Blinis Served With Cured Salmon


I live in a village known for its beaches. Holiday time is quite a nightmare where I live, and so I prefer to use my car as seldom as possible. Our house is in a road one block away from one of the main roads leading into Gordons Bay, and this road is always busy. It is OK when we leave home in the car and have to turn left as we are turning into the traffic, and there is a robot a block away from us so there will be a break in the traffic. But going straight and turning right can take an age in season. In order for me to do my grocery shopping it is easier for me to walk. The walk is pleasant and all of two blocks, and these are really short blocks. I have to cross this main road to get to the supermarket and this in and of itself is a nightmare. At the end of our block is the local primary school. In order to accommodate the children crossing this busy road there is a pedestrian crossing. This crossing is manned in the morning before school and in the afternoons after school by the local traffic authority. This is necessary as drivers could not be bothered to stop at the pedestrian crossing. In Europe as soon as you put your foot onto the crossing, the cars stop. Here, I have to wait until there is a break in the traffic to cross at the pedestrian crossing. It makes me so angry as someone one day is going to get run over due to the drivers in this country not realizing that they are meant to stop at a pedestrian crossing when they see people. I wish my legs were long enough to kick the passing cars. I do gesticulate at the drivers but it does not help. The one pre dinner / cocktail party dish you will not consider a nightmare are these blinis. Dave and I were having friends over for a whisky tasting evening and I whipped up a batch of these during the afternoon which we enjoyed that night with our whisky.

Do you have the same problem with pedestrian crossings where you live?

Blinis Topped With Cured Salmon
Blinis Topped With Cured Salmon
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These are the ultimate cocktail party canapé and make a great one bite treat with a topping of your choice.
Recipe Category: Canapé
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Larousse Gastronomique page 106


for the fermentation

  • 1.25 mls yeast
  • 13 g bread flour sifted
  • 125 mls milk warmed

for the blinis

  • 1 egg separated
  • 62 g bread flour sifted
  • 75 mls milk warmed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 25 mls crème fraîche
  • 15 g butter melted


for the fermentation

  • Place the yeast, flour and milk into a large jug
  • Whisk together and leave to ferment for 20 minutes

for the blinis

  • Add the egg yolk, bread flour, milk and salt and whisk in
  • Leave to stand for 1 hour
  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff
  • Add the mixture, together with the
  • Whisk in until everything is properly combined
  • Heat a griddle pan and lightly oil
  • Using a tablespoon measure, pour the batter onto the griddle
  • When bubbles start to form leave for 30 seconds before turning over
  • Cook for a further minute
  • Transfer the cooked blinis to a plate
  • Brush with the melted butter


I used peppered mackerel for half and cured salmon for the rest.

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40 thoughts on “Blinis Served With Cured Salmon

  1. 5 stars
    Loving those close up shots of your little blinis appetizers. They look so good and I am sure much easier to eat then it is is to gather your groceries. I am very familiar with the nightmare of traffic in Hong Kong and even pedestrian traffic. A nice walk to to gather supplies is much better than all the hassle of driving. The only plus of driving is we would not have to wrestle with our bags and granny bags on the way home. Sharing!!!

  2. I agree with you about South African drivers. Gah! Can’t stand this entitlement mentality that makes people so unpleasant. I’ve never tried making blinis before so thanks for sharing the recipe. Maybe I will give it a bash when I get my kitchen mojo back. Wishing you all the best for the New Year! 🙂 xx

    1. I must say I have only crossed the road in London at a traffic light as there are far too many cars on the road there 🙂

  3. These look so perfect to enjoy along with a glass of whisky 🙂 Beautiful!

    I live in Boston and let’s just say drivers are a little bit crazy. BUT so are pedestrians and it also makes me nuts when they think they can cross the street at any time they please and cars should just stop for them!

  4. Wow, that is so frustrating for you, and sounds rather dangerous for anyone who uses the crossing. It isn’t really an issue here in Australia, although, I think it is ingrained in us from a young age to think for everyone around us too, don’t just walk out and expect a car to stop. Lovely blinis, thinking I will include these on my birthday party menu. 🙂

  5. Hi Tandy! Happy New year 🙂 These blinis look delicious, thanks for sharing!
    As for the pedestrian crossings here in Madrid, they’re just fine, but being such a touristic city, there are many crossings controlled with lights.
    Enjoy Sumner time, we are freezing over here! 😉

    1. I am making the most of summer! Some of our crossings are controlled by lights, but on those crossings the pedestrians cross no matter the colour of the light 🙂

  6. Oh, one of my favourites – Tandy – pedestrian crossings can be hit and miss here – cars are supposed to stop if you are on the crossing but it is always wise to be cautious!

  7. Well doesn’t this look lovely and delicious!! Im sure your guests will love these!! I LOVE salmon!! 🙂 YUM!

  8. 5 stars
    Your blinis look like delicious little morsels that I want to gobble down, Tandy! Your home sounds delightful, but, like everywhere, there are fools on the roads! Take care my friend.

  9. I live in NYC, I don’t think we even need to have a conversation about pedestrian crossing here Tandy LOL. I mean, if you do, let me know lol. Wonderful blinis :).

  10. People ignore zebra crossings here in Dubai, which is initially a shock as in the UK, as you say, the moment someone steps out the traffic comes to a halt. However, I read that this is going to be enforced soon – a good thing. Just hope the driver behind me realises this as I put on the brakes!!
    Love, love, love blinis and make mine with buckwheat flour.

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