1 head romaine lettuce (or whatever greens you have handy–this is what I had handy) chopped
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 Tbs olive oil
While you are cooking your salmon (20 minutes at 425 for medium well–10 for rare), sautee all your veggies (not the lettuce!) over a medium heat in the olive oil. When your veggies are just barely tender, remove them from the heat, transfer into something chill safe, and chill enough that when you mix them into your lettuce, your lettuce doesn’t wilt.
Mix all your veg and lettuce and remove fish from the oven. Split into 2 large salads, top with 2 oz of goat cheese each, then lovingly nestle your salmon on top of the greens. This will serve 2 adults and one child–if the child splits half your salmon with you. You will have to peel and cut an apple for the child because he will look at the asparagus and start to cry. You will have enough salad left over for tomorrow’s lunch.
You won’t need dressing because the goat cheese serves as flavor, but you could make your tastebuds very happy with a few drizzles of balsamic vinegar.
The B Family went to Half Price Books last night, and I scored three new cookbooks, along with my Father-in-Law’s next holiday present. God bless him. He has suffered through nine years of crazy gifts from me. But he loved his talking George Bush doll, and his Chia Obama. Okay, loved is maybe too strong a word, but he did enjoy seeding Chia Obama’s ears, eyebrows and nostrils, so at least we know he was entertained.
Anyway, cookbooks. This is about cooking, not my inappropriate gift giving–I can’t even remember how that started. I get normal gifts for everyone else. Only Pop gets the nutjob treatment. Cookbooks.
I’ve done a fair amount of cooking today, for having only gotten started after four o’clock. I made my crackers this morning, then went to the grocery store and came home with the fixings for five recipes out of my new books. I also came home with steamed crab legs, cooked lobster tail, and shrimp cocktail because my mother has addicted my child to crustaceans and he has been begging me for crab for two weeks.
While I was resteaming the crab legs, I got started on Goat Cheese Tarts from the Step-by-Step cookbook. This is my kind of book! It is full of pictures, showing you how to, what to, and how it should look. I’m pretty visual. That helps me.
They don’t look like much, and I was actually afraid to eat one. I served them to B first, since I had finished cracking and cleaning his crab legs first. He said they were very good, so I tried one. Um…I have 4 left. I am saving them for tomorrow. Maybe.
But the relish is the thing. That relish is delicious! It is exactly the right balance between sweet and savory. Nom nom nom. Probably a ridiculous amount of calories per bite, but I don’t care. That’s good eatin’!
I had a lot of lobster left over, so I have made lobster salad. We’ll see how that is tomorrow, and if I like it, I’ll tell you what I threw together for that.