Saturday, March 10, 2012

Salmon and Sweet Potatoes

"I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street." - W.H. Auden

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If you live in an area where fresh salmon is available, it is very simple to make into a delicious meal. A brown sugar and spice crust is especially tasty. Add sweet potato fries and a decent salad with a white wine vinaigrette, and dinner is served.

  • Ezra Pound Cake has a great recipe for Peppery Brown Sugar Salmon
  • Sweet potato fries are very simple - just peel and slice two or three sweet potatoes, toss with a teaspoon of olive oil and one or two teaspoons of salt and white sugar each, lay out on a baking sheet and bake in an oven at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes at a time, turning them over in the pan with a pair of tongs, until crispy and lightly browned. 
For a deliciously unusual dipping sauce to use with the fries, this Garlic Aioli works well with the salmon.
  •  1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 small cloves garlic, mashed to paste with salt or garlic powder
  • juice of half a lemon
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • sea salt to taste
Make garlic paste and mix all ingredients together. Serve on the side of the fries in a condiment dish.
And of course, white wine goes best with fish.

Bon Appetit!

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