Smugness Salmon

January 23rd, 2013 § 2 comments

J. came over for dinner last week — unfortunately, the night before I had to catch a bus out of town for the weekend. I could have planned that one better. But I had a trick up my sleeve: J. doesn’t cook. Her fiancé does (we’ve had a few conversations about how much we both want a KitchenAid stand mixer in a pretty color while J. looked on bemusedly), but J. herself doesn’t.

Which meant I could cook things which I can make in my sleep and it would seem impressive. Yes! I am a master of the kitchen! I, um. Do magic with knives! I labor to provide you with an elegant experience!

In reality? I had broccoli in the fridge. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from work and bought a couple of salmon filets, which were on sale, and a fresh loaf of bread. When I got back to my apartment, I shoved the salmon into a ziplock bag, added some soy sauce, honey, a chopped garlic clove, and a sliced half-lemon I had hanging around, sealed it and stuck it in the fridge. When J. came in, I made a quick batch of popcorn for us to nibble on and poured some hard cider to keep her busy while I preheated the oven to 400° F and chopped the broccoli.

Salmon Dinner-4

photograph by gkdavie, licensed under CC BY

The salmon came out of the fridge and onto foil in a roasting pan, which went into the oven. A little less than ten minutes later, I put the chopped broccoli into the microwave for two minutes with a damp paper towel on top. When the broccoli was done, I drained it and added butter and salt. The salmon was pretty much done at that point, conveniently (demonstrating the Canadian Rule), and within the squeezing of a lemon (as Elizabeth David said), we were sitting down to bread and butter, steamed broccoli, and roasted salmon.

And yes, J. did say what I quoted at the outset of this post. I think I can be forgiven for feeling smug.

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§ 2 Responses to Smugness Salmon"

  • J says:

    Honey, if you need a friend who doesn’t cook to make you feel smug sometimes, I can do that for you. I’m a giver.

    (If it’s actually that easy I’m totally going to try it. I didn’t know “marinate” could equal “stick in plastic baggie.”)

    • Elizabeth says:

      You are always welcome for dinner. <3

      Marinating is just soaking something in a liquid, usually acidic liquid, before cooking, for tenderizing or flavoring purposes, and plastic baggies are great, because they make cleanup easy! Just throw them out with the marinade remnants (which you should never use twice) inside.