Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Leeks Are The New Shallots.

HOT PET PEEVE - people who pronounce the "L" in Salmon.

Okay, so maybe I have only heard two people ever do this - 1. A woman who misread the sale sign and thought she was being overcharged at Safeway so maybe she was just too pissed off to remember the correct pronunciation. and 2. an SNL character. Can something be considered a Pet Peeve if its only ever happened twice? Either way, I am preventatively DISliking this pronunciation.

How do I even have time to cook when I am so actively hating?

After a weekend where we ate a shit ton and drank a shit ton I was craving something semi healthy.My mind automatically goes to FISH and brown rice when i am trying to eat something light and new agey healthy. Also, I have been DYING to try cooking with leeks. The only downside of working with leeks that Ive come across is once cooked they resemble celery. At first I wanted to say Go Fuck yourself, Leeks - but it turns out they are yummy yummy yummy!

Dijon Salmon over Leeky Macadamia Brown Rice

2 Salmon Fillets
1 Leek
1 cup of Macadamia Nuts
2 Cups of Brown Rice (quick cook)
Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of garlic, minced
1 cup veggie broth, 1 cup water

Step One: Prepare the leek by slicing off where the stem meets the green leafy parts and then slicing as you would an onion. Over medium heat simmer the leeks with the butter and let it simmer. I used margarine because I love fake butter taste. Once the leeks look cooked down, add the macadamia nuts!

Step Two: In a separate pan over medium heat add the olive oil and the garlic - and then the salmon skin side down. Brush the Dijon mustard on the top of the salmon. Cook for 10 minutes then switch to the broiler to crisp the top for 5 minutes.

Step Three: Prepare the quick cook rice with 1 part water and 1 part vegetable stock. Once prepared pour the leek and macadamia nut mixture into the rice and stir. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Step Four: Eat ya face off!

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