Summer skies, long evenings…it really does put a smile on your face. Lunch at the moment means just one thing: picnic.
On sunny days what I bring to work for lunch is dictated by what lends itself to being eaten from a plastic tub in a bright patch of city centre green space. I love nabbing a few minutes outside at lunch, away from my basement office. Even 20 minutes listening to a podcast and solo nibbling on my picnic in the park is enough to leave me feeling full of vim and vigour for the rest of the day.
Mackerel pate (more of a paste really!) is a handy mid-week lunch option as it is cheap, quick and fuss-free. Whip up a batch and it keeps in the fridge for a few days. There are only four, or at a push, five, ingredients, and it takes about three minutes to prepare.
All you need is:
- Smoked mackerel fillets
- Small tub of cottage cheese
- Juice of one lemon
- Some black pepper
- And, the optional fifth ingredient, if you so wish: parsley (either fresh or dried)
Peel the skin off the mackerel, and put the fish and all the other ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Add it to a salad or spread it on crackers or bread (I love it on homemade brown bread). I’ve yet to try it, but reckon this recipe would work work well with salmon or tuna instead of mackerel, if you prefer.