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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 2, Friday

Cherry Tomato and Pesto Pastry
Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Avocado Pasta

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Remember that puff pastry can be thawed and frozen 2 or 3 times.  This will use half of a sheet. We served the pasta at room temperature, so no work after the pastries.  We like things easy for summer cooking....

Cherry Tomato and Pesto Pastries pastry

Total time: 25 minutes
     Other than giving the leek a quick sauté, this is just a matter of assembling and baking. You can use any semi-soft cheese ( Brie or Camembert), but I prefer a slightly aged Chevre (goat).  It normally comes log-shaped (long, round), and wrapped in paper.  It will have a thin rind that is an edible part of the cheese. 

pesto pastry Ingredients:

tomato pastry Instructions:

Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Asparagus Pasta 

Total time: 30 minutes
   I used cold-smoked, moist, Irish smoked salmon, but use any type you like.  It will cook, ever so slightly, while it warms with the pasta.

Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Asparagus Pasta Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, pot and colander for pasta, medium
saucepan , small skillet, large skillet, baking sheet

Thaw puff pastry if needed
Turn oven on 420F (210C)
Put water on high heat for pasta
Put water on high heat for asparagus
Poach salmon
Trim, slice leek
Sauté all leek in 2 tsp oil in skillet
Trim asparagus
Blanch asparagus
Snip herbs
Drain, refresh asparagus
Cut all cherry tomatoes
Cut pastry, score around edge

Slice goat cheese if needed
Remove leeks from heat, divide
Use half the leeks for pastries
Start to cook pasta
Assemble pastries, bake
Sliced smoked salmon
Remove fresh salmon, break into chunks
Cut avocado
     Pause while pasta cooks
Return leeks to heat, add asparagus, sauté
Drain pasta
Remove pastries
Add smoked salmon, etc. to skillet, heat
Add pasta, avocado, poached salmon, warm
Put pasta in serving bowl
Serve pastries
Done?
Serve pasta