Jane's Delicious Garden Blog


Salmon pasta surprise.

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the March 25th, 2021

Today I finally finished preparing my next book’s manuscript, ready for layout. It has been an intense few months. To celebrate, I splashed out and bought two small, freshly-cut salmon fillets. I felt like pasta – but didn’t want to put these precious fillets into the pasta. So this dish happened.

At the bottom of the bowl is purplish home-made spaghetti (flavoured with powdered beetroot). The creamy pasta sauce is made with red onions, garlic, paprika, green peas and capers. Above that are baby spinach leaves topped with the salmon fillets (simply spiced with black pepper and pan fried in butter), and sprinkled with chopped parsley, spring onions and nasturtium flowers.

A squeeze of lemon and a grind of pepper complete the picture.

This was so good. The salmon (still pink in the middle) flaked apart and was perfectly balanced by the fresh green spinach, piquant capers, creamy sauce, sweet peas and peppery nasturtium flowers.

And now I wait to to see the first designed pages of the book . . .

A meal in a salad.

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the March 8th, 2021

I love making layered salads – tonight’s began with a layer of cos lettuce, with: 

  • strips of courgette (tossed with herbs de Provence and flour and pan fried in olive oil til just browned).
  • sweet snow peas, steamed til just tender.
  • mixed cherry tomatoes.
  • grilled haloumi cheese.
  • kalamata olives.
  • shredded basil.
Plus red potatoes, steamed til tender and pan fried in olive oil until crisp, tossed with chives, parsley and sea salt.
All served with a side dressing of mayonnaise, yoghurt, freshly grated turmeric, chopped fresh mint, ground dried garlic, curry powder, salt and chilli flakes.
Most delicious.