It was Mrs. Beeton’s birthday yesterday. It was also my Father’s. A lawyer by training–just like Matthew Crawley–Dad’s heart belongs to fishing. His favorite ball cap reads “Born to Fish, Forced to Work”. Fishing has a long tradition as a gentleman’s sport in the English aristocracy, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see a Downton fishing trip in future episodes.
Today’s dish is smoked salmon moussse pinwheels, a great colourful savoury item to add to your tea tray, cocktail menu or picnic basket.
Tea Parties in the Workplace?
You meet the most interesting tweeple online. I recently came upon an interesting tweet with a picture of a teacup. When I commented on it, I was surprised to discover that I had inspired the office afternoon tea ritual where the photo had been taken. When I commented on that, other tweeple strated chirping about their office tea rituals. Since we don’t normally have the luxury of taking time off in the afternoon outside of work, I wonder if we might consider the social and networking benefits of the tea ritual in our offices. That is, if you haven’t already. As for myself, I always had my kettle, loose teas, biscuits and teapot on the go in my office, always ready to share tea and confidences throughout the day.
Tall Tales of My Fishing Family
As I mentioned at the outset, yesterday was my Dad’s birthday and he loves to fish. Like Lady Mary, I am the eldest sibbling in our family and very much a Daddy’s girl. He is my hero and I was blessed to marry Lord D, who has the same great qualities. Dad made me the “Fisher Girl” I am today. Each summer I join him and my two brothers on an annual pilgrimage to the far northern coast of beautiful British Columbia to fish for Spring (King) Salmon on the ocean. It is always an amazing experience: it is often cold and wet, but even if we don’t catch fish there are always eagles, seals and whales to be seen.
Here is a video of my Dad catching a 26 pound Spring Salmon at our last trip. We were experiencing 4 foot swells that morning, so it was helpful to have my brother’s support on the slippery back deck. I was smart and was inside filming. Happy Birthday, Dad. I hope you land more big ones again this year.
Mrs. Beeton would be proud of our ability to catch what we eat: we come home with enough wild salmon and halibut to share with family and friends. We smoke some of the salmon and I often serve these smoked salmon pinwheels as a party appetizer when I entertain, proudly proclaiming that I caught it myself. While you may not be able to catch your own fish to use in this recipe, you should buy wild salmon. It is a lovely colorful dish to serve at tea, at cocktails, or your next Downton Abbey viewing party.