Sunday, October 3, 2010

Terry's Salmon Recipe

I grew up in a fabulous neighborhood.  I had access to a park across the street, a pond next door, a forest and river steps away and my best friend's house by climbing over a fence. I climbed this fence multiple times a day. Her yard had its own pond, a barn, tree house, My Little Ponies, a newfoundland dog (he was like our nanny!), and a little sister and brother to torture. Life was good.

My friend, R, and I spent hours together outside, and we were a very creative duo. We had a very successful mud sculpture business one summer. Once the barn was converted into a perfume factory. Our mothers' roses suffered that summer!

Another summer the barn was an insect hospital, although I am not sure how many butterflies we "damaged" so that we could "heal" them. We wrote plays and songs, performing for our families. We built a flying machine from cardboard boxes and helium balloons. It's ultimate destination was Ethiopia, to bring food to the starving children. Sadly, it never got off the ground, but rainy months were filled with planning and building.

All of this creativity took energy. And food. In the summer, we had the run of a different neighbor's garden when snack time called. Mr. Miner was our neighborhood grandpa with a huge garden. Apples, pears, berries, sweet corn and tomatoes were ours for the taking. I have never met a more tolerant man. He never once got frustrated when he found the two (or more!) of us sitting under his trees, gorging ourselves on windfall apples. (I could write a whole post on Mr. Miner, he was a special man!)

R's mom baked loaves of fragrant white bread. We would slather thick slices with homemade jams. We were very skilled Top Ramen makers from a young age as well. There was always something good to eat to eat in either of our family kitchens.

With all of these memories I wasn't surprised when my dad passed along a fabulous salmon recipe which he got from R's dad. Our families are still friends and our dads go fishing together. Three ingredients and a hot pan result in an amazing salmon dinner! We ate this over a bowl of rice and some steamed veggies.

What is your best childhood food memory?

Terry's Salmon Recipe
1 lb of the freshest salmon you can get
3 tablespoons soy
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Thinly slice salmon, removing bones and skin.
2. In a bowl mix soy and sesame oil. Add salmon, marinate 5-10 minutes
3. Heat a frying pan over high heat. Add olive oil.
4. When hot add salmon, watching to make sure it doesn't over cook. Flip once and remove as soon as salmon is no longer a "raw-pink" in the middle.
5. Serve immediately over rice.

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