I’ve actually gotten a lot less obsessive compulsive about following recipes to a T. A few years ago, we stayed at at B&B in upstate NY (I’m having a deja vu, so I think I might’ve blogged about this before) where the Dad used to have contests with the sons when they came home from college. They would each have to utilize whatever was in the frig or pantry at the time, creating a gourmet meal for the family. Ever since then, I challenge myself now and then, to do the same thing. Or at least I try to create meals by basically using what is on hand (in this case, I bought the salmon).
gluten free tamari (I use the San-J brand)
salt & pepper
Coat the salmon steaks with olive oil. Sprinkle a liberal amount of tamari over the salmon. Add water to help create a sauce. Add salt & pepper to taste. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not bake longer, as the fish will dry out.
And for a perfect side dish: heat a wok or saute pan over medium high heat, add a tablespoon or two of peanut oil. When hot, add a bag of baby spinach, stirfry for about 3o seconds, add a clove or two of minced garlic, salt & pepper. A great accompaniment to the salmon and a good way to get those dark greens into your diet. One small bag was enough for two of us, though each of us would’ve eaten more if it was there. One small bag shrinks down to nothing, so next time I’d probably make twice the amount.
Anyway, this was a reminder that sometimes the simplest of ingredients can create the most elegant meal!