Karen Wright: Hassle-free Hasselback potatoes served with baked salmon fillet

Cooking shouldn’t be a hassle, especially nowadays when there are so many gadgets around to use when preparing food.
Hasselback potatoes are easy to do using my tipHasselback potatoes are easy to do using my tip
Hasselback potatoes are easy to do using my tip

However, sometimes an everyday utensil can come in very handy. For example, when making Hasselback potatoes, a healthy and attractive way of cooking potatoes.

Originating in Sweden, they are roast potatoes, cut just over halfway through into fan-like slices, rubbed with oil and spices, and baked in the oven.

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It can be quite difficult to slice through the potato without cutting right through so here are a couple of hacks.

Use a metal skewer and push it right through, about a third of the way from the bottom horizontally. The skewer stops the knife and you can make nice thin slices. Then remove the skewer.

Nigella Lawson recommends using a wooden spoon. The potato sits in the spoon and the raised edges stop the knife cutting all the way through.

I serve my hassle-free potatoes with salmon. I try to include an oily fish a couple of times a week. Salmon and mackerel are my favourites.

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Salmon is so easy to cook. I usually bake it in the oven for about ten minutes and then just give it a squeeze of lemon and grind of salt. Delicious!

Now that July is here I feel very optimistic about summer. For me, there are lots of things to look forward to, both work-wise and socially.

On Sunday I chatted on BBC Radio Leeds for Independence Day ... talking burgers!

Also 5 Towns Radio is restarting so I will be resuming my weekly show soon. This radio station is a community station broadcast from The Hut in Airedale. We are always on the lookout for presenters and contributors. It really is a lot of fun. If you or anyone you know would like more info, please contact me via my website.

For more tips and recipes go to http://www.karenwrightbakes.co.uk