Salmon fishing in Brianza!

A few years ago my husband and his favourite travel buddy, a 6ft dutchman called Krijn, visited Yemen and came home more excited than I think I’ve ever seen him. The wonder of the buildings, the people, the culture…not to mention the many hundreds of photos (one of which went on to be published in National Geographic and win a “photo of merit” award). So the other night when he suggested we watch the film “Salmon fishing in the Yemen” I was convinced I was in for a dry night in front of the telly watching some dull documentary on fishing. Not so!

It turns out that “Salmon fishing in the Yemen” is one of the funniest films that I’ve seen in a long while and yes, as the name suggests, it does involve salmon and fishing. With Ewan McGregor cast as, guess what, a Scottish fisherman slash fisheries expert and Emily Blunt as his love interest I passed a very pleasant hour and a half in front of the box roaring with laughter.

The power of suggestion is however great and as my stomach rules my head I was left with a strong craving for some Scottish smoked salmon by the end of the film. Living in Brianza, Italy can sometimes feel as isolated as the Yemen. Would my local supermarket stock it? The first had only Norwegian salmon. Pah! The second, nothing, but the third, bingo, Scottish smoked salmon. And that’s how you go about salmon fishing in Brianza!

Scottish smoked salmon with sweet and salty toast

ingredients: Scottish smoked salmon, thinly sliced white or wholemeal bread, brown sugar, salt, olive oil, fresh lemon, black pepper


preparation: 10 minutes

1. Take your sliced bread and lay on a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 180c
2. Brush the bread with olive oil and then sprinkle with equal amounts of brown sugar and fine salt and to finish freshly ground black pepper.


3. Bake until golden for c. 10 mins turning half way through.
4. Lay the salmon out on a plate with the lemon.


Once the toast is ready serve immediately and eat warm. Something about salt and sugar works well with salmon or at least it does in my eyes. Enjoy!

6 Responses to “Salmon fishing in Brianza!”
  1. It is so hard to get decent Scottish smoked salmon stateside. It is lovely stuff.

  2. Would love to try this salmon.

  3. chef mimi says:

    1. First, it’s good to know about the movie – I’d come across it but the title is off-putting 2. That is my idea of a perfect lunch!

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