Salmon with wild rocket salad & Kaya toast

I bought some wild rocket from Gaswork farmers market on Saturday. They look quite different from the rocket that we are used to. The darker green leaves are narrow and tasted much more peppery. I love the little yellow flowers sticking out from the bunch. It reminded me that Spring is here even though the morning was cold and wet. I bought a bunch and had in mind to get some fresh salmon this Sunday lunch.

Wild rocket

Wild rocket

It had been a stressful Sunday morning trying to make the Kaya. Mister was still in the corner of the kitchen stirring the kaya mixture while I prepared lunch.


  • 2 pieces of fresh Salmon
  • Fresh wild rocket leaves
  • 3 swiss mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • Roasted almond flakes
  • 1 clove of Spanish garlic
  • Seasoning
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 lemon


  1. Heat pan with a dash of olive oil and butter. Saute sliced Swiss mushrooms into the hot pan and coat with garlic and butter. Remove after a minute. Do not cook down the mushrooms.
  2. Add the mushrooms and garlic into the rocket. Pour a good dosh of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice and seasoning accordingly. Sprinkle almond flakes on top. Leave aside.
  3. Place salmon into a hot pan of olive oil and butter skin side down for 5 mins and then turn and fry it for 1 min before placing it in a 180 oven to cook for another 2 – 4 mins (depending on the thickness of the fish)
  4. Allow it to rest. Plate up with the light wild rocket salad with a slice of lemon on the side
Salmon with wild rocket salad

Salmon with wild rocket salad

The kaya experience was a near failure. Not sure what happened but the eggs began to scramble under low heat. I guess the heat was not low enough and I was not stirting vigorously enough. Mister had a brilliant idea, he quickly sieved the mixture into a pot. He then chucked the sieved mixture back on a lower heat and started stiring. He rescued the kaya! Thanks hunnie! So until I perfect the recipe, I will not be posting it. But this is how it looked like after an hour of continous stirring :)

More photos here – Flickr The texture is not as smooth and the colour needs a lot of improvement! But at least we got the taste bang on :)

kaya toast

kaya toast

We just had to have it with toast and dunked in soft boiled egg. It wasn’t perfect but we still managed to make it work. Mister said that the aroma and kaya making process reminded him of his Grandma and was feeling quite nostalgic¬†about the whole experience. Even though there were only 4 ingredients, I think I was just over confident and too eager. Lesson learnt. I will try again till I get it right.

What do you do when you fail in a recipe? Please share your experiences.