They recently sent me a taste of Keta salmon, aka chum salmon. Don’t you think Keta is a prettier name
There are five species of salmon –
- King (Chinook)
- Sockeye (Red)
- Coho (Silver)
- Keta (Chum)
And now Keta. The Keta is known for being pink (as opposed to redish or orange in color) and mild. It was just that – a salmon for those who might not be wild (haha) about the fish. It almost reminded me of trout! As a salmon fanatic I still loved it.
Our go-to fish cooking technique is the pan-sear, oven finish. We season the fish with salt and pepper (and whatever else is the flavor du jour) and then cover a stainless steel skillet with some sunflower oil and place the fish skin-side up in the pan for a nice sear. Once we’re able to shake it in the pan, we flip and finish it by putting the pan and all in a 400* oven for about 10 minutes, until it looks cooked through and flakes with a fork. Or if you’re serving a lot, you could transfer to a baking sheet. This method never fails to produce a crispy fish!
When we visited Gina a few weeks ago she made the most delicious mashed sweet potatoes. Inspired, we made them ourselves this week (enough for two dinners!) I am not sure I have ever made mashed sweet potatoes before, but our technique was as follows:
Diced 3 large potatoes into big cubes and boiled for about 10 minutes, until tender. (I didn’t even peel them – the skins are my favorite part.) Then I drained and transferred them to a bowl where I used my stick blender to roughly mash. Worked like a charm! I added some butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cayenne and maple syrup to season. Absolutely loved them!! (Oh, and I pulled some out pre-seasoning for Mazen!)
For the kale salad, we pulled kale from the stalks and then literally massaged it with our hands with Garlic Gold oil (I just bought some more after a long hiatus!) and lime juice (about a tablespoon of each) and salt. Then I tossed in avocado and red pepper.
This meal could have easily had my favorite kale chips and sweet potato fries instead, but I’m glad we did something different.