Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Salmon Baked in a Foil Parcel with Green Beans and Pesto,
Lemon and Mint Baby Potatoes
and Caramel Custards
I know I've been talking about food a lot lately but that's just a big part of life, no matter how you look at it! I tried some new recipes which are mostly from Jamie Oliver's new cookbook: Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals. I'm not quite a huge fish lover having grown up land-locked in Ohio, so I'm developing my taste for things now as an adult. This recipe is super easy and sooo good! It's also very fresh and healthy and makes the kitchen smell fabulous! We loved it. I thought you would too.
Salmon Baked in a Foil Parcel with Green Beans and Pesto
Serves 2 (Split in half for one, double for 4)
2 handfuls of green beans
2 7-oz. chunky salmon fillets, skin on, scaled and bones removed (fresh water)
2 heaped tablespoons green pesto
Sea Salt (or regular table) and freshly ground black pepper
To prepare your salmon: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Trim your beans by cutting off the stalk ends but leave the wispy tips on. Halve one of the lemons. Get a large piece of aluminum foil and fold it in half to give you two layers. Put a handful of green beans in the middle of the aluminum foil. Lay a salmon fillet, skin side down, across the beans and spoon over a good tablespoon of green pesto. (Check the salmon for bones by bending it in an arc... you will feel them if they are still in there!) Drizzle with Olive Oil (Extra Virgin), squeeze over the juice from one of the lemon halves, and season with salt and pepper. Pull the aluminum foil edges together and scrunch them up to seal the parcel. Repeat to make the second salmon parcel and place both on a sheet pan.
To cook and serve your salmon: Put the sheet pan into your hot oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it stand for a minute before carefully unwrapping and checking that the salmon is cooked through (mine took longer!). Nice served with lemon wedges and baby potatoes.
Lemon and Mint Baby Potatoes
Get a handful of baby potatoes (this doesn't have to be exact!) for each serving you are making. Scrub them (if you leave the skin on, that's added vitamin C!). Boil them in a large saucepan with a pinch of salt. Drain them and add a pat of butter per serving. Season with salt and pepper. Pick several, leaves from fresh mint and finely chop. Add to the bowl, and then squeeze over the juice of half a lemon for each serving, and toss well. You can use any leftovers cold as a salad.
This recipe is from May 2010 Martha Stewart Living
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling occasionally, until deep amber, about 7 minutes. Carefully and slowly whisk in milk and cream while pan is still over heat.
2. Whisk together yolks, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Slowly pour caramel-milk misture into yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Skim any bubbles from the top. Divide evenly among four 6-oz. ramekins.
3. Set ramekins in a 9-inch square baking dish. Pour boiling water into dish to come a third of the way up sides of ramekins. Bake until custards are just set but jiggle slightly, 27 to 30 minutes. Remove from water using tongs. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
In a speech to AFBF a couple months ago, he declared war against "sustainability" and organic farming methods and those who support it. Read Rodale's eye-opening report about his viewpoints and how he is against small farms and any practice that is in opposition to large corporate agriculture. As Rodale's article points out, the only thing we can agree with this man on is Monsanto's "greenwashing" of practices, referring to them as "sustainability". And we know already that Monsanto and Round-Up is the antithesis of sustainability.
I guess I'm now an "extremist" for wanting my organic milk. In this article there is also very interesting reports of studies done on agriculture in Africa and how real organic farming is producing almost double the yield as chemical farming. Is it about the $$ Bob, or real farming?
Nestle seems to be forward thinking, acting on behalf of deforestation. But they are calling GMO's a way to sustainability! I wrote an email to let them know we don't want it used in our food, just like their GMO free foods in Europe (read their stance here).
I finally found the information on Kellogg's website for their stance on GMO's and wrote an email to them stating that our families in the United States don't want them either!!! :
I rented "Danny Deckchair" through Netflix and watched it with my family last evening... it was a very cute, quirky love story done by an Australian cast and well worth it! When I rented it, I thought it was a documentary for some reason, but it ended up being a funny and touching story. Now, I know I recommended "Bright Star" and that was harder to understand... and sort of girlie because of the costuming and period, but the above was fun to watch, albeit quirky and different... I guess an independent film. The only issues for the kids was the idea of people living together outside of marriage and was an opportunity to talk about that issue.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
that Kelloggs and Nestle sell GMO-free food in Europe? But not here in the United States!
GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) FOOD ACTION
CONTACT the following companies and tell them Americans want GMO-free food, and that Americans deserve the same GMO-free food that they are selling in Europe!:
CALL Kelloggs 1-800-962-1413 www.kelloggs.com
CALL Nestle 1-800-452-1971 www.nestle.com
SEND A LETTER... to your US House Representative and Senator, asking what he or she is doing to support truth in labeling and a pure food supply.
ALSO WRITE: SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, USDA, 200-A WHITTEN BUILDING, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE. SW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250
BUY LOCAL FOODS AND GROW YOUR OWN: Find Farmer's Markets and Natural Food Stores. Find local producers at www.localharvest.org. Order from an outstanding variety of heirloom seeds at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (www.rareseeds.com). Their catalog is absolutely beautiful as well as informative.
"Back in Europe we have that choice. Our food is labeled and it hasn't increased any costs to the consumer or the farmer." ~ Sir Paul McCartney
"Any scientist who tells you they know that GMOs are safe and not to worry about it, is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying. Nobody knows what the long-term effect will be." ~ Geneticist David Suzuki
"Each year we have a harder time getting seeds that test GMO free. It is getting to the point where most heirloom corn varieties test positive for GMO's; even growers in remote areas are having problems with Monsanto's GMO corn." ~ Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
A very disturbing result of our efforts in helping Iraq has been the extinction of heirloom seeds from their country due to our agricultural corporations introducing GMO seeds to Iraq's farming. Luckily, some people had the foresight to save the few seeds they had and Baker Creek has acquired a few species.
I am outraged whenever I hear what we as a society are doing to our agriculture. I can only do a small part on my own: growing my own garden, buying locally and organic, and what I wrote above, but also sharing the information I've found with you and teaching my children to be much more responsible. I hope their generation will THINK before it's all too late.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
My best friend Caroline sent me the link to this video... it is funny! Because you know, you need to know how to silkscreen a WOLF t-shirt! Watch it to the end because these guys are really funny... they take it to the next level! And they really do teach you how it's done.
If Caroline and I were still teaching together... this would be us!
(fyi: cheap t-shirts can be bought at jiffyshirts.com and Make magazine is here!)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Lately the creative projects around here have been of the crafting and decorating sort. I was sick all weekend so yesterday I sat in my big velvet chair and crocheted some tiny granny squares for my Bright Star sweater that I'm trying to recreate. I think I got the yarn right this time. It takes awhile to do each one so at this rate I might finish it by next year! There were "Little House on the Prairie" reruns on yesterday afternoon which is the perfect thing to watch when you're not feeling good and/or crocheting. The little "squares" (which are looking oval at the moment) are so beautiful... and so small!!!
The other work in progress is our kitchen/dining area/family room which we painted red with white trim a couple weeks ago. It's still not finished. We are putting up crown moulding and I have to put up the white drapes we bought. Actually Craig did all of the painting. I picked the color. I'll take more photos when it's finished but these are just to prove to my family that it really is painted! Benjamin Moore Aura paint is the best-- two coats was all it took!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
We are finally going to try square foot gardening, starting out with just a 4'x4' and then some containers for herbs separately. I got this book a couple years ago but wasn't able to try it last summer during my work at Hatch. I'm excited to have fresh vegetables that are free from chemicals and gmo's, and taste wonderful! Here's a free planner online that we found very helpful.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Jack Johnson has a new album coming out just in time for summer and the beach!!!: "To the Sea" . Nothing beats listening to his music when you feel like chillin'. It's available for pre-order and if you do that on iTunes, you can download "You and Your Heart" right now. I'm probably the last to hear about this...looks like it's already his #1 downloaded song!
Monday, April 5, 2010
"Once" was billed as a love story but it's much more about music and it's wonderful. Glen Hansard is now
one of my favorite singer/songwriters. The only reason it was rated R is for the one "F" word but besides
that it's clean. It is well worth watching for it's inspiration. I might have to pull out my keyboard and try to figure out "Falling Slowly" myself!