Saturday, February 18, 2006

Friday's Dinner

I think i cooked too much for dinner yesterday. We had roasted herb potatoes, as our main carbo. I know this has been the second time we have it this week, but how am i going to finish 10lb of "value for money" yukon potatoes if we don't eat them often enough?

I baked salmon in foil again, a recipe from Everyday Italian, and delighted to obtain the same tasty result like the first time. The veggie was lettuces with Italian dressing & OCT's fav croutons. All these should suffice for a balanced meal. But I proceed to experiment with a "plug from the air" recipe nevertheless. It's stirfry tomyam tuna macaroni. This may sound weird, but it turned out quite tasty despite of its bland apperance. I must really put in some effort to "beautify" my food in the future....It pissed me off when I have to post some ugly food pics on my blog, and persuade people that they are indeed tasty. Even I don't find it convincing, looking at the pictures sometime...

This is the recipe for salmon baked in foil. The method is more of steaming than baking. According to the cookbook, it should work well on other types of fish, chicken and veggie too.

Salmon baked in foil

4 (5 ounces each) salmon fillets
2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, drained
2 chopped shallots
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme


1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2.Sprinkle salmon with 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3.Stir the tomatoes, shallots, 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
4.Place a salmon fillet, oiled side down, atop a sheet of foil. Wrap the ends of the foil to form a spiral shape.
5.Spoon the tomato mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely; seal the packets closed.
6.Place the foil packet on a heavy large baking sheet. Repeat until all of the salmon have been individually wrapped in foil and placed on the baking sheet.
7.Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Using a large metal spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve.

Note: Use a fork to open the foil, as the steam inside the foil packet can get very hot right out from the oven. And it is so much fun to open up the packet on your plate, just like open up a present!

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