Smoked salmon soup recipes for winter

 

Smoked salmon soups are delicious and healthy
Smoked salmon soups are delicious and healthy

It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s January.

 

These three things in themselves are enough to make you want to shut yourself away until at least February.

 

Although Coln Valley is very much a believer in the fact that it’s the small things that count, so in that spirit we thought we’d offer you something that deals with all three: smoke salmon soup recipes.

 

“How’s that, then?”, we hear you ask.

 

Well, firstly, when it’s cold and wet, people tend to seek solace in soup. Secondly, as it’s January (and after all that Christmas indulgence), people often gravitate towards healthy eating in order to shift some of that Christmas excess. So, here are some tasty soup recipes that allow you to eat healthily – and enjoyably – whilst in a period of semi-hibernation.

 

Not only that but smoked salmon soup, for many, isn’t a natural choice of soup, so here’s our effort to bring it up to the top of the menu.

 

  1. Smoked salmon, leek and potato soup

 

Yes, it’s as simple as adding smoked salmon to an established and much-loved soup. However, the addition of the smoked salmon really does add another dimension to this UK favourite.

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

 

125g pack of Coln Valley Smoked Salmon, cut into small pieces

1 x medium knob of butter

1 x large leek, halved and thinly sliced

1 x bay leaf

500g potatoes

500ml stock (either vegetable or chicken)

50ml double cream

1 x handful of chives, chopped

 

Method

 

Heat the butter in a pan and add the bay leaf and the sliced leeks before cooking, on a low heat, until soft. Add the potatoes, making sure that they have a good coating of the butter.

 

Pour the stock and cream over the mixture and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Add the majority of the smoked salmon, saving a little to sprinkle on top, and stir through before serving up in bowls and adding the chives and the remaining salmon on top.

 

 

  1. Hot smoked salmon chowder

 

This possibly isn’t the leanest smoked salmon soup recipe you’ll find, but it’s arguably one of the most delicious.

 

Serves 5 – 6

 

Ingredients

 

2 x 160g packs of Coln Valley’s Kiln Roasted Salmon

3 x large knobs of butter

1 x large onion (chopped)

5 x carrots, peeled and diced

3 x celery stalks, sliced

250ml white wine

6 potatoes, diced

1 x tablespoon of thyme

600ml stock (chicken or vegetable)

500ml milk

1 x tablespoon of flour

300ml cream

 

Method

 

Melt the butter over a medium heat before adding the carrots, celery and onion and cook until soft. Then add the wine for 30 seconds before adding the potatoes, thyme and half the stock. Gently boil until the potatoes are tender and then whisk the milk and flour in. Add another cup of broth and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

 

Add the hot smoked salmon and cream a minute or so before serving. Taste, season and enjoy.

 

  1. Creamy salmon and cashew nut soup

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

 

250g pack of Coln Valley Smoked Salmon

200g cashew nuts (unsalted)

500g sweet potatoes, chopped into small cubes

100g tomato puree

800ml water

3 x cubes of chicken stock

1 x shallot, finely chopped

 

Method

 

Blend the cashew nuts and add the water to form a paste.

 

Add sweet potatoes, tomato puree, chicken stock cubes and cook in a pan for 20 minutes.

 

Just before serving, add the smoked salmon and stir for a few minutes before serving up in bowls. Garnish with the shallot.

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Smoked salmon Christmas breakfasts

 

It's Christmas... so here are three smoked salmon Christmas breakfast recipe options.
It’s Christmas… so here are three smoked salmon Christmas breakfast recipe options.

Yes, breakfasts and not breakfast. We’re not advocating you eat more than one breakfast, of course. We just want to provide you with Christmas smoked salmon breakfast recipe options (three in fact) to make sure that the annual Christmas breakfast a) isn’t a damp squib, b) suitably impresses and c) sets the tone for the day ahead.

 

These three options range from the much-loved smoked salmon with scrambled eggs to something a little more adventurous.

In order to buy smoked salmon for Christmas, or if you’re looking to send smoked salmon as a gift, then you need to make sure you placed your online order by 20 December.

 

Option 1: Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs

 

This familiar smoked salmon recipe from Jamie Oliver ticks a number of boxes. It’s easy to make, it looks and tastes fantastic and, let’s face it, readies the stomach for the festive tipple, which, for many, also starts at breakfast!

We’ve based all these recipes on four people, however halving, doubling or even tripling shouldn’t prove too tricky to work out.
Ingredients

 

  • 60g butter (for cooking – use extra for spreading if required)
  • 12 large free range eggs
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • 8 slices of Coln Valley Smoked Salmon (we would advise buying our 454g pack of Classic Smoked salmon
  • 2 lemons (each quartered)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Sea salt

 

Method

 

Place the bread in a toaster and then whisk the eggs in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. When melted add the eggs and stir continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula, making sure that no part of the egg gets stuck in the same place for too long. Take off the heat when the egg is still smooth and runny. Place the toast on plates and share the egg out evenly over the toast before laying two slices of Coln Valley smoked salmon over the eggs. Add lots of black pepper and one lemon wedge before serving.

 

Option 2: Eggs benedict with Coln Valley Smoked Salmon & chives

 

If you’ve accepted that Christmas Day is going to be one, long indulgence, then why not start as you mean to go on. Although it’s slightly more involved than option 1, it will certainly impress your guests.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 4 eggs
  • 8 slices of Coln Valley Smoked Salmon (we would advise buying our 454g pack of Classic Smoked Salmon)
  • 2 muffins (halved)
  • Knob of butter for spreading (if required)
  • Chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar

 

For the sauce

  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100g butter

 

Method

 

Start with the sauce. Add the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl before adding the yolks. Whisk until frothy. Then place the bowl over a pan of gently boiling water and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken up. As it does, add the butter until fully combined and then take off the heat.

 

Poach the eggs by boiling water in a pan, add the vinegar, stir they water until you have a whirlpool then add the eggs one by one. Cook for a few minutes before removing with a slotted spoon.

Toast the muffin halves before adding two slices of smoked salmon on each. Add a poached egg on top, pour a spoonful of sauce over the top of that and then garnish with the chopped chives.

 

Option 3: Avocado on toast with smoked salmon

 

This is a nice, healthy option to offset what’s to come.

The inclusion of rye bread also makes it really filling; it may even tide you over until Christmas lunch!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 4 tablespoons of natural yoghurt
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 slices of rye bread
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 150g Coln Valley Smoked Salmon (our 200g pack of Classic Smoked Salmon will do nicely – and leave you with some leftover)
  • ½ a cucumber – ribboned

 

For the dressing:

  • 1 x red chilli, seeded and sliced
  • 2 x tablespoon of finely chopped mint
  • 1 x lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 2 x tomatoes (finely diced)
  • 2 x teaspoons of white wine vinegar

 

Method

Mix all dressing ingredients together.

Halve the avocadoes, remove the stones and scoop the flesh into a bowl before adding the lemon juice and yoghurt. Add salt and pepper and then mash up.

Divide the avocado mixture between the four slices of bread, sprinkle some cayenne pepper on top before adding a couple of slices of smoked salmon. Finally, spoon over the dressing and then enjoy.

 

What will you be eating this Christmas? Let us know via our Facebook page.

Smoked salmon cupcakes (because cupcakes don’t need to be full of sugar)

Coln Valley's selection of smoked and cured fish products
A selection of Coln Valley products perfect for making smoked salmon cupcakes

After reading this headline you’re probably thinking about that famous garlic bread sketch by Peter Kay.

 

It is true that cupcakes aren’t the first thing that most people would think about after hearing the words ‘smoked salmon’, and vice versa. In fact, most people would think buttercream, chocolate and basically anything sweet!

 

However, with National Cupcake Week on the horizon (18 – 24 September), we thought that providing a selection of smoked salmon recipes with a twist would be a nice way to celebrate the national event.

 

Here are three recipes that we think are worthy of this unusual union – and that taste particularly delicious.

 

Smoked salmon and dill cupcake

 

Serves 24

 

Ingredients

 

For the cakes…

 

200g pack of Coln Valley’s Traditional Smoked Salmon

500g self-raising flour

1 x teaspoon of Paprika

12 x tablespoons sunflower oil

300ml natural yoghurt

250ml milk

2 x eggs

1 x tablespoon of dried dill

 

For the topping…

 

100g pack of Coln Valley’s Traditional Smoked Salmon

300g of cream cheese

Lemon zest on 1 x lemon

Dill sprigs

 

Method

 

Heat an oven to 180°C and line two cupcake trays with 24 cupcake cases.

 

Mix the paprika and flour in a large mixing bowl before beating together the eggs, milk, yoghurt and oil in a separate bowl. When mixed nicely, beat thoroughly into the flour and paprika mixture.

 

Divide the mixture between the cases and bake until firm and golden. Take out to cool.

 

Finish the cakes by blending the cream cheese, remaining smoked salmon and lemon zest. Dress the cake – either using a piping bag or a spoon depending on your presentation style – with the mixture and finish with a tiny sprig on each cake.

 

Gravadlax cupcakes

 

Serves 24

 

We love this recipe, and as Coln Valley has become well known for its interesting gravadlax flavours you can take your pick as to which you prefer to use.

 

Ingredients

 

200g Coln Valley Gravadlax (choose from our selection) – cut into 3cm pieces

80g self-raising flour

80g almond flour

1 x teaspoon of baking powder

1 x large pinch of sea salt

80ml olive oil

80ml almond milk

250g crème fraîche

3 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill

4 x teaspoons of horseradish cream

Extra dill for garnish

 

Method

 

Heat the oven to 175°C and line two cupcake trays with 24 cupcake cases.

 

Mix the flour (both types), baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

 

Take another bowl and add and mix the oil, eggs and milk. Once thoroughly mixed, add the flour mixture and mix well.

 

Share the mixture among the 24 cupcake cases and bake until firm and golden. Take out when ready and cool.

 

Mix the crème fraîche and horseradish cream and either using a piping bag or a spoon depending on your presentation style to decorate the cake. Use the remaining garnish to decorate.

 

Coln Valley is giving away a 454g pack of its Traditional Smoked Salmon to the person who has an unusual smoked salmon cupcake recipe to share on our Facebook page. Recipes need to be with us by the end of National Cupcake Week to qualify.

 

 

 

What do smoked salmon and the Henley Regatta have in common?

Enjoy Henley Regatta from your own home: all you need is champagne and Coln Valley's smoked salmon
Enjoy Henley Regatta from your own home: all you need is champagne and Coln Valley’s smoked salmon

 

 

Two words: Coln Valley.

 

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the world-renowned Henley Regatta opens its doors over five days for an event that boasts 200 world-class races by some of the finest names in rowing.

 

From Olympians to new crews trying to carve a name in rowing, Henley Regatta is the place to be to mingle with thousands of visitors who attend to enjoy the fun, the beauty and the ambience that Henley Regatta has to offer.

 

However there’s more to Henley Regatta than rowing, namely food and drink, which is what takes us back to Coln Valley.

 

This is the 15th year that we’ve supplied the prestigious event with our smoked salmon products and we’re delighted to be associated with the event.

 

And for this year, visitors will be able to savour our award winning Smoked Scottish Salmon, our Kiln Roasted Salmon and our Classic Gravadlax at various venues throughout the site including the picturesque banks of Fawley Meadows and Temple Island.

 

And what could me more enjoyable than a plate of smoked salmon accompanied by a glass of champagne, in the sun (hopefully), watching world-class rowing amongst the splendour of one of Oxfordshire’s gems.

 

If you can’t make this year’s event then don’t worry; you can still enjoy the experience from the comfort of your own home. All you need is the BBC, a chilled bottle of champagne and, of course, the most important ingredient: smoked salmon.

 

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The glamorous couple

There have been countless successful pairings over the years. Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders and Laurel and Hardy to name a few. Even Bonnie and Clyde were good at what they did (despite the fact that what they did was high-level crime).

 

However in our eyes there isn’t a pairing as successful as that of smoked salmon and champagne. Yes, smoked salmon and champagne represents that classic combination of luxury, flavor and elegance.

 

Which is why everyone at Coln Valley was delighted to learn that it’s National Champagne Week from 1st – 7th October 2015. The organisers claim that ‘the sound of a champagne cork popping is one of life’s finest sounds’. And if that’s one of life’s finest sounds then enjoying a glass of champagne with the finest smoked salmon has to be one of life’s finest flavours.

 

Founded by Searcys, National Champagne Week 2015 aims to emphasise the diversity of champagne across some of the UK’s most iconic venues through a week-long celebration of accessible and approachable experiences – from tutored tastings and champagne masterclasses to parties and pop-ups.

 

Tickets to these events are available at www.nationalchampagneweek.co.uk and there will no doubt be a constant ‘pouring’ of updates available via the #champagneweek hashtag.

 

And if you can’t attend then why not create your own event to celebrate champagne week – at home. It goes without saying that champagne is essential and from our perspective, so is smoked salmon. Whilst we wouldn’t want to advise you on what champagne to buy, we can help with your choice when it comes to buying the finest smoked salmon – from Coln Valley’s range of classic smoked salmon to its speciality salmon products.

 

So, to end this piece we’d like to share the thoughts of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”

 

Naturally we agree.

The glamorous couple: smoked salmon and champagne
The glamorous couple: smoked salmon and champagne