Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Fresh Way with Salmon

The Eating Well Rush Hour Cookbook
Editors of Eating Well
Eating Well Books (1994)
ISBN 1884943063

Somewhere (where?) I saw this book recommended then bought myself a second-hand copy since I frequently like recipes from Eating Well magazine. The book is organized into seasonal menus. When Ed asked for salmon for dinner, I found this nice menu, with Salmon on a Bed of Lentils (p207), Spinach & Citrus Salad (p208), and Cranberry-Pear Clafouti (p208),  planned it for the evening after shopping.

The whole menu takes about an hour to prepare and comes with a handy timetable for getting it all done. For this particular menu, you aren't rushed, but there are no "blank spaces" where you can have a rest or set the table. Nothing hectic, you just keep at it, step after step.

The lentil and salmon dish is rather French; I've made something very similar from a French cookbook. It's very simple to prepare. You sauté some shallots and garlic; add some chicken stock, lentils, a clove-studded onion, thyme, and S&P; simmer till the lentils are about 10 minutes from being done. Then add finely chopped turnip and carrot and cook till these are done. Finally put the salmon on top, steam-poach for a few minutes, and serve.


The go-with salad is also very nice. I might do this again with arugla/rocket/rucola, which would be just as good. Along with the greens, there are red onion slices that have been soaked in water to soften the taste, sections of red grapefruit, and a dressing of grapefruit juice, olive oil, grainy mustard, honey, and garlic.


And we finished off with a lovely clafoutis, using a winter pear and some cranberries, both roasted with some sugar before assembling the clafoutis. I did cut the sugar back on this recipe, using only 1/4 cup (rather than 1/3 cup) with the roasting fruit and two tablespoons (rather than 1/4cup) in the clafoutis batter.


Judging by this menu, this is a promising book, one I need to spend a bit more time with in the near future.

This post is shared with November's Cook Your Books challenge at Kitchen Flavors.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Kaye,
    This is a lovely meal. Poaching the salmon by steaming it over the lentils is a brilliant step! I have to take note of this.
    Both the dishes looks delicious including the dessert too. Clafoutis is one that I have not attempted to make yet, still on my list of to-try!
    Thanks for sharing with CYB!

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  2. Hi Kaye,
    This is a lovely meal. Poaching the salmon by steaming it over the lentils is a brilliant step! I have to take note of this.
    Both the dishes looks delicious including the dessert too. Clafoutis is one that I have not attempted to make yet, still on my list of to-try!
    Thanks for sharing with CYB!

    ReplyDelete