honey until well blended.

Tuck a twisted tea towel around base of bowl to hold it steady. While whisking egg mixture continuously, drizzle oil in a slow, steady stream until sauce begins to come together and thicken. If too thick, whisk in a teaspoon of water until well combined. Alternatively, use a hand-/stick- blender to emulsify the sauce. Cover and chill until ready to use. Herb cheese spread In a small bowl, combine the cheeses, fresh herbs, vanilla seeds and pepper until smooth and creamy. 

Assemble and serve

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4. Split the bread lengthways and brush both sides with olive oil. Toast in oven oiled-side-up until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove and cool. Spread bread with herb cheese spread and arrange on a serving platter. Top with the chopped caramelised onions andsmoked salmon. Drizzle with vanilla sauce. Sprinkle with capers, lemon zest and additional fresh herbs or microgreens. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut into slices.