Thursday, February 01, 2007

Salmon and Caviar

When presented with such a beautiful piece of sashimi grade salmon it would be wrong to cook it.


As I do have a fondness for raw fish and could very easily eat this as is - that really wouldn't be worthy of a post. So I decided to play around a little and present a very easy to make starter that should win the hearts of your guests.

To add a little extra bit of decadence I've also incorporated the lustrous pearls of (local) Yarra Valley Salmon Caviar - a dish you might like to consider with Valentine's Day on the horizon.


Salmon and Caviar Timbale
[Serves 2 as a starter]

200 grams sushi-grade Salmon
½ avocado, peeled and diced
¼ - ½ teaspoon wasabi powder (to taste)
½ teaspoon Yuzu juice (to taste)
Salmon Caviar

Place the avocado into a bowl and mash using the back of a fork. Add the ¼ teaspoon wasabi powder and ¼ teaspoon yuzu juice and mix until well combined. Taste and adjust adding more wasabi powder and yuzu juice to suit your palette. Don't go over board and make it too hot or you won't enjoy the salmon. You want to be able to taste the three distinct elements - it needs to be in balance.

Next, finely dice the salmon. Do this only when you are ready to serve the dish.

Place a ring mould onto the centre of each place and half fill each mould - pressing down to compress the salmon. Top with a spoonful of the avocado puree - then top with the remaining salmon. Use the back of a spoon to press down again. Keep the spoon against the centre of each timbale as you ease the mould upwards - revealing an intact timbale.

Spoon a little more of the avocado over the top of each and then a generous mounding of salmon caviar.


Serve at once with a glass (or two) of Champagne.


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  1. It's really a gret recipe. Glad you didn't use real caviar with this because i think wasabi would have kill the taste. Very good idea for for a "mise en bouche" with a little glass of single malt whisky.

    Bon appétit

  2. If anything deserved the title "food porn" this must be it.

  3. That looks absolutely amazing! I love salmon. Definitely food porn.

  4. Totally stunning, you clever thing.

  5. Thanks Laurent - it's best to match salmon with it's own roe and salmon roe has to be one of the most prettiest looking caviars.

    Thanks Trig and Brilynn!

    Thanks Sara!

  6. That looks absolutely delicious Haalo! *drool* Now I'm craving for salmon... lol!

    Can I ask where you manage to find yuzu or yuzu juice?

  7. I'm a beader, so the caviar looked fantastic. *LOL* Too bad I can't stomach the stuff.

  8. Oh Haalo! The salmon, the avocado, the roe! Perfect and lovely.

    And such beautiful photography, as always.

  9. This is absolutely amazing!

  10. Haalo,

    What a beautiful and sophisticated dish!

    It would cause quite an impression in a romantic dinner, you're right!

  11. Thanks Ilingc - yes it is very addictive ;)
    I found the Yuzu juice at the Japanese supermarket Fuji Mart next to Prahran market (it's the shop right next door to Aldi overlooking the carpark).

    That's a shame Ren though at least you can appreciate their beauty.

    Thanks Lorena!

    Thanks Ellie!

    Thanks Patricia - there is something romantic about it ;)

  12. That looks SO amazing! I can't even imagine how much that would cost in a restaurant, but that is definitely something i would pay for.

  13. Thanks Rachel - you don't have to go to a restaurant, you can make it yourself!

  14. As beautiful as, I am sure, delicious!

  15. It certainly was Heather!

  16. fantastic and so beautiful !

  17. mmmmm, i love raw salmon!

    did you pick up the salmon from Prahran market as well? I need a good place for sushi grade stuff.

  18. Thanks Lili!

    Hi Cin - yep it's from Periwinkle's at Prahran Market. Both the tuna and this salmon come from there. Claringbold's also have pieces of sushi grade fish available including kingfish.

  19. Thanks for the tip Haalo. I'll definitely drop by Fuji Mart next time I'm there. :)

  20. Anytime Ilingc - it's the type of shop you can spend ages in just oogling all the great things they have.

  21. food porn indeed. proving that 'stunning' and 'simple' are not mutually exclusive concepts.

  22. Thanks CC - good ingredients speak for themselves.

  23. I have never seen such a beautiful salmon and caviar. I really love it and want to make one of it.

  24. Thanks Kirati - I hope you get to make this!


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