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October 26, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 12:06 pm

Looks like this could become a regular feature.

Goon salmon

Goon rather enjoyed making our tuna steaks the other day and so he wanted another turn at cooking. I suggested that he use up the other half of the uber-slab of salmon he bought last weekend.

Goon hasn’t really got the hang of thinking up things to do with food. He can follow recipes now, but unless someone tells him exactly what to do, he feels a little bit lost. This caused a bit of a problem as he couldn’t find any easy salmon recipes he liked online. He said he might just grill it and boil some new potatoes but I thought he wouldn’t learn much from doing that.

So I had a bit of a think and came up with this for Goon to try: pasta with dill, white wine and creme fraiche topped with the grilled salmon drizzled with some olive oil and a dressed side salad. 

It turned out to be a good learning experience for Goon. For a start he found out that creme fraiche comes in tubs which are too small for anything useful. We had to bulk out the sauce with some single cream.

I had to take over making the sauce in the end. Goon nearly tried to make it by stirring creme fraiche into the pasta and then adding half a bottle of wine. I explained that it was difficult to mix the wine and cream together after they’d been added to the pasta. Goon seemed to understand this,  but when I also explained the concept of reducing a sauce to give it more flavour, Goon got scared and ran away to hide in his room. He came back when I agreed to handle the sauce and he tried grilling the salmon.

The salmon worked out fine in the end but I had to stop Goon from taking it out from under the grill too early. He was bothered by the fact the skin was smoking slightly as it browned and kept turning the heat off. We nearly ended up eating raw salmon, which would be fine as I like sashimi, but I got the feeling we weren’t really dealing with sushi grade fish.

Right at the end we found out that Goon had forgotten to buy salad :roll: , so we ended up having a side of salted, buttered spinach with our meal.  It wasn’t bad for such an easy thing to make. I think it would have been even better with something a bit tangy added to the pasta. I thought chopped gherkins at first but they’d be a bit overpowering. Capers maybe? 

I think Goon is improving. What shall I get him to try next?


  1. Mmmm that looks really good.

    I think Goon should bake a cake next! :-)

    Comment by Julia — October 27, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  2. Goon needs to do what my fiance did and create his own food blog!!! haha!

    Comment by Lea — October 27, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

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