Well, it was girls night to go see “Sex and the City”, which didn’t include me. But when Andie’s not here for dinner, it gives me the opportunity to cook fish, and other things she just won’t eat … which is really kind of a broad range of food. But I digress. Tonight, it was Salmon and Asparagus.
This part was easy. Trim the ends off the asparagus, melt some butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat, saute a little garlic in the butter, then throw in the spears with a little kosher salt. Toss for 5 or 6 minutes until the spears are just getting tender, and then plate. It’s really, really simple and really, really good,
The fish is a bit more complicated, but not much. I used a grill pan and pre-heated my oven to 425. Spray the pan with non-stick spray. Combine some vegetable oil, balsamic, garlic powder, and herbs and brush it on the fish. Place it skin side down in the grill pan and roast for about 15 minutes. Then sprinkle on some shredded Parmesan cheese and roast for another 10 minutes.
When you take the fish out of the grill pan, if you don’t care for the skin (which I don’t) you can usually slip a metal spatula just between the fish and the skin and leave it all in the pan. It takes a little practice, but worth the effort.
On top of the fish, I put a tomato relish that I had left over from Sunday … and it was just as good on the fish as it was on the turkey. It is about half a can of diced tomatoes, or you can dice your own, about 1/8 cup each chopped poblanos and Hungarian wax peppers, a tablespoon of chopped garlic, kosher salt, and more Parmesan cheese. I put all the ingredients except the cheese in a sauceier over medium heat, stirring until they were just warm, Add in the cheese at the last minute, and spoon over the fish. It’s also good with poultry, pork, beef … pretty much anything, really. Far more healthy than a sauce, but brings a lot of flavor to the party, as Alton Brown would say.
All told, it was a quick, easy, healthy dinner. No starch. I had plenty of that at breakfast today, what with toast AND grits over at The Galley in Palm Cove Marina.
So that’s about it, really. A quiet evening at home. Such an exciting day. New front brake pads on the ragtop, and adding extensions to a couple of sprinkler heads in the garden so they’ll get up over the foliage. Not a veggie garden, but an ornamental one. Tomorrow, I may take out a loan to put some gas in the boat and go see what’s happening offshore. I need a little time on the water.