This is one of our favourite ways to eat asparagus as the English season comes in. The recipe combines the best of Swedish and English ingredients together, for an irresistible combination.
“Gubbröra” translates roughly from Swedish to “Old Man’s Mess”, an appetizer commonly served on Smörgåsbord at Christmas and Easter but you can find it all year round. We’ve used Swedish “Matjessill” (herring) but you can also use Swedish anchovies or “Ansjovis”. These are very different from Mediterranean anchovies, usually European sprats (a small oily fish often mistaken for baby sardines).
Serves 3-4 people
4 hard boiled eggs (boil eggs for 10 mins)
200 g chopped soused herring (discard from the pickled liquid)
1 large red onion (finely chopped)
20 g chopped chives
20 g chopped tarragon
150 g mayo
150 g creme fraiche
1 tsp of dijon mustard
1 bunch of English asparagus
20 g capers
3 g salt
3 gr ground black pepper
Slices of toasted sourdough bread to serve
Combine all the ingredients apart from asparagus and capers in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Boil the asparagus for 2 mins, take out and cool down in an ice bath.
Heat olive oil in a large pan and fry the asparagus for 3-4 mins, add the capers and cook for 30 seconds. Serve on toasted sourdough bread.
Nothing’s better than that glorious moment when you take the turkey out of the oven to let it rest … But let’s face it, turkeys need to rest for a while.
To keep everyone going until you can sit down to feast, we asked SW London food photographer & blogger (and California native) Gemma Sokol for a festive snack recipe built from Panzer’s pantry.
Simple and oh-so-satisfying.
Stack the following in order:
Island Bakery oat cracker
Apple slices (we recommend Brogdale)
Proscuitto, wrapped around and tucked under cracker
Honey drizzle (we’ve used Waddesdon Estate blue flower honey from Buckinghamshire)
A sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves
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