Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Curry Rub for Salmon and my Favourite Green Salad

I promised some readers that I would post our meals with the recipes more often. I have failed miserably....I am trying to get better about following up but geez have I been busy lately.

Like this week, we returned Sunday from being away for the weekend, me sporting a shiny new head cold.  I am fighting the good fight with my GSE (I will do a post on this I promise) but am still being dragged down. As you can see from my daily to do lists I have a lot to do lately and I am failing at that too.  Yesterday I probably took on a bit more than I should taking the kids for a LONG walk up to Home Depot.  It is mostly up hill from where we live (yes pushing a 120 lbs stroller) and I was in direct sunlight.......I am a very pale ginger redhead.....sunlight and my skin are NOT friends. So of course I got burned even though I had on sunblock, long sleeves and pants AND a sun hat.  I went to bed early last night, still with my cold and now sunstroke....yay me.

Today is the first day of a line of 5 very busy days which involve no less than 3 parties, a meeting that I am hosting in my house, a business meeting at a restaurant, a Father's Day picnic with my husband's entire family, a doctors appointment along with the regular day to day schedule of being a WAHM.

Anyway on with dinner eh?

So last night with my sunstroke I didn't feel much like cooking and we needed something substantial, we were all starving. So......I had some left over basmati rice in the fridge.....hmmmm.

So I coated some salmon in a rub I made from curry powder, a pinch of cayenne, salt and olive oil and threw them on the BBQ. This is not too spicy for little guys but you can leave out the cayenne and just add a grind of pepper if you want.

Then I melted a good size knob of butter and toasted about 3 tsp of cumin seeds and 6 or 7 cardamon pods until the cumin looked toasted and I could really smell the spices, then I added the rice. If you use unsalted butter, add some salt.

Lastly......I have been trying to get the kids to start eating salad.  I LOVE salad especially in the summer time when you aren't craving carbs as much and don't want to heat up your house cooking veg.  Here is my current favourite salad, and yes I go through trends on salad and will eat one kind everyday for weeks before I get sick of it and move on to some other combination.

This one is:
Mixed greens
Grated carrot
Sliced cucumber
Sliced red onion
Sliced sweet peppers
Toasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup Sweet brown rice vinegar
2 tbsp Honey
4 or 5 dashes Franks Red Hot Sauce
1/4 cup Olive Oil
pinch of Salt

The kids loved this dinner and each ate two servings of it including the salad.  Sweet brown rice vinegar isn't very acidic and with honey it slightly sweet.  Really it is the hot sauce that adds any acid at all.  It is a nice light dressing that I like so much I almost want to drink it.....and I will probably write about it if I ever do.......

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