Happy Mother’s Day 🙂 I would like to thank all my friends for the greetings.Please share in this blog feast as I make this post on one of my all-time favorites – smoked salmon.
High school buddy Anna Lyn had sent me a few pounds all the way from Norway. I remember meeting her dear mom in faraway Las Pinas just to get this precious commodity. Opening the whole package at home, I took my first bite and it so excited my palate that I had to open my long-stocked bottle of white wine to complete the experience.
Even though the salmon looked raw from the outside, Anna Lyn told me that the label “Einerokt Laks” meant it was already smoked with Christmas tree branches so I don’t have to bother cooking it. What can I say… eating smoked salmon is pure indulgence, probably akin to eating caviar (which I don’t like, and can’t afford, hehe) While I managed to savor the salmon a la sashimi, I couldn’t resist whipping it up in different ways. These include:
– topping it on half-scrambled egg with bread (which is how the Norwegians do it, says A.L.)
– making smoked salmon quesadillas. Since quesadillas weren’t available in my kitchen, I did it with oh-so-cheap roti bread from Moud’s. The roti piece was heated in a pan (for lack of an oven toaster, hah), lavished with some cream cheese spread, added up with sauteed tomatoes seasoned with salt & pepper, then topped with slices of smoked salmon. Yum!
– Smoked salmon salsa verde was something I had to to try from Epicurious. My only mistake was pouring in sweet wine instead of dry white wine. Somehow, it didn’t taste as good as with the latter but pasta is something I can indulge in any time of day.
The smoked salmon is long gone now but the taste is something I can play in my mind over and over again, like a memorable romp with a lover 😉