Posts Tagged 'squash'

Quick and tasty salmon steak dinner

First of all I apologize for the lack of blogs this week.  With GDC going on and lots of other stuff at work Ive been doing double time and have had no spare time to write.  But have no fear, next week will be back to normal. Earlier this week I made a delicious salmon steak dinner and many people were asking me for the recipe and I want to share it because its a great dinner that takes little time and almost no energy to make prooving that even if you have no time in the world you can still make a delicious and healthy dinner.

Foil Wrapped Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon steaks or fillets
  • olive oil
  • dill
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 sweet red or yellow pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

First preheat and oven to 400. Next, clean the salmon and rub it with the olive oil, salt and pepper on each side.  Place some aluminum foil in a baking pan and drizzle some more olive oil in the bottom. Next chop up a handful of dill and cover the salmon. Dice the onion and pepper and add that to the foil as well.  Squeeze the juice of half the lemon onto the salmon and cut up some extra slices of lemon to place on top.  Close up the foil tightly and throw it in the oven until the salmon is thoroughly cooked (about 10-20 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of the salmon).  Serve with some lemon slices and the peppers and onions.  You can also save the juice and use that as a sauce to drizzle on the salmon.

Easy huh?  Want something even easier? For a side dish cut up some squash or zuchinni and throw them in the pan OUTSIDE the foil wrapped salmon.  Drizzle them with some olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.  Add a clove or two of crushed garlic and roast them while you are cooking the salmon.  Easy huh? You just made your main dish and side dish all at once with almost no effort at all! Enjoy!

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Things I didnt know I could deep fry: Pumpkin

First off sorry Ive been absent the last two days, its been busy busy at work and at home (Im preparing to leave for Japan in about a week!). Speaking of Japan, I did have time to whip up something delicious and different last night….fried Japanese pumpkin!

I was at the farmers market the other day and spotted a kabocha squash which is a Japanese pumpkin with a green rind and orange flesh.

Its taste is quite similar to sweet potatoes and if youve had tempura veggies most likely youve had kabocha!

See that crescent moon shaped item in the bottom right corner? Thats tempura kabocha!

Anywho, so while at the farmers market I spotted a tasty looking little kabocha and began immediately fantasizing about battering it or throwing it in a curry. I just had to buy one and try it out! While it looked cute on my kitchen counter, I recided that last night was the night I would chop my precious little pumpkin up and eat it. Since Ive been making just a bit too much curry lately for my boyfriend, I decided to tempura it…I quickly realized I didnt have the ingredients to tempura batter it so I decided “Hey Im from Bakersfield and our motto is if all else fails, deep fry the sucker!”

Deep Friend Kambocha Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • 1 Kambocha Pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour (I used spelt, but any just about any flour will do)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To prepare it I cut the top off and scooped out the seeds. I cut the pumpkin into quarters and I then boiled the pumpkin in water for about 10 minutes until the flesh was soft but not totally cooked. One it was cooled I removed the skin with a knife. its okay if a little bit of the green skin remains, just remove the hard part. cut the pumpkin into about inch sized cubes perfect for snacking on. next I beat an egg in a bowl and combined the flour with the salt and pepper…I actually chose to use lemon pepper to give it some pep. dip the pumpkin in the egg and dredge in the flour mixture. heat vegetable oil in a pan until it boils and drop the pumpkin pieces in. cook them until they are a golden brown then transfer them to a paper towel to drain. allow them to cool for a few minutes and serve!

    I decided to serve them with sweet chili sauce and it was divine.

    So who knew you could deep fry pumpkin? I guess it just never dawned on me to do so, but trust me its incredibly delicious especially if you are a fan of sweet and savory profile combos as I am. So with the fall squash harvest coming up I plan on deep frying every gourd I can get my hands on!


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