Lovely day, lovely meal.
I arrived home at 5:00 and Matt and I went out for a walk around our neighborhood to soak up the last bits of this gorgeous day. Looks like we have two more until the winds shift and bring in cold rain.
Upon returning home, I made a mocktail: POM + Seltzer + Cherry.
And we geared up for this delicious dinner!
The star of the show was Olive + Caper Crusted Salmon.
This was the first time we’ve successfully made frozen salmon! All the other times I didn’t care for the flavor/texture it produced. I concluded I must have gotten the wrong kinds. Kelsey swears by the frozen Trader Joe’s kind, so that’s what we got: Wild Sockeye. We thawed it overnight in the fridge and it was ready to go by dinnertime tonight. It turned out good, although not quite as good as some of the other wild Alaskan I’ve had. I’m still not sure what species my favorite is, but I don’t think it’s sockeye (which I find a little pinker and tougher). We will most definitely be getting more salmon from Trader Joes!
The tapenade topping was made with about 10 kalamata olives, 2-3 tbsp capers, a heaping tsp of dijon mustard and a tbsp of fresh oregano.
We pressed that onto the fish. I weighed the fish for the portion. The longer one was 5.5 oz, which Matt ate, and the other piece was 6 oz, which we cut in half for two perfectly portioned 3 oz pieces for me. One for now, one for later.
I will never buy breadcrumbs again. We pulverized some fresh (not even day old) dry focaccia in the food processor for about a minute and came out with perfect crumbs.
We got pressed onto the top of the fish. Into the oven (along with asparagus in the background) for 10 minutes at 425* until the internal temp was 131* (as recommended by Alton Brown). We likes ours medium rare.
The tapenade was quite salty with all those olives + capers, but the mild fish balanced it out very well.
We cooked a bunch of asparagus (drizzled with a little EVOO + kosher salt) alongside the fish –
Topped with a few extra bread crumbs 🙂
Lastly, we each had a piece of Matt’s freshly baked Focaccia. His piece was the size of half my plate!
I came home to find this wild bon voyage package in my mailbox from African Kelli. She has actually spend time at one of the other tea estates and had some good advice for me.
I opened it up to find a great selection of travel goodies!! All things that were on my “to buy” list 🙂 I have to say, I am most excited about the Kleenex Splash and Go wipes = brilliant for traveling!! Thanks so much Kelli!!
I should probably stay up and study some, but in an effort to get my body on worldly time, I’m thinking about going to bed soon and getting up at 5:30 even though I have no where to be tomorrow. I should be able to get a lot done between 5:30 and 10am when I normally get started on my work on T/TH. Wish me luck!