Rosemary Salmon with Quinoa and Mango Salsa

This recipe is simple, healthy and protein-packed. It combines mildly sweet, savory, nutty and tangy flavors. It’s a nice meal to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

What you need.

  • quinoa
  • salmon
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • mango, diced
  • avocado, diced
  • diced red pepper
  • red onion, minced
  • parsley (or cilantro)
  • fresh lemon juice

How you make it.

  1. Start off by cooking your quinoa, according to instructions. (For nice fluffy quinoa, cover the pot with a top and simmer on low).
  2. While your quinoa is cooking, prepare your salsa. Mix mango, avocado, red pepper, onion, herbs and lemon juice (1 TBSP for 2 servings)
  3. Season your salmon with thyme, salt and pepper. Place butter in a pan and melt, throw in rosemary sprigs, add salmon on top of rosemary and cook on medium-high until 1/2 way cooked and golden brown. Flip salmon and do the same for the opposite side.

Enjoy!

Sourdough Pizza

I think I’ve died and gone to pizza dough heaven. Recently, I tried my hand at making sourdough pizza. The rise time is longer than a recipe using commercial yeast, but I think the process is actually easier. The dough browned beautifully and had an incredible crunch and slightly acidic taste.

You can start this dough in the morning and by the time you return home in the evening, most of the work will already be done.

The below recipe makes enough for two thin crust pizzas

What you need.

  • 3 c flour
  • 4 TBSP starter
  • 3/4 c luke warm water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP olive oil

How you make it.

  1. In a cup or bowl, mix water and starter, until the starter dissolves. Add honey and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the starter mixture and oil. Mix well, use a wooden spoon (and your hands) to incorporate all the ingredients until you have what resembles a messy dough ball.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, place it in a warm area of the house and let it rise 10 – 12 hours, it should double in size.
  4. After the dough has risen, knead it for about 5 – 10 minutes, cover with the plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to the highest setting.
  6. Split the dough in half you can freeze one, if you don’t plan on making both. Roll out the dough and top with your ingredients of choice. I used mozzarella, salmon, chives, and tomato sauce and mushrooms.
  7. Bake the pizza for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

Quick Pan-Seared Herb-Crusted Salmon

I typically try to post on Mondays, however I came down with the flu on Sunday. The hubs quarantined me in the bedroom and forced me out of the kitchen. He served me snacks, tea and even gave me a little bell to ring if  I needed him to bring me anything else. I’ll admit it, I rang the bell once or twice *hides in shame*. It was my chance to have a  Downton Abbey experience (minus the sprawling estate, fabulous 1920s attire and the artillery of maids).

Now all is back to normal and I’m back in the kitchen, apron and all. Here’s a quick recipe for salmon. If you love salmon and are short on time, this recipe is perfect. It’s packed with flavor and will be on the dinner table within 15 – 20 minutes.

What you need.

  • (Wild) salmon with skin
  • dried pepper, sea salt, red pepper, thyme, dill (or your seasoning of choice)
  • olive oil
  • fresh lemon, to taste

How you make it.

  1. Season both sides of the salmon
  2. Heat about 3 – 4 TBSP (or enough to cover the surface of your fish) of olive oil in pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully place salmon in the pan – skin side down. Cook the salmon for about 4 minutes.
  4. Flip the salmon and cook for about 1 -2 minutes. Pour a small amount of water about 1/8 cup or enough to barely cover the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan, to create a steam effect. Cook salmon (still on med-hi heat) for about 5 minutes and allow it to absorb the water.  If you have a very thick piece, it might take 8 – 10 minutes.

Serve with a side of rice and salad and you’re good to go!