easy like a sunday morning…


there is nothing more decadent than a weekend morning, when you wake early but don’t have to get up. not for ages. and not unless you really want to.

this morning was one of those days - i woke around 7 and there was nowhere that i had to be until early afternoon. how lovely!

yesterday i’d made some peppered mackerel pate and it was this, smeared on toasted baguette and washed down with mugs of tea that kept me company as i read yesterday’s papers and welcomed the day. blissful!

peppered mackerel pate

225g peppered mackerel

zest of 1 lemon

juice of ½ a lemon

3 tablespoons crème fraiche (double cream or sour yoghurt will work just as well).

remove the skin and any excess fat from the mackerel. flake the fish into a bowl, looking out for, and removing, any bones. add the lemon zest and juice and mix together. add the crème fraiche, lightly mashing the mix together, until you get a texture you like.

taste for seasoning (i doubt you’ll need any) and serve with crusty bread, toast, rice-cakes or whatever you fancy. store, covered, in the fridge - it should last a few days.