Smooth crab pate and ‘dead man’s fingers’

I’ve been preparing a crab ready to make smooth crab pate. However I’ve been asked by people what are the dead man’s fingers. Well I took a picture of them.


They look like feathery gills shown in the picture.

Please be careful of these and remove them and discard.
Now the smooth crab pate, the quick and easy method.
Add a cream cheese and the  crab meat into the food blender. Season  to taste and blend smooth.
Best thing about cream cheeses, there are so many flavours so try different combinations.
Also try using king prawns peeled and cooked.

My new diet and exercise regime

slimIn the early hours of Tuesday morning I had cramps and pains in my abdominal area that nearly put me in hospital . I took tablets and managed to settle it down. I also went to work with the pain and I could not pick up a joint of meat with out struggling. So I wet home took more tablets with the doctors saying take two of these and call if no change over the phone. How can they diagnose people over the phone with out looking at the patient for physical signs. It knocked me out for a few hours and it finally settled. So I began thinking that I seriously need to change my ways. Today I went down town to see what I have got. I went to a shop and found tablets and bought them with out realising will it affect my depression. So I went to Holland and Barret and was greeted by a friendly face and great service. She gave me advice not to take them because of the medication. However she gave me another alternative. She took me these slim foods which are very healthy and tasty. Its also gluten free, wheat free, sugar free and only takes a few minutes to cook. Another bonus to it was they are in a penny sale, (at the time of purchase) my exercise will be yoga again since there are free apps now to limber up and my bicycle is calling so a few minutes a day and gradually build it up. Since my health is threatening to put me in hospital its time to start now.

monkfish tail wrapped in parma ham

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I got this idea from a fellow juror during jury service when we were discussing our favourite foods while we were waiting for the judge and his cake. It’s a shame I could not remember his name since it has been a few years.

This is so easy and simple. Get a tail of monkfish and remove the membrane (you can get your fish monger to do this for you if it’s from the counter) but keep the bone in. you can add flavouring of your choice or leave on its lone. Wrap it in Parma ham then place in an oven dish with foil to cover and pop it in a pre-heated oven of 190 degrees centigrade or gas make 5 *. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Carve the monkfish through the bone like steaks and serve with a white sauce of choice and potatoes and green beans.

As for the judge, well he called us back and acted funny. I wonder what was in that cake.

*don’t forget we all have different compliances so adjusted if need to

smooth prawn pâté

One night mum asked me have you still got any of your prawn pâté. So, I got some prawn pâté out and handed it to mum along with some crackers. This is very simple to do all you need are king prawns (cooked and peeled), soft cheese spread and a food blender and some crackers to the pâté on. To cook the prawns from scratch boil water or lightly pan fry them until them turn pink. A tip I got from great British menu head judge. Also don’t overcook them or re cook them because they will turn rubbery. If you are worried about cooking them you can get prawns that are already done. Put the prawns in a blender with a dollop of soft cheese spread and blend it all together until smooth. Taste the pâté season if required. Present it on some crackers. Very simple and quick also since there are a lot of different flavours of soft cheese you can make different flavoured pâté so the choice is yours. As for mum’s chilli prawn pâté, I have never seen the rest of it, apart from an empty container.

Marinated salmon and rice

rice and salmon

(my lunch)
This idea it was a quick and easy snack for lunch at work and when I recommended it to a colleague of mine, it was the focal point for romantic dinner for two.
For me since all I have was the microwave in the canteen, all I got was salmon kebabs/marinated salmon cut into cubes from the fish counter in a microwaveable cooking bag and microwaveable rice from a shop. Two items become a meal within 5 minutes (always follow the instructions on packaging or ask for advice).
For my colleague he got the same kebabs/marinated salmon cut into cubes. Baked them with tin foil and dish or since I was his fishmonger I provided him with the cooking bag and prepared it ready for him to bake. He did at gas mark 5 set or 190°c for 20 – 25 minutes or look on packaging for advice. He boiled some long grain rice (look on packaging) and presents it on a bed of lettuce.
The lucky boy also got his wife approval whereas for me, I get funny looks when I open my bag.

My Grandparents emergency cottage pie

The grandparents went out for a day trip to the shopping centre. As time went pass Lucy, our trustful black lab, was hinting me its time for her lunch/dinner. I looked at the time and it was getting on a bit. So I done nan’ s shores feeding the animals and thought why don’t I cook for them. Since I had no car keys (grandad took them with him) and measuring instruments since nan reorganised the kitchen it was a challenge. I looked around and spotted beef mince and potatoes. Cottage pie it is. I cut the potatoes into small chunks and started boiling them with some season. I chop an onion and sweat it in a frying pan before adding the mince. Also I added beef steak seasoning (herbs and spices) and spoon of baked beans since its nan’s recipe I’m trying to remember. After finishing off the mixture for the bottom layer I spread it out in a small dish adding a bit more season to taste. Test the potatoes until soft, I drained the water and started mashing them and added cheese and butter. After that I spread the mash on top of the mixture and sprinkled cheese on top red Leicester for nan’s third and mature white for grandads third for me a bit of both in the middle. After that the grandparents came in and thanked me for preparing the cottage pie ready for the oven. Nan pop it in the oven think it was for 30 – 45 minutes gas mark 5. She served it with mushrooms and the remaining baked beans. Not bad for my first one since I’m used to making lasagna and fish pie.

Recycling salmon carcass

At Christmas time I must of fillet loads of salmon and discard the carcasses for the customer. My advice is always ask for the carcass back. The amount of meat left on there you will be surprise how may fishcakes you can make, pates you can create and stock cubes for future date.


It’s very simple to scrape the meat of the bone. All you need is a spoon and start scraping the meat off. As you can see below how much meat was left.

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Ask for the carcass back and re-work it, and there is plenty of recipes on the internet so use a search engine like google. have fun.