Smoked Salmon Cannelloni with buttermilk/schnapps foam

Another quick starter, I just love… The airy, creamy filling (mascarpone and whipped cream) works perfectly with the smoked salmon. The buttermilk/schnapps foam just adds another twist. It’s the posh edition of the classic, smoked salmon and cream cheese, combo. Credits go to Bind, for the inspiration.


  • Smoked salmon
  • Mascarpone
  • Whipped cream
  • Mixed fresh herbs (i used: dild and tarragon)
  • Buttermilk
  • Creme fraiche
  • Schnapps

Whip the mascarpone until silky smooth. Whip the cream and fold into the mascarpone (half/half). Chop the herbs and add them to the mix. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Place a slice of salmon on a piece of cleanfilm, add some of the filling and roll it together tightly. Set to cool and firm up, in the fridge.


Combine 1 part buttermilk and 1 part creme fraiche. Add a small amount of schnapps, season with salt and pepper (the buttermilk will provide the acidity). Blitz it all together until you have a nice foam.


Serve and….



scallops on guacamole

Scallops on guacamole

Here is a quick seafood starter for you. Make sure you don’t overpower the scallops by making the guacamole to strong. If you can’t get scallops, king prawns work just as well.


  • Scallops
  • Avocado
  • Finely chopped shallots
  • small pinch of smoked paprika
  • Cumin
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Butter

Mush the avocado together with the shallots, cumin, paprika and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the scallops and fry in oil, adding butter and lemon juice at the end.



Langoustine bisque with monkfish and chervil

Langoustine bisque with monkfish and chervil

New year dinner, course 1:  This is a lovely starter, the langoustine bisque is powerful and creamy while the monkfish is sweet and firm textured. This is also a great way to use your leftover langoustine shells from this dish, Grilled langoustine

Langoustine bisque

  • Langoustine shells
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • White wine
  • Paprika
  • Tomato paste
  • Cognac
  • Double cream
  • Salt & pepper

Preheat a big pot, add oil and langoustine shells and fry for a couple of minutes. add the tomato pate, then add the cognac and flambe. When the flames have gone add the onion, garlic, thyme and paprika and fry for another couple of minutes. now add the white wine and water to cover the shells and let it simmer for about 30 – 45 minutes, removing any gathering froth form the top. Strain the soup and let it reduce by about 1/3. Finally add double cream and season with salt and pepper

Monkfish & Assembly

  • Monkfish
  • Butter
  • Lime juice
  • Chervil

Remove the skin from the monkfish and cut into portion pieces. Season with salt and pepper and fry in butter for a couple of minutes on each side, basting the fish with the cooking juices. Take off the heat and drizzle with lime juice.

Place the monkfish piece in a plate, pour the langoustine around the fish and garnish with lots of chervil.