Building a Perfect Meal

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Avocado and Salmon Tasters recipe

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My favourite avocados are Shepard’s because they do not brown when cut, making them great for salads and other dishes. The avocado salad can be stuffed into cones like I have done or simply filled into ready-made tart shells.

Makes 14–18 tasters

Ready-made puff pastry 2 sheets
Smoked salmon 200 g (7 oz), sliced
Avocado salad (see recipe below) 1 serving

• Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

• Using a small cookie cutter, punch small holes on the pastry sheets. Using a pastry cutter, cut pastry sheets into 6 rectangles of equal size. Peel off the backing and twirl each retangle of pastry around a metal cone.

• Bake pastry in the oven for 10–15 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool for about 1 minute before removing pastry from cones.

• To serve, line the inside of each pastry shell with smoked salmon and fill with about 1 Tbsp of avocado salad.


Serves 1–2

Avocado 1
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
Red onion 1, small, peeled and finely chopped
Olive oil 1 Tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste
All-purpose soy sauce 1 Tbsp
Sesame oil 1 tsp
Brown sugar 1 tsp
Coriander leaves (cilantro) 75 g (21/2 oz), chopped or torn
Black sesame seeds to garnish, toasted
Pita chips to serve

• Cut avocado into 1cm (1/2in) cubes. Drizzle with lemon juice to stop it from browning.

• Combine the remaining ingredients, except coriander, sesame seeds and pita chips, in a large bowl and toss in the avocado. Using a large spoon, toss the ingredients lightly without breaking up the avocado too much.

• Garnish with the coriander leaves and sesame seeds. Serve with toasted pita chips.

For MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES from the book, click on PAGE 4 below.

Pages: 1 2 3 4


  1. jodi mclean says

    hi would love to win this book it looks fantastic xx

  2. Charlotte Daly says

    I am a poor student and i need help with my cook book fetish. I have many years to catch up to my Nana’s and Mums library of delicious knowledge. Help feed my addiction to yummyness.

  3. Christine Ros says

    Have just discovered you and oh my goodness, love it!!

    • June Hughes says

      I look forward to your regular updates of delicous recipes and many interesting ideas!
      Thank you.

  4. Lesley B says

    This looks a good book to use up what we already have at would also be good for those who dont cook.

  5. I think the kids would be happy if i could create a perfect meal…… let’s just say I don’t stand a chance on master chef…

  6. Loving the mag and all the tips, helps and info

  7. Katherine says

    Sometimes I get into a rut with cooking for myself. I’d love a perfect meal!

  8. Oh, count me in. This looks great

  9. A great book to enhance the basics, sensible yet meals produced with flair!

  10. Would love this book. always on the search for new recipes and have a great stash of cookbooks to help me along the way.

  11. carolyn abraham says

    this would be a great book to have in my collection

  12. Looks like an awesome book – it’s always great having a cook book that is adventurous with new and different ways of mixing and blending ingredients

  13. Jo Taylor says

    What a fantastic idea! Looks like a great book.

  14. Veronica Donaldson says

    Awesome, please put me in. Thriftiness in the kitchen comes down to storage space. If you have the space you can really stock up on specials and it makes a huge difference to your weekly shopping total.

  15. Pamela Donaldson says

    Never underestimate how good a fry up of leftovers can taste! And you feel good about not being wasteful.

  16. Paul Greenfield says

    That age old advice about not shopping when you are hungry really helps save the unnecessary spending, aswell as the waist line.

  17. Love a cookbook that uses everyday ingredients and teaches you how to make delicious meals

  18. Ngaire M Phillips says

    Instead of grating lemon zest on a grater with the risk of losing finger nails, peel the skin thinly with a potato peeler. Put the required sugar for the recipe into a kitchen whiz, add peel and whiz until peel is fine. Good for lemon honey or lemon cakes.

  19. I love the sound of this book. Start simple & jazz it up. Can’t wait to try the beetroot cake!

  20. hello,loving the mag.
    another tip from me:
    smelly fridge? just pop some bicarb in a little saucer and put it in fridge.
    smells will be absorbed.

  21. I would love to give this to my student daughter, just to prove there is more in life than 2 minute noodles!

  22. Nikki Griffin says

    You have some really good ideas and I hope that this mag really takes off and love that it’s on line

  23. Cool! The easier the recipe, the better for me. Sounds like a good book.

  24. Shirley Hastings says

    Fabulous to have something different!

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