About week ago, my co-worker, Mirta, told me her brother-in-law goes fishing in Canada. Well, he gave her a halved salmon, which weighed about seven pounds (3.18 kg). I wished I would have taken a picture of it. Mirta told me that her attempts to cook any of the salmon provided by her brother-in-law have been disastrous! Actually, her daughter told me that. So, I said, “Bring the salmon to me, and I will make dinner for you!” As you may imagine, seven pounds salmon provides more than one meal.
On the first night, I made salmon and pineapple, the featured image. I should have taken the picture after it was baked! I snapped this one just before baking. I does not look as interesting. My friend share this with me. Here’s the recipe:
1 pineapple cut into flat slices (or 1 can of pineapple rings)
Spread the pineapple on the bottom of a baking sheet. Lay the salmon, skin side down, on top of the pineapple. Then mix the topping.
Combine in a bowl:
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) melted butter
- 3 tablespoons (45mL) sweet chili sauce
- 1 small handful of chopped cilantro
- 3 -4 cloves minced garlic
- 3 teaspoons (15 mL) sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) piri-piri style spice (Pequin chilies, Spanish paprika, salt, lemon peel, and Greek oregano)
Mix well and spread on salmon. Bake at 375 degrees (190.6 Celsius) until salmon begins to become opaque and shows a little whitish “ooze”. It also begins to flake a bit. Before I put the salmon on the table, I toss toasted, crushed sesame seeds and copped green onions.
Mirta, her daughter and two friends joined us for this meal. I served it with a Sauvignon Blanc, sauteed green beans, and brown rice with a Waldorf salad made with Colorado honey crisp apples. We ate only one quarter of the salmon, which meant three more nights of “left-overs.”
Salmon Fried Rice for Breakfast
The next morning, since we had the salmon and the rice, we make breakfast friend rice.
I love to use my wok, so this is the perfect time for it.
Sweat green onions and celery. Add two eggs. Cook until eggs are finished. I used the left-over green beans from the previous night and a few chunks of the pineapple. Add cubed carrots and peas. Add cooked rice. (Ours is cooked in a rice cooker, which keeps it at the proper temperature for two days). Add the Salmon. Season with soy sauce and Siracha. Cook it all well. Serve hot!
The Third night: Salmon and Rice
My husband’s mother grew up on Hawai’i. She and her family came to the Islands from the Azores. One of Mama Mathilda’s favorite dishes was “salmon and rice” which she made from canned salmon. for this recipe, I used another chunk of the fresh salmon from two nights ago.
- Saute onion, celery until translucent
- Add one can of stewed tomatoes
- Add 1/4 cup (59 mL) white wine
Cook until sauce has thickened. Then add 16 ounces (0.453 kg) salmon. Cook until the salmon is cooked through and the sauce is rather thick. Serve over hot rice.
On the fourth and final day of using Mirta’s salmon, my plan was to make salmon patties to be served with toasted sourdough bread and condiments. However, after a long day at work, I got lazy and made salmon fried rice again! I do not have the habit of preparing the same meal twice in a week, but we really like salmon fried rice! Mostly, I followed my recipe, as previously outlined, but this time, I used the remaining roasted pineapple, which gave a wonderfully sweet and savory flavor. We enjoyed this meal with sparkling water as our beverage.
Even when the most horrid day at work happens, there remains the delights of creating something tasty for an evening meal. It’s great therapy and good medicine!
My favorite cookbooks are those without measurements, like Pino Luongo’s There’s a Tuscan in the Kitchen. He tells stories of the foods of his region in Italy. He describes the history and the genealogy of the region, and outlines what you need to make these dishes. Because he describes the emotions and the tastes, he leaves it to the reader to determine the measurements. I’ve made some of my guests’ favorite dishes from that book. As previously blogged, also I love Sean Sherman’s The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen. It reminds me of my grandmothers’ cooking. Experiment in your kitchen!
Thank you for reading.