“We make these every Christmas when guests are arriving. It’s generally a job that me and Dad do – while greeting people with a drink you can also be knocking out a few freshly cooked blinis, adding simple toppings as you go. Yum. ”
1. For the blinis, place the flour and a pinch of sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre, crack in the egg and add 1 tablespoon of oil, then beat into the flour. Gradually whisk in the milk until you’ve got a lovely, smooth batter.
2. Put a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and add 1 small knob of butter.
3. Once hot and the butter’s melted, add tablespoons of batter to the pan to make your blinis. Cook for 1 minute on each side, flipping over when they turn golden on the bottom and get little bubbles on top.
4. The first batch always helps you figure out your temperature control, so adjust it up or down if needed.
5. Transfer the cooked blinis to a plate, and continue with the remaining batter until it’s all used up. Top with your favourite combos, season to perfection and enjoy.
TEAM WAVES OF QUALITY SMOKED SALMON WITH . . .
* Cucumber speed-peeled into ribbons, placed proudly on top of a little cream cheese with a fine grating of lemon zest.
* Peeled and finely shaved raw baby beets, a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of fresh tarragon.
* Vac-packed beets blitzed with cream cheese until smooth, topped with a fine grating of fresh horseradish root.
* Cream cheese loosened with a little lemon juice, and a sprinkling of salmon caviar to add an extra pop of flavour.
* A dollop of soured cream and a sprinkling of chopped fresh chives and finely sliced tender asparagus.
* Puréed avocado and a little jarred jalapeño, a dollop of soured cream and a few freshly picked coriander leaves.
Get ahead – make the batter the night before, then simply leave covered in the fridge until needed, whisking up well before use.