simple supper

my mom is a master in the art of simple meals. she can create something delicious and classic on any given night, and i've always wanted to recreate that simplicity with her. luckily, on her last night in london, she was there in the kitchen with me to give pointers. i now feel like i can tackle any piece of salmon that comes my way, thanks to her wise words. dinner wasn't anything special but it tasted great. sometimes, you just want a simple and healthy meal. especially after this week of pure indulgence.

momma and i braved the rain and wind yesterday to get some sweet potatoes, spinach, and salmon (the three s's!) and that was all it took to prepare our meal. god i hope you don't have a lisp.

simple salmon with sweet potato fries and steamed spinach (ssssssssssss)

it's almost not worth putting the recipe here, but i will for my own sake if for no one else! i need things written down. i forget easily.

the particulars:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into fries
  • 1/2 bag of spinach
  • 3 salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • olive oil
  • butter or margarine

those are literally all the ingredients you'll need. i swear.

  1. first, the sweet potatoes. phil handled these last night. he first prepared a "marinade" of sorts, involving margarine, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and coated the fries in this mixture. he then scattered the fries on a roasting tin and put them in a hot oven (gas mark 7) for 30 minutes. check on them every 10 minutes or so, flipping them around with a spatula.
  2. next, the salmon. rub olive oil over each salmon fillet, squeeze half a lemon, and sprinkle salt and pepper on top. place them on a baking tray. when the sweet potato fries are 10 minutes away from being done in the oven, put the salmon in and turn the heat down slightly.
  3. after the 30 mins, crank up the grill and put the sweet potatoes in for an additional 5-10 minutes (until the salmon is done in the oven). this will crisp them up.
  4. make the spinach by steaming it on the stove. this only takes 5 minutes or so.
  5. serve everything on big plates with a lemon wedge.

lesson learned: to check that the salmon is done, place a knife in the thickest part of the fillet and pull apart. if the flesh pulls apart easily and is light pink, it is ready.

this whole post is probably over-explaining a very simple meal, but let's not forget i'm definitely a beginner in the world of cooking. i need all the instructions i can get! which reminds me, it is two weeks EXACTLY until i begin my course at leith's!! i cannot wait. just found out it is only a short bus ride from hammersmith, meaning it shouldn't take me too long to get there each morning. hurray!