craved fish today.
perused my donna hay ‘seasons’ cookbook.
found a couple salmon recipes.
at least two of them involving fennel.
decided on pan-fried salmon with fennel salad.
bought some salmon.
made some adjustments.
and had my fish fix for the week.
here’s my adapted recipe (original from donna hay’s ‘seasons’) for 2 servings
2 salmon fillets, skin removed (150 – 200 g per fillet)
sea salt & pepper
1 bulb fennel, trimmed & sliced thinly
handful of baby spinach leaves
handful basil leaves
1 orange, peeled & thinly sliced
handful toasted sliced almonds
2 Tablespoons mustard (dijon)
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sugar, or honey
1/4 cup olive oil (i use extra virgin 1st cold pressed)
sea salt & freshly cracked pepper
make dressing by combining all ingredients & whisking together.
slice veggies, prepare the salad, set aside.
heat a large skillet over medium heat.
brush salmon fillets with olive oil; sprinkle with salt & pepper.
place in hot pan, add thyme leaves & capers to pan, along with butter.
cook for 3-5 minutes on each side (or per your preference).
while fish is cooking, toss salad with dressing & start plating it.
sprinkle almonds on top of salad.
take fish off the stove, and let cool 1 minute.
serve & drink with your favorite wine.
(a dry white is probably best. but if you only have red lying around, it’ll work in a pinch
notes: the capers, butter & thyme were my additions. butter is better, and i love capers. also the orange & the almonds. also, there was thinly sliced red onion in the salad, but i decided i didn’t like it. you might, though.
*photos in this post taken with my i-phone. yes. i was lazy.
while in california i wasn’t just shooting carol + sam.
also had a session with katie + daniel.
they were so much fun.
i think they were laughing for at least half of our time together.
loved katie’s choice of royal blue sweater.
i wrote about my friend emily a while back.
she’s pretty great.
we have a love for food in common. (although, that’s not the only thing that makes us friends. right emily?)
she does simple living much better than i do.
gets produce from a CSA.
eggs from a neighbour.
last time i visited her + her husband in may, i got to tag along when she went to collect her eggs.
we made friends with the neighbour’s dog + visited the chickens from whence the eggs came.
i live in the city + am happy to live in a place with chickens in the yard.
but i still sometimes yearn for rural living. much simpler. more wholesome.
these eggs we went to collect?
most definitely free-range.
i have photographic evidence.
see for yourself:
my boyfriend made this for(of) me:
i have really wonderful friends.
below are meghan & erin.
we met at a coffee shop.
vivacious spirit for life.
encourages & inspires.
introduced me to more wonderful friends.
adina & erin (below) are a couple of them.
& then she moved away.
loves mayne island.
& bruce springsteen.
meghan had a quick visit in the spring, & i was lucky enough
to have brunch with her & erin.
we went to cafe medina.
heaven by the mouthful.
camping is fun.
taking video while camping is fun.
editing camping video footage is surprisingly, also fun.
camp & frolic from joey armstrong on Vimeo.
edit: make sure you watch to the very end.
or you will miss the best part.