clearing the sinuses

phil has gone christmas shopping on a secret solo mission, which means i have to amuse myself while he's out and about. hmmm, i wonder what he could be buying... i did ask him to pick up some sriracha at whole foods though. can't be COMPLETELY secretive! so, while he does that, i'll tell you about the dinner i made last night. in keeping with the simple salmon theme from last week, i thought i'd try another recipe which i heard about from two completely different sources. in an act which can only be described as insane, i picked up a copy of martha stewart living from a newsagents to read while i was at the gym the other day. but that wasn't the most worrying thing: i actually tore out a recipe from the magazine! apparently, i'm a huge martha fan. sigh. i guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

this recipe is for seared salmon with horseradish and scallions. seemed like a pretty interesting dish, so i decided to make it for dinner last night. but then i remembered that my mom's great friend diane had emailed me a similar-sounding recipe that she had recently made and loved. and, wouldn't you know, it ended up being the exact same thing! i love when the universe works that way.

that settled it. i picked up some horseradish relish from my local market and 2 salmon fillets from the fishmonger's and put it all together last night, along with some lemon parsley mashed potatoes and a bit of steamed broccoli. a winning combo, if i do say so myself.

horseradish salmon with lemon parsley mash and broccoli

salmon recipe adapted from the martha stewart living december 2009 issue :)

the particulars:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp drained & prepared horseradish (i used biona's horseradish relish)
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • 3 handfuls new potatoes
  • 2 handfuls fresh parsley, chopped
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy margarine
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into large pieces
  1. preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. cook the potatoes in boiling water until soft. take off the heat, drain and mash. cover and put to one side.
  3. meanwhile, prepare the salmon by rubbing horseradish on the skinned side of each fillet. put a bit of olive oil on a skillet, and pan-fry the salmon, skinned side up, for about 2 minutes.
  4. transfer the fillets to the oven (still skinned side up) and bake for about 6 minutes or until cooked through. once the salmon is in the oven, put the broccoli in a steaming pan and cook until the salmon is done.
  5. add the margarine, lemon zest, and parsley to the mash and mix until fully combined.
  6. serve the salmon skinned side down (which we didn't do) along with some mash and broccoli. add extra horseradish relish on the side if you want more heat :)

lesson learned: this is a great quick and easy dinner to make. as jamie oliver might say, salmon and horseradish are "good friends".