We are still in lock down, so much so that we get excited when we see someone walk past our window to go to the supermarket or a van or car goes by. As you can imagine nearly everyone is wearing a face mask and are keeping to the social distancing rules.
The tourist season normally wakes our village up from its winter rest but it is almost always silent now.. No tourists, no camping vans or bicycles, it does seem eerily strange for this time of year. The good news is that the wild life, animal, birds and plants are really thriving. I particularity enjoy the bird song in the morning it seems richer and stronger, which is probably due the reduced noise of the traffic and the pollution it brings.
More good news, I can now visit my physio, I know, how great is that. My back is feeling terrible at the moment but with my physio’s help I should be on the road to recovery soon.
And Now, a Little Something To Do While In Lock down.
Why not try the recipe below it is delicious. Or something new from your recipe books. Bearing in mind that some ingredients may be difficult to find now. For example, in our local supermarkets most flour has been out of stock for weeks but you can still buy bread flour from the supermarket next door to us in Daglan. Limited to one packet per person.
And now the recipe.
Salmon With A Tarragon Mushroom Sauce.
Tarragon has a distinctive aniseed flavour which is gorgeous with fish, cream and mushrooms.
Serves four people
50g unsalted butter
4 salmon steaks
175g mushrooms, trimmed and sliced.
200ml of chicken or vegetable stock.
2.5ml about half a teaspoon mustard
45ml chopped tarragon (use less if using dried)
5ml white wine vinegar
Boiled new potatoes or small roast potatoes.
1 Melt half of the butter in a large frying pan and cook the salmon on a moderate heat for about eight minutes turning once. Transfer onto a plate, cover and keep warm.
2 Heat the remaining butter in the pan and gently add the mushrooms and cook until the juices start to flow. Add the stock and simmer for 2 minutes.
3 Add the mustard, cream, tarragon and vinegar.
4 Spoon the sauce over the salmon and serve with potatoes salad or vegetables.
The sauce also goes well with chicken or steak.