Picnic Essential: Smoked Mackerel Pate

Published: 26th Mar, 2009

Make it yourself, lazy bones!


It’s officially the beginning of picnic season, we know that because it was sunny for about an hour over the weekend. And for anyone remotely interested, the word picnic comes from two French words – piquer which means to pick, and nique which means a morsel. So, really, it was only intended to be a small French snack partaken by two lovers in a park – feeding one another soft cheeses, stroking eyelids, enjoying frenzied intercourse behind a tree. But, it hasn’t quite panned out that way, and here in Blighty, we like to take to local parks in massive groups with buckets full of cold brewski, strange jazz cigarettes, frisbees, and wooden suitcases overflowing with delicious treats. With that in mind, we thought it time to share some excellent picnic recipes that even the most mud-brained doofus could manage. Today, Smoked Mackerel Pate.

One option, of course, is to buy this in a supermarket – Sainsburys do a nice one. But we’d rather you did it yourself. It’s easy. All you need is:

1. Smoked Mackerel fillets – you can buy these in little packets for about £1.50

2. Tub of cream cheese – normal size one, Philadelphia if you’re posh.

3. Creamy Horseradish Sauce – everyone’s got this.

4. A lemon – like an orange, only yellow.

5. Salt and Pepper – the kitchen equivalent of chalk and cheese.

Now, in the words of Jamie Oliver, chump up the mackerel, you know, mush it up, scrape it about, chunk it off. All of which means you need to hack it up a bit. Then add the cream cheese, a couple of teaspoons of horseradish, squeeze in half the lemon juice, pop in some salt and pepper. Now mix around like a maniac, and you’re done.

It should take around three minutes.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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