Saturday, July 14, 2012

50 Shades of Grey, Salmon Tartare

I finally got to 50 Shades of Grey: 50 Shades Darker.  I read it everyday on the Metro on the way into work (folding back the book cover as I turn each page so no one sees it of course).

I personally like book two better than book one. Masked balls, pool tables, boats . . . mmm hmmm. I can't help it but I see Christian Grey as Christian Bale in my head. He's too old, I know. I guess that means I am getting old too.

I was totally excited (wink, wink) that E.L. James wrote out the menu from the masked ball/charity event.  Immediately I knew I had to make something from it and I love just about every tartare.  

Course One
Salmon tartare
Crème fraiche and marinated cucumber
Toasted brioche
Alban Estate Roussanne 2006


The girls are coming over to lay by the pool with me tomorrow and I can't wait to make it for them as a light lunch. It's quick and easy (the cucumber is so good with the salty salmon) and perfect for the occasion since we will probably gossip about the book anyway.


We have talked briefly about a masked ball/party for New Years Eve this year too. Maybe I will recreate the whole menu then. I think we all needed some Fifty in our lives don't you?

I know my husband's not complaining. (There it is . . . husband. I said it)

50 Shades of Grey Salmon Tartare (makes 12-24 servings)
8 oz smoked salmon
1 small cucumber
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (less harsh than regular vinegar, worth the purchase)
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon diced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pinch salt
1 small container creme fraiche or Philadelphia Creme (I used the Lemon and Herb cooking creme)
1 loaf french bread

1. Peel and slice your cucmber, place in a small bowl with your rice wine vinegar and pinch of salt. Toss and then let it marinate in the refrigerator.

2. Chop your salmon into small strips or cubes and dice your red onion. Mix in a larger bowl with your lemon juice, olive oil and capers.

3. Slice your french bread and toast it lightly. Let your bread cool down before you assemble.

4. Top each slice with a cucumber, then a dollop of creme fraiche and then the salmon tartare. I used my fingers to place the salmon tartare on neatly.

Bon Appétit, laters baby.

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13 comments:

  1. Yes, we do need some fifty in our lives. :) How creative of you to recreate it!

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  2. These look delicious! A great snack by the pool!

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  3. I agree Christian Bale is my Christian Grey!!'

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  4. Apparently, I need to get started on this 50 Shades of Grey thing. I've got lots of time on my hands so maybe I shall head over to B&N the next couple of weeks for some summer reading :-) Thank you for sharing this salmon tartare recipe! It looks very scrumptious! Husband and wife... congratulations, Michelle :-) Hope you and the ladies had fun!

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  5. Good Lord, a high-fantasy novel written by a fanfic writer who knows what sexual deprived women what to read. Am I jealous? Yeah because I think anybody can write women porn. High fantasy for a young, hot, and rich man who needs a virgin woman to fix his life. Because that's every woman's fantasy, fixing the guy they fall in love with. Lets be honest.

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  6. Hehe, I read that series in like a week. I agree with you that book #2 is better than the rest. And to all the comments above by GoodRecipe...nicely said haha

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  7. Book two was my favorite. I wish I hadn't rushed hrough them all though.... I'm sure my husband agrees. ;).

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  8. Hehe, my bookclub just got done reading Book No. 1 and were contemplating the next two. Might have to just get onto Book No. 2 soon!

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  9. i see lots of this kind of thing happening in future book club readings...! (i haven't actually started reading the book though!)

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  10. Haha! I just finished the first book and my bf sure didn't complain either. ;)

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  11. hahaha... laters baby. Nice touch. Can't wait to try this, and sidenote: Just bought book 2 after 3 terrible months of 0 Christin Gray time! EEEEE! Can't wait!

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