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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kedgeree - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Grandma Maude was not an Anglophile. Famine Irish had long memories and the only good thing she would attribute to the British was the Magna Carta. She did, however, love to cook and tell tales - some tall, some true - that were sure to make us smile. She'd let novel bits of England into her kitchen to assure those smiles. Bubble and Squeak was a favorite of hers and she, of course, had a tale to match the dish. For the uninitiated, Bubble and Squeak is a homely dish made mostly of potatoes and cabbage. It is twice cooked. The bubble represents the boiling of vegetables and the squeak is the noise made when they are turned into a skillet and fried. This was heady information for five year olds. Almost as good as Bangers and Mash and Kedgeree. In our world, Kedgeree was an exotic dish that set us apart from those who had tuna casserole on Friday nights. In truth, Kedgeree is a lightly curried breakfast dish made from rice, smoked fish, boiled eggs, parsley and some lemon juice. While its considered an English dish, it roots are Indian and it is probably an adaption of a rice and lentil dish called Khichari. The British altered the dish to suit their tastes and Grandma Maude altered it to suit hers. She dropped the eggs and the curry and created a thirty minute meal that would make the most harried of cooks smile. This is not company fare, but it is wonderful for a family lunch or supper. Here's the recipe we use.

Kedgeree...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup long grain rice
1-3/4 cup fish stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
8 ounces salmon fillet, skinned and chopped
3 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 scallions, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Garnish: dill sprigs and lemon slices

Directions:
1) Combine butter and oil in a large saucepan. Cook until butter melts. Add onion and cook over low heat until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2) Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until it is transparent, about 3 minutes. Add stock and stir well. Bring to a boil, cover pan, and simmer gently, for 10 minutes.
3) Add fresh and smoked salmon. Stir well. If rice seems dry add more stock. Cook until fish and rice are tender and all liquid has been absorbed, about 6 minutes.
4) Remove pan from heat. Stir in cream, dill, and scallions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish and serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:

Yangzhou Fried Rice - One Perfect Bite
Shrimp Risotto - One Perfect Bite
Asparagus and Lemon Grass Risotto - One Perfect Bite

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

44 comments:

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Great weeknight meal idea. Not too involved to make and packed with layers of flavor. Love the use of smoked salmon. Cheers!

Regina said...

Love this Mary.
Happy Pink Saturday.
Enjoy the weekend.


xo
Regina

®osadimaggio63 said...

Ciao Maria,
questo piatto quì in Italia lo faccia spesso ( povero il mio colesterolo ), soltanto che non metto il prezzemolo :-)
Piatto molto gustoso e ricco !

Debinhawaii said...

Looks yummy--the perfect comfort food! ;-)

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks like a bowl of great comfort!
Wish you a lovely weekend!

. said...

I like kidgeree and I don't eat it for sucha long time.
Alfazema

Ana Powell said...

Happy Pink Saturday.
Great dish.
Wishing you a lovely weekend x

Allie and Pattie said...

I had to smile- your grandmother must have had some Italian in her as she turned out an almost classic seafood risotto! LOL I was familiar with the rest, but Kedgeree was new to me. I love the background info you give. Wonderful post, as always
xoxo Pattie

lostpastremembered said...

I love your story Mary, don't stories make food taste better? That you have memories of a grandma Maude is heartwarming. I love those homely English dishes and have made a version of kedgeree for many years.. it is a great leftover killer! I really like the combination of smoked and fresh salmon that you use. and look forward to trying it your way... I will save the recipe as Maude's Kedgeree~~

Martha said...

What a great story and a great weeknight supper!

LDH said...

The Kedgeree looks yummy and the time spent listening to Grandma Maude must have been such fun. I hope I make my grandchildren as happy in the kitchen as she did.

A joy visiting with you!
ldh

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Mary,i already loved ur pink saturdays ....but i so so so muc love ur lovely narrations that heighten the deliciousness of any meal galore .....
THis is delicious...
super weekend to u...

Carla and Michael said...

Thank you for the beautiful picture. I have heard of kedgeree, but never seenn a picture of it. Must try this one and do some research now. Thanks.

Pam said...

Perfect for Pink Saturday!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary, Your Kedgeree is very interesting! I lived in Scotland and England when I was young- but I never had this exotic dish- too bad for me. I have had bubble and squeak and bangers and mash. I would love to eat this for breakfast.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Yvonne

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a perfect looking rice, absolutely delicious...

♥ Kathy said...

Looks good Mary. Happy Saturday :)

Joanne said...

Ah food. The great unifier. I love the back story to this.

This dish looks delicious. The abundance of smoked salmon in it has me in heaven.

A Year on the Grill said...

great story, and terrific sounding recipe... Love your grandmother

Annesphamily said...

I am hungry! This was a beautiful story and Happy Pink Saturday to you! Hugs Anne

Lori said...

Thats a really nice rice dish Mary.

caren said...

Always love your recipes! Happy Pink Saturday!

Devaki said...

I love kedgeree and I adore how you've given it a modern updated twist from say the traditional scottish version.

Very clever with the use of smoked and fresh salmon which also lend lovely colors to the dish.

Gorgeous for spring!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Atelier de Charo said...

You always has great recipies!!!
Happy Pink Saturday!!!

alwayswinner786 said...

Mary thanks a lot for taking time to visit my blog. It's great to have you in my friends list!
It's pleasure visiting yours and awesome recipes!
Kedgeree is very delicious!
Happy Pink Saturday.
Enjoy a lovely weekend:)
Love Always

Tracy said...

Mary, thank you for stopping by Amuse-bouche for Two. I'm really happy to have been led to your blog. Greetings! :)

Olive said...

I love your post, it reminds me of my own grandma, I love to listen to her stories too. I've never heard of kedgeree but it looks delicious, thanks for sharing Mary :)

Claudia said...

Stories always improve food - bless your grandmother for telling you them. The dish is so new to me and just sounds grand,

Barbara said...

Really love your background on this dish and thank you, Grandma Maude! Have made bubble and squeak and heard of kedgeree, but never have made it. Looks like a super recipe, Mary!

Valérie said...

This is an excellent recipe, it must be great comfort food!

Janice said...

I am a big Kedgeree fan too. I'm pleased to see that you omitted any curry powder or paste. My gran and mum also made kedgeree usually with smoked fish and left over rice fried in butter. That delicious buttery smokey taste is one of my favourite memories.

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Very interesting recipe. My salmon loving husband is just going to have fits over this!

Tracy F. said...

Looks delicious! Maybe I can get husband to eat salmon.Happy Pink Saturday!

Chef Aimee said...

Ok this is a perfect springtime dish! I love this recipe and hope you had a lovely Pink Saturday!

Kim said...

You grandmother sounds like a lovely woman, full of character. Your kedgeree is a gorgeous way to start the day!

Arlette said...

Hello Mary,
This is a the first time i hear about Kedgeree, but the dish looks delicious what ever it is called looks a nice brunch dish...
bookmarked to try.. thanks for sharing

My Little Space said...

The recipe sounds wonderful and great colour contrast too! I would love to try it with prawns.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is a great dish and healthy too!

Wendy said...

Lovely kedgeree! It really is one the world's best breakfast dishes... see, the English can produce good food at times :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Hi Mary, I am glad you found my site as it now means I have found yours. I will also be back often, you have some lovely recipes.
Diane

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

This sounds great. I've never heard of it, and as my mom is a Brit I'm going to have a stern talking to her about it. I do love me some bubbles and squeak and bangers and mash and my favorite breakfast she used to make us was baked beans on toast. YUM. Maybe I'll whip this up for her next time she comes to my side of the pond for a visit with her grandkids...she'll be so impressed and we both love curry!

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Kitchen Masochist said...

I've never heard of this dish. I learned something new today! Looks like an easy, delicious dish to prepare. Thanks for sharing. :)

Lucie said...

I'm looking forward to trying kedgeree for the first time--this seems like such a nice weeknight recipe! Hope you're having a great Sunday :)

Andreas said...

Sounds like a great dish.
Maybe one could swap the curry back in...

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