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July 6, 2012: Salmon!

So Friday was the big sirloin steak sale at Whole Foods – so I went and bought my 2 pounds worth! Though my intention was to freeze it, as I had eaten a fair share of beef lately. There was also some salmon on sale, so I ended up buying a couple fillets of sockeye salmon.

So the first thing I did was cook broccoli that I bought – again, a wonderful sweet flavor. Though I realized that the sweetness came from the stem, after I had finished cooking it, and I wished that I had cooked the stem pieces as well!

Seasoned sockeye salmon, with garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.

While the broccoli was cooking, I seasoned the salmon using salt and pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. After the broccoli was done, I used some oil to pan fry the salmon (I would have rather used olive oil, but lacking that, perhaps next time I could try using butter or margarine). I went non-skin side first to get some crusting of the spices, then flipped it over.

Instant mashed potatoes

And lastly, while the fish was cooking, I prepared a bag of instant mashed potatoes. I used two cups of milk instead of two cups of water, and microwaved it – it went in as a liquid and came out a solid! (Scary stuff!) Though good, I don’t think I hit the best combination – the texture was a bit off; not quite solid enough – next time, I’d probably use half milk and half water.

Love the color on the fish

Potatoes, fish, and broccoli plated

As for the fish, I flipped it over about 4 minutes in, to let the skin side get a little crispy. When it was almost cooked through, I took it off the stove and let it sit; then I did plating. In all, a great choice – I could taste my spices, but still taste the salmon, and the broccoli had that wonderful sweet flavor to it. Great choice for dinner!

Delicious!

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