This is an embarrassingly easy recipe that literally takes five minutes.  It’s not dissimilar to smoked snoek pâté, a popular South African specialty. Try it with a Sauvignon Blanc to cut through the oiliness of the fish.

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  • 4 to 5 smoked mackerel fillets
  • 300g Philadelphia soft cheese (use Philly light if you’re watching the calories)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce
  • Black pepper


Remove the skin from the fillets (if they come with skins).  Pop everything in the blender and blast. Scoop it  into a nice presentation terrine dish (or individual ramekins) and pop in the fridge for a few hours to set before serving.  Serve with decent brown bread or some fancy crackers with a wedge of lemon on the side.

I tried this with Fleur du Cap Savvy B and it was a great match.  This wine has been described like this: “smells like an early spring day after several hours in the yard – fresh cut grass, hedge trimming (seriously!), lavender, roses, and gooseberries. On the palate, juicy and delicious.”