Salmon with wasabi creme fraiche

This was our starter on Christmas Day. One day I’ll be one of those bloggers who post Christmas recipes before 25 December, but 2013 is not that year. Fingers crossed for 2014.

After years of complete over-indulgence, we wanted to keep our Christmas meal small. Special, but small. This is a fairly light starter – the wasabi does wonders for your tastebuds, while the salmon is cool and light. Topped with a few greens, it can be made in minutes – perfect for a season which seems determined to make you spend as much time in the kitchen as possible

This is hardly a recipe and more a combination of ingredients. We bought thick, sashimi style cold smoked salmon from Woolworths -and worked on 100g a person – a little too generous we found, but yet managed to polish it all off.

The dressing is a combination of creme fraiche, wasabi and salt to taste. I used 250g creme fraiche and 1 tbsp wasabi, but this is very much to taste. I simply arrange the salmon on a plate, drizzled with the wasabi creme fraiche and a few micro greens. Done in 5 minutes.

This was followed by :

Roast duck with plum sauce
Gammon
Roast potatoes
A warm Brussel sprout salad
Bitter chocolate meringue tart
Christmas cake ice cream

Recipe for the rest of the meal to follow soon – but I hope you enjoy this one in the mean time. If you increase the ‘salad’ portion of this or serve a fresh sourdough on the side, it can easily become a quick lunch or lazy summer dinner.

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