avocado pasta on Pinterest, my reaction was "No way." Then I saw it it again, and then again. Finally I decided that since I do love avocados, perhaps I should give it a chance. So I followed the recipe. I was surprised to find I liked it. But it was a bit TOO avocado for me. I know, I never thought I'd say that. Yesterday I made it again but reduced the avocado to 1/2. I also thinned it a little with some olive oil. I happened to have lemon infused olive oil AND jalapeño infused olive oil so I used both - about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of each. And now I have a recipe I will use often. It is extremely rich and 6oz will probably satisfy 2 people and still result in leftovers. Especially if you add some shrimp or chicken to go with it. Or in it.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I recently bought a container of herbs from Trader Joe's. The pot includes mint, oregano and thyme. The mint is growing like mad, so I wanted some ideas and turned to the web. I found a recipe for cilantro mint sauce and decided to try it. It consists of 2 cups cilantro leaves, a dozen or so mint leaves, a Serrano pepper, some oil, a little water and salt. Just blend it all together to make a spicy, minty sauce. The result was not bad at all. I decided to marinate some salmon in the sauce and then bake the salmon, which I wrapped in aluminum foil. The final product was fine but not great. I served it up with some lentils & feta and a few slices of avocado. A decent meal. I have some of the sauce left over and I'm trying to decide where it might be more successful.
Chili-Garlic Glazed Salmon. I didn't have green onions but I did happen to have sweet chili garlic sauce that I add to many, many things for a little heat in the event I don't use sriracha. I also have some orange marmalade. Both should be staples in your kitchen. And of course, I always have soy sauce. I did not measure, I just mixed things in until I liked the taste. Then I broiled the salmon as suggested - a little longer in my case. The salmon was so moist and sweet and spicy. I outdid Whole Foods and will never spend $23/lb again.
That concludes my salmon update for the week. If you have thoughts about how I can use the mint & cilantro sauce, speak up.
P.S. I did buy the salmon at Whole Foods in the seafood department (much less than $23/lb), so they do deserve some of the credit.