Friday, July 16, 2010

What's for Dinner? Stuffed Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Cauliflower, Grilled Pak-Choi, and Potato Medley

The Salmon was bough fresh and whole. I deboned/cleaned it and slathered in a healthy dose of olive oil and rubbed with sea salt, cracked pepper, and the remainders of the many different herbs that I have been accumulating and that have dried out. I also laid down a bed of shallots between the layers. Then I tied it up with butchers twine and tucked in some lemon and basil and parsley and roasted it for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven. (It took a while for the heat the penetrate through to the centre.
(See before and after pictures of the raw --> cooked salmon)
*Buying the salmon whole and uncleaned cost about 12$, and we have considerable leftovers after feeding the family. We could have easily spent that much on 2-3 fillets of the same fish. Spending a half an hour fussing over it with tweezers and scissors and a chef's knife can save you a great deal of $$.

I roasted the cauliflower to bring out more flavour, as well as to match the 'grilled' look of the salmon. Steamed cauliflower would have been a downer to the plate.

The pak-choi was picked up from the farm last week and was just grilled in a non-stick pan with EV olive oil and salt.

The potato medley was basically 1 local potato, chopped up in hashbrowns and cooked until crispy then spinach was added as well as cooked diced green beans. Not fancy, but a nice simple compliment to fish.

I made a salad on the side to use up our leftover vegetables from the week. Cucumbers, tomatoes, kohlrabi, s&p, best olive oil and quality balsamic. The easiest salad in the world and one of my favourite for years!!

Took about an hour and a half from start to finish... but hey, it's a Friday.

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