Smoked mackerel can be bought or ordered from most good fishmongers – it is always moist and full of flavour. It is good eaten just filleted with lemon juice squeezed over it But for a change this is a delicious way to use it.
Cut the mackerel open and take out the flesh leaving the skin and bones. Arrange the pieces of fish in a shallow dish. Into a bowl put the cream cheese, smoked cod’s roe (if you buy it in a piece take the skin off first) and the lemon juice and mash up very thoroughly with a fork; if you have a liquidiser it is much easier to do it in that and makes a smoother sauce. Add a lot of black pepper a