28 December 2012

Potato Cream Cheese & Smoked Salmon Bites


Yesterday, we went to Ikea to buy a new kitchen faucet.  My old one, which served me for 13 years decided to die right on the only day when it shouldn't.  The day when all the shops are  closed for the Christmas holiday.  I had already mapped out how my 24th, 25th and 26th were going to be.  I managed to schedule my cooking and the Christmas dinner and lunch at the houses of my in-laws without so much free time to spare because yesterday, the 26th, we had a lunch to host at home with our friends.  Until 18:30 struck on the 24th of December when the problems started.


After a frenetic flurry of activities in the kitchen, someone seemed to have pressed the "pause" button after my husband closed the water from under the sink after it had been gushing out non-stop from the faucet.  We both stared at the quieted faucet.  That was it.  He made a dash for the closest plumbing shop but they were already closed.   I closed my eyes and calmed myself down before turning off the kitchen light.  The pots and pans I used in cooking were still strewn on the stove and in the sink and the counter and table needed a good wiping so badly.  It was a first for me to leave the kitchen in that state.  But Christmas cannot wait.  

On our way home on the 25th, we found an open shop selling practically everything under the sun that are all imported from China.  Toys, threads, you name it, they have it.  And also kitchen faucets!  With the unbelievable low price they were selling it, my husband and I knew that the quality also matches the price.  But we needed it only for a couple of days until the shops open again on the 27th when we can buy a proper one.   For a couple of hours, my husband labored in the kitchen to install the new one.  Result?  We knew that the new faucet shouldn't be that good for its price but not like what happened!  The water was gushing out from everywhere!  It was worse than our previous problem.   My husband found a solution from the spare plumbing box he has in the garage.  There was a spare new bathroom faucet there that he was able to find a way to put in the kitchen.  

So yesterday, along with the whole population of the city (everyone had the same idea of going to Ikea too!), we were elbowing our way in Ikea to get that faucet.  We managed to order it and pay for it but we forgot to get it at the merchandise pick-up.  Yes, we went home with so much stuff that we didn't plan to buy but not the item that we really went there for.  Today again.  Kitchen faucets and our family don't seem to go well together. 


I did manage to take home a kilo of smoked salmon from there.  Aside from the furniture area and the household item area, I also love working my way around the food market of Ikea.  I never go home without a pack of smoked salmon.  They are always reasonably priced. 

Here is an appetizer that makes use of smoked salmon, potatoes & cream cheese.  I made these for the first time before Christmas and I made a repeat with the new salmon I brought home.  Poppy seeds and chives are optional but they do give some flavor especially the chives.  Since my husband doesn't like anything associated with onions, I prepare a couple of versions, with poppy seeds and the other, with chives.  The size of the balls depends on how you want them.  I like mine on the small side, about a teaspoonful because they are easier to pop in the mouth and the size is kid-friendly.  

Hoping you are all having a good week!  


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Potato Cream Cheese & Smoked Salmon Bites

Ingredients:
Serves 2

  • 100 g. potatoes
  • 50 g. cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • salt & pepper
  • about 1 teaspoon chives, chopped finely + some for tying
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon (amount depends on the size of the slices), sliced to small pieces 

  1. Peel, quarter and cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender.  Drain well.  Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Mash with a masher or potato ricer.   Mix in cream cheese, milk, poppy seeds or chives, salt & pepper.  Mix well.
  3. Spray or rub a little amount of oil on a cling film.
  4. Scoop a teaspoon (or tablespoon if you want them bigger) of the potato mixture and put it in the middle of the oiled side of the cling film.  Tighten by twisting the top to make a ball.  
  5. When it is already shaped like a ball, put one small piece of salmon on top and tighten the cling film again to embed the salmon in the potato ball.
  6. Peel off cling film then tie a piece of chive around the potato ball.  This part is optional.  
  7. Repeat until you finish the potatoes.  










14 comments:

  1. What a disaster - but amazing that with all that was going on you still managed to cook and style a beautiful plate of food.

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    1. Thanks! It was hard to have a makeshift faucet fit for the bathroom but I survived. LOL!

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  2. Oh no, I'm so sorry about your faucet woes! What an ordeal! These bites look wonderful, only you could put them together amid the chaos! I love the way you wrapped them with chives!

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    1. Now I look back at the faucet incident laughing. I was so frustrated when it happened!

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  3. What a mess! There's nothing worse than kitchen troubles during the holiday season... I'm glad that you were able to prepare such a gorgeous appetizer! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. I know, it was the worst thing to happen at the wrong moment! Wishing you the best this 2013!

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  4. Why don't all these 'accidents' happen say on a Wednesday around 10 am? We have four more holidays ere workmen arrive back in my community: yesterday I thought my computer had gone to heaven as she has threatened and today the hot water system moaned and clanked to say 'I'm here, I'm here!! So your predicament more than understood! Oh, love the 'bites' and they look very appetizing also :) !

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    1. These accidents arrive at the wrong moments, I know!

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  5. That's Murphy's Law that it happened when it did. I can just imagine what Ikea was like. I get quite claustrophobic in those sorts of crowds. I love your appetizers. These are something I could make because they are grain free.

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    1. It was quite full Suzanne. It was unimaginable! We overheard one employee that it is normal to be that full right on that day because the shops had been closed for days during Christmas. I'm glad that you can include this in your diet.

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  6. Sorry to hear about the kitchen sink fiasco. Hopefully, it's solved now. LOL. Looks like it is, since you are able to churn out these pretty appetizer bites! You are so very creative with your food - you can be a professional caterer or something. Turn a hobby into a business - for real!

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    1. Faucet problem now solved! I can also laugh about it now. LOL! I still need to learn a lot to go for business aspect. Thanks!

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  7. Tying a piece of chive to it is a good tip, gives a wonderful appearance and compliments the orange of the salmon perfectly. Like how you say you never "go home without a pack of smoked salmon" as I'm completely in accord with the idea!

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    1. I'm glad that you liked the idea of tying the chives. Yes, salmon for me and my family is staple.

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