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at home’s guest chef Dawn Orrells: salmon and pea pasta

This fortnight, I’ll be showing you how to make salmon and pea pasta bathed in a cream cheese and mustard sauce. The mustard element is down to my friend’s influence, as it’s an ingredient that I don’t use often enough. There is a hint of summer in the dish to give you all a glimpse of the warmer weather but even better, the dish is good for your waistline!

The new year has already been eventful for me, and we are only eighteen days in! I have been invited to both Market Kitchen and Saturday Kitchen, all be it as a guest and not a cook… yet! However, I’m sure being a guest and tasting all that food will be just as good. Plus, I can add to to my list of celebrity chefs that I’ve met too!

I paid a visit to a lovely restaurant in Swansea called La Parrilla serving simple, delicious Mediterranean style food, prepared using the freshest and finest ingredients – on this occasion, I enjoyed a gorgeously well cooked steak. A few days later I went to The Grape and Olive, the tallest building in not only Swansea, but the whole of Wales. Me and my friends Ian, Steve and Bec enjoyed a coffee overlooking the bays surrounding us – it was a great afternoon. Both places are highly recommended to anyone wishing to have a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee in Swansea.

I have included a photo of Action For Children’s centenary cake that I baked for their 100th Year in Wales celebrations which took place on 3rd January/ Needless to say, it all went!

This week, I also heard that my friend, Julie Kiss, who I met during GMTV‘s Chefs at Sea competition, has made it to the final three in cooking comp Bake A Dish For Corrie  with her dish of spiced corned beef pie! She will be appearing on This Morning on the 24th Jan and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish her best of luck in winning!

Well, I hope everyone is still on track with their resolutions… mainly their diets! I’m pleased to say that I’m only a few pounds off the weight I was before I went on the cruise! How come the weight goes on so easily, but it’s so much hard work to lose? On the upside, I am enjoying exercising with an incentive!
Keep up the hard work!

Salmon and pea pasta with cream cheese and mustard sauce


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 400g pasta
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 3tbsp light cream cheese
  • A splash of milk
  • 2tsp wholegrain mustard (depending on taste)
  • Seasoning


  1. Bake the salmon fillets for 8 mins, until just done and set aside to rest.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water, according to packet instructions.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add the cream cheese, milk and mustard and seasoning and combine well.
  4. Finally flake the fish softly and add along with the peas.

Other recipes from Dawn
Chocolate and raspberry torte
Smoked haddock fishcakes
Homemade scones
Butternut squash and bacon risotto
Chocolate and lime cream pie
Pork with fig and chilli stuffing
Carribbean Christmas cake
Turkey, bacon and brie quesadillas
Christmas cheesecake
Pork with pear cider and sage butter
Low fat fruity mousse

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