Monday, July 16, 2007
Lemon and Dill
What a great combination! I bought some fresh Salmon at the market and was really excited to make it. I never make fish here because my husband and my daughter don't like it. So making fish for myself would mean making 2 dinners in one night. Definitely not something I'm interested in. But I wanted the salmon so badly, that I was willing to do it tonight. And I am so glad I did. I decided to make some chicken up for Rob and Maura, and I used pretty much the same seasonings for the chicken that i did for the fish.
I definitely don't have a recipe, since I just threw stuff together. Basically, I put the salmon on a foil lined, greased (well, i sprayed it with olive oil cooking spray) baking sheet, squeezed the juice of half a lemon on it, sprinkled a healthy amount of dried dill on, added some freshly cracked black pepper and sprayed it lightly with the olive oil spray. The piece of salmon I used was half of a fillet I had gotten at the market and it weighed about 6 ounces. I baked it in a 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes. It was cooked perfectly for me, but I don't like my fish undercooked whatsoever.
As far as the chicken goes, I don't think I would cook it the same way again. The seasoning was fine, but it got dried out and I could tell Rob wasn't a big fan, even though he wouldn't say so. Although he wasn't feeling well today, so who knows! I did pretty much the exact same thing with the chicken. Foil lined baking sheet, juice of half a lemon, dill, salt and pepper. I cooked the chicken longer than the fish because undercooked chicken scares me so I sometimes go overboard. I'm still trying to think up a way to cook the chicken this way so it doesn't dry out so much.
For the couscous, I Just followed the package directions. I sauteed one small yellow onion in some olive oil until it was slightly brown. I added the couscous (and 8.8 ounce package) and browned that a bit. Then I added 2 cups of veggie broth that I had boiling on another burner. I also added garlic powder, salt and pepper, oregano, and basil. It definitely didn't need all that seasoning and next time i think I'll just cook it in the veggie broth because that seemed to give plenty of flavor.
All in all, it was a yummy dinner, and I will definitely be replicating the salmon again! The biggest accomplishment of the night was getting Maura to try fish! She really really liked it and demanded that I make it again really soon. Yay!!
(Sorry about the blurry pics. I'm working with a cell phone camera)