Southwest Salmon … I Guess … Or Sumpin

I had a taste for salmon and I had some stuff left over from other meals, so I made this.

The upper left is English roast potatoes. I boiled some potatoes the other night for mashed potatoes and saved some back. Toss them in vegan margarine (or butter) and salt and bake them at 450F for about 30-45 minutes.

The upper right is roast broccoli. I start with raw broccoli, then do them the same as the pre-boiled potatoes, only they don’t take as long. I like to leave them in until the little buds start to blacken. Then the stems are tender and the florets are crispy. Mmmm.

Okay, the salmon. I had a couple slices of bacon that wouldn’t fit into the pan the last time I made some, so I diced those and put them in a hot skillet. I got out a frozen salmon fillet and put that on top. Seven minutes, then flipped it, scraped the bacon off where it had stucken (yes, stucken — I grew up reading Pogo comics, okay?) and cooked it for another seven minutes. Then, because the bacon had elevated the salmon from the hot pan’s surface during that first seven minutes, I flipped it again and cooked it for another three.

During that last three minutes, I added to the pan: some bi-colored corn, leftover black beans, and some salsa.

Charlie and I split the salmon fillet and I topped each half with the corn/bean/salsa. Now, you might think a bit of cheese on top was called for, but my Aunt Rose told me that eating fish and dairy together would give me worms. That never stopped me from eating McDonald’s fish sammich with cheese on it, but I never thought of McDonald’s sammich as truly fish nor cheese, so that didn’t count.

That there next to it is Yuengling Lager. Thanks again for talking me into trying it, Dan!

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One thought on “Southwest Salmon … I Guess … Or Sumpin

  1. Dan Antion

    April 26, 2017 at 7:06am

    Wow! This all looks and sounds good! I would eat every bit of that. I’d be in the “clean plate club” to revisit the years when Pogo ruled the comics. The best part of fish dinners was that we were allowed to drink pop, since you couldn’t have fish and milk. I also eat the things from Micky D’s. Not worried, cause I’m sure the worms would be gummies.

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      Marian Allen

      April 26, 2017 at 2:24pm

      LOL! I’m glad that dinner looked good to ya. So your family had the “no fish and milk” rule, too? That’s funny! I wonder what inspired it? The Catholic churches always used to have fish fries every Friday, and we’d have fish and cream soda, and the grownups would have beer. Best fish ever.

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  2. Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA

    April 26, 2017 at 9:00am

    I’d pass on the white potatoes (always), as well as the bacon. The salmon sounded good (sans the bacon) though…and I love broccoli and learned the trick you used when i forgot about my broccoli when I was making a rice concoction.

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      Marian Allen

      April 26, 2017 at 2:28pm

      Do you eschew white potatoes because of the carbs? I had to go without them for about six weeks when I was doing a sugar-level reset, and it near ’bout killed me. I don’t think my Irish could survive long without spuds!

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  3. Joey

    April 26, 2017 at 12:52pm

    Hey! the Like button’s back!
    YUMMY! I would nom that so hard. I’m trying to think of when we eat fish with dairy and I can’t think of anything beyond tuna noodle casserole. Which by the way, sounds positively delicious at the moment. Oh man, I’m hungry.
    Love roasted broccoli. It’s right up there with roasted asparagus.
    I gotta eat lunch! 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      April 26, 2017 at 2:26pm

      Yay! Like button! I don’t know where it goes, when it goes on walkabout, but I wish it would stop getting its weird friends to stand in for it. I hope your lunch was good — sounds like you were ready for it! I had leftover stir fry with Pad Thai sauce.

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      • Joey

        April 26, 2017 at 6:48pm

        I had poached eggs, toast, & raspberries. Yours sounds way better, but I didn’t have anything like that here…

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