Thursday, February 19, 2009

more recipes from ellie

For dinners, I've been cooking more recipes from "The Foods You Crave" book. One night was the "salmon with sweet and spicy rub". I used sashimi grade salmon, mainly because I was lazy and didn't want to bother with picking/pulling out bones. The salmon came out really moist, tender and delicious.

I served this with "asparagus with lemon and tarragon". She suggests nuking the asparagus, but I steamed mine.

This was a good match since fish is usually served with lemon.

Another recipe I tried was "salmon cakes with ginger-sesame sauce". Since I only had a can of smoked halibut, that is what I used. The halibut was firmer and smoky in flavor, (because it was smoked) so the cakes were a bit dry. Still, it was an easy recipe. Also, I didn't make the ginger-sesame sauce and instead made her "smarter tartar sauce" since I didn't think the ginger sesame sauce would match with the smokiness of the cakes.

I served this with steamed broccoli and the lemon and tarragon dressing, the same dressing as the asparagus. I think this dressing would work with steamed beans or actually any warm vegetable.

Since I only made half the recipe of the salmon cakes, I had one egg left in my carton. As I flipped through the book, I noticed that her recipes for muffins makes 12 with 2 eggs, so I cut the recipe in half and made 6 muffins with my last egg.

The muffin recipe I tried was the "apple-pecan muffin". The recipe calls for applesauce and buttermilk. I didn't have applesauce and wasn't going to buy (or look for it at the store) or make it, so I instead subbed some yogurt in place for both the applesauce and buttermilk.

I also didn't have wheat flour, so I added some ground flax. The muffins had just a touch of sweetness from the apples and topping. It was perfect for breakfast.

I hope to try even more recipes from this book. You can find most of these recipes on the Food Network site.


Tamakikat said...

Hi Kat,

I like the sound of those recipes.
After another trip to Costco last week my freezer is now loaded with salmon and I usually have an apple and yogurt in the fridge so it looks like I'm all set to give them a try. Will let you know how it goes:)

Kia pai tou raa. (=Maori for 'Have a good day.)


K and S said...

Hope you like these recipes, Tamakikat!

Take care.

Debinhawaii said...

I have to start cooking again from this book. Everything you made looks great! That salmon is gorgeous!

K and S said...

Thanks Deb, I hope you do re-connect with the book, there are so many great and easy recipes! The 2nd time I made the salmon it got a little "darker" :0

Take care.

Abigail said...

What a good idea to use sashimi salmon! I hate the bones, too. I'll have to try that sometime.

K and S said...

The recipe calls for you to pick out the bones Abigail and I wasn't about to do that, I hope you like this :)

Take care.

OkiHwn said...

Boy, Satoshi is one lucky guy!

K and S said...

Thanks Nate, I'll tell him what you said :)

Take care.

Kathy said...

Mmm I bet the asparagus dish would be awesome with a sunny side up egg over the top ^_^

Mike the Waiter said...

I thought I was the only one who froze my salmon from costco! We affectionately call it our "kirkland" river salmon... :)
peace to all from Indiana, USA

K and S said...

ooh I'll have to try that Kathy :)

Peace to you too, Mike!

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

You look like you've been eating good yourself! It's been awhile since we ate salmon. Wish I could just reach in and grab a piece of that food!

K and S said...

we should trade living spaces for a month or so, Rowena :)

Take care.