I don’t know if this is a common problem, but have you ever noticed packets of smoked salmon often go unopened despite your best intentions? I find this happens to me a lot, and there’s only so many oat cakes and blinis one can stomach before it all gets a bit passé. Well here’s another option: smoked salmon pasta. I first tried this out when cooking for S. and her dad while he was visiting and it worked out pretty well. Guys, this is a really easy one to impress the ladies as the salmon gives it an air of refinement, and it’s sophisticated enough that they’ll think you’ve been slaving over a hot stove for a while. But—if you plan it properly the cooking time is only about ten minutes. The key to this dish is using really fresh lemons and dill, and good quality pasta.