Posts Tagged ‘Mackerel’

I’ve decided to go Mediterranean with my eating, and have not had butter nor bread since last Sunday. Not having bread isn’t an issue, but I’m a butter girl, and butter goes so well with bread! Now I have ryvita with avocado and lemon instead. Tonight’s dinner is a two bean and potato salad with a yoghurt, garlic and spring onion dressing, peppered smoked mackerel fillet, with a side salad of tomato, rocket and black olive. Strawberries and melon for after.

I aim to post a weekly food diary on. There’s no easy fix to lose the extra kilos, so I’ll be patient and consistent. Wish me luck!

Pictured is the beginning of my bean/potato salad, and the side salad + the finished meal.

Love, Natasja


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This recipe is inspired by Jamie Oliver. I’ve never made anything like this before, but I just know I’ll love it 🙂 I would serve this as a starter with nice bread and a crisp side salad, or as a snack with toasted naan bread cut into strips. You could even take it to work with you, although mackerel has got a pungent smell.



  • 400 g smoked mackerel
  • 200 g low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • A few dried chili flakes to spice things up a little



Peel the skin off the smoked mackerel and discard. Put the fish in a food processor, breaking it up slightly as you go. Add the cream cheese, the zest and most of the juice of 1 lemon and a few leaves of parsley. Whiz for 20 seconds or so, or until you get a nice creamy pâté. Season to taste, and sprinkle on with some chili flakes.



Natasja x





And as I am often asked to translate the recipes, below you’ll find the Norwegian version.




Denne oppskriften er inspirert av Jamie Oliver. Jeg har aldri lagd paté før, men bare vet at jeg kommer til å like det 🙂 Serveres som forrett med godt brød og en frisk, grønn salat til, som kosemat med ristet og oppskåret naanbrød, eller rett og slett som pålegg.



  • 400 g røkt makrell
  • 200 g cream  cheese
  • 1 sitron
  • Frisk persille
  • Oliven olje
  • Litt tørket chilli



Fjern først fiskeskinnet. Kjør fisk, cream cheese, revet sitronskall og saften av en sitron samt litt finhakket persille i foodprocessor til en fin og jevn røre.

Smak til med tørket chilli, salt og pepper.




Natasja x


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Mackerel is a delicious nutritious fish, with intense creamy meat packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and mackerel pâté is a new house favourite. The recipe is from The Guardian, and I can’t wait to try it!

Serves 4

3 hot smoked mackerel fillets
150g cream cheese
100g crème fraîche or sour cream
3 tsp freshly grated horseradish
Lemon, to squeeze
Small handful of dill, finely chopped

1. Skin the mackerel fillets and check for any bones. Flake three quarters into a food processor with the cheese, sour cream and horseradish and whizz until smooth.

2. Add a good grinding of black pepper, and lemon juice to taste, then fold through the dill and the remaining fish. Serve with rye bread or crisp toast.

** Verdict: A very smooth and creamy pâté, but you will need lots of  freshly ground pepper to lift it. Also fresh dill is a must, which we didn’t manage to find due to late shopping and Easter panic…. I will experiment a bit next time as it lacked depth. Would be nice with a side salad too, not just salad leaves.

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