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food: potato pancake with smoked salmon

okay, so i’ve posted about this dish before, but on sunday we took it to new magical levels.

the potato pancake recipe that i used previous involved blending an onion and potato for the binder… but in this version, we simply grated a potato, squeezed out all the liquid and bound it with 2 eggs.
we also added green onions and fresh chopped rosemary.  the rosemary was a stroke of genius, if i do say so myself.  of course, there was also salt & pepper.

i fried them in butter and then let them continue to cook in the oven while i assembled everything else.

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one of the things that i feel really *makes* this dish is the micro greens.

i used to believe this was just some sort of fru-fru garnish that restaurants used to fancy stuff up… but when used properly, the make a lovely addition to the dish.  they’re crunchy and fresh, but not too in-your-face about it.
and you get a variety of flavours like you would with regular mixed greens, but in a much milder way.  i love them.  (thanks trader joes)

think of them as upgraded sprouts.  (if that helps)

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then the smoked salmon…
ah, the glorious smoked salmon.

i’m a BC girl.  i love this stuff.
this is cold smoked, thick sliced wild BC salmon.
mmm-hmmm.

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the next necessary item?
the farm fresh egg, poached soft.  extra soft.

we buy eggs from a local farm and the yolks are so golden and gorgeous, they’ve renewed my love of eating eggs.
free range and naturally fed chickens… happy chickens make happy eggs.
my husband is an egg snob.  he insists on these.

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i only eat one egg, my husband does his with two.

then we mixed up a little organic sour cream with some fresh cut chives and dolloped it on.
top with micro greens…

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and voila!
dinner!

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food: salmon cakes

i came home from work the other day and realized that i had no meat in my house.
when you eat paleo, not having meat is a meal-killer.
and then i remembered… i *do* have meat.  i have canned salmon.
and i also have a recipe that uses said canned salmon.

thanks once more to my primal blueprint cookbook, i made their delightful fish cake recipe for my meal.
it was dead simple and really really tasty.
this recipe made 8 cakes – served 2 of us.

Paleo Salmon Cakes

  • 2 cans of good quality canned salmon – no bones/skin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions or scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • oil/butter for pan frying
  1. drain salmon and combine in a small mixing bowl with eggs, lemon juice, herbs, seasoning and coconut flour
  2. form into patties
  3. pan fry in batches until golden brown.  i kept mine hot in the toaster oven while cooking the others

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i served it with lemon caper mayo, which you’re supposed to make your own mayo for, but that’s just not happening on a work night.
so i used mayo from the fridge and added lemon juice, lemon zest and chopped capers… and dried jalapenos.
it worked wonderfully.

i served it with other things that were hanging around my fridge… peppers and broccoli.
and ta-da… dinner!

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food: latkes & other delights

the other day my husband came home with an idea for smoked salmon & latkes.  because let’s face it, that shit is delicious.
i’ve never actually made a latke… and my understanding was that we’d need some sort of flour to make it hold together… but thanks to the magic of google, i managed to find a way to make it happen.

we started with some baby yellow potatoes.  in truth, larger ones would have been far easier to grate.  but you make do with what you’ve got.
so i grated about 8 to 10 of those little guys…
then in a blender (because i have no food processor – yet.) i blended 1 white onion and 4 whole potatoes.
here’s the fun part… you have ring that out and get all the moisture you can out.  so i combined the grated taters and the blended mix and hung it in a cheesecloth for about 15 minutes.  i squeezed out all the water i could, then put the mix in a bowl.
added 1 egg, salt & pepper and 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tbsp of cornstarch and mixed.
i formed them into patties and fried them until brown in lots of butter/oil and then let them cook through in the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes while we prepped everything else.

i should have taken a latkes only picture.  they were real pretty.

then we soft poached some eggs, piled on the smoked salmon, topped with a dollop of sour cream, micro greens, green onion & capers.
voila!

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i was pretty excited about the micro greens.  they make all my meals look like fancy restaurant eats.  thanks trader joe’s.

this was pretty much a perfect meal.  so many flavours and textures going on… the crunchy potato cake, the soft salmon & egg… creamy yolk & sour cream and the finishing fresh taste of the greens.
yup.  good call husband.

 

here’s something else i’ve been eating like it’s going out of style…
cauliflower.

if you cut cauliflower into bit-sized pieces and toss them in olive oil, garlic salt, salt & pepper and roast it at 400 for a few minutes until they’re golden and delicious, you have one of the best snacks ever.
for all you lovers of kale chips, you should add this shit to your repertoire.

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food: salmon in parchment

it seems to me like this whole paleo/giving up wheat thing is pretty popular among some of my friends right now… and as i mentioned in an earlier post, i’m intrigued.  my friend jen posted about it the other day – http://jenasherself.wordpress.com and i’ve been trying to do some more reading about it when i have time (when that is, i’m not exactly sure)

in any event, i’ve been making an active effort to avoid wheat in my meals.  this is HARD.  especially when you’re not planning ahead.  like most things, i guess… planning is the key.
yesterday i found myself at work with no food… okay, so breakfast is easy, i have oatmeal, but lunch?  the only thing really accessible is sandwiches or frozen meals.  eek.  i ended up going with a salad from safeway and a box of rice crackers, which was fine, but obviously i need to get some better ideas than just salad or i’ll go crazy.

at home, where i have options and can make things from scratch, it gets easier.  and my husband is on board (kinda) so when he makes meals, he’s trying his best too.  he doesn’t really have the same struggles with wheat that i do, so he doesn’t fully wrap his brain around the importance of it… he’s more just trying to be a good husband and be supportive (awww, right?  what a guy)

on tuesday i came home to this fabulous meal waiting for me:

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that makes me hungry just looking at this photo.

the salmon was cooked with slices of orange, a sprig of fresh rosemary & a little hot sauce from our collection and wrapped up in parchment to steam.  takes about 12 minutes in the oven – no dish washing required, dead easy.

the vegetable mixture is butternut squash, asparagus & tomatoes.  it’s been pan roasted with a little butter, white wine to deglaze the pan and fresh sage.  he also roasted & seasoned the squash seeds and tossed them in at the end.

and let me tell you, i in no way felt like i was “missing” anything when i ate it.  it was fresh, healthy & simple clean food.  which makes natalie a happy girl.

i had forgotten all about the fun of cooking in parchment.
obviously, it’s ideal for seafood, but vegetables, chicken… anything like that works well in parchment too.  and i love these zero to low cleanup dishes, especially on a weekday.
not to mention that you can cook whatever without added butter or oil if you desire… although, i must say that if you put butter mixed with herbs & anchovy in with say, a piece of sole, it comes out to be pretty magical.