Jan and I are on our own this weekend as Eilene has gone to a CON in L.A. I did not feel like left over chili, but I am unused to cooking for only two. Jan has been complaining about red meat and starch heavy meals, so I finally settled on salad and salmon patties.
Many recipes for salmon patties call for using canned salmon—including my mother’s. For this meal, I decided I wanted to use fresh fish and my new favorite ingredient Japanese mayonnaise. Glancing at a few other recipes, I settled on my ingredients list and off I went.
Karl’s Fresh Salmon Patties
This week, I am doing Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day and Miriam’s birthday. Miriam and mom agreed that something with salmon would be good. I decided on salmon toast points with dill sauce.
Karl’s Salmon Toasts Points with Dill Sauce
23andMe is a powerful, but dangerous tool. Jan has assumed she had one father, when in fact there were two. According to her genes, Jan’s ancestry is ¼ Iberian and ¼ Cora—although they refer to themselves as Naáyarite—an indigenous tribe that lives in the mountainous region of along the Jalisco / Nayarit border of north Pacific coast Mexico—although much of Jan’s extended family has moved to the coast.
Karl’s Corn, Poblano and Crab Tamales
Jan’s newly discovered Mexican family lives/lived on the boarder of Jalisco and Nayarit. Jan decided on a Mexican Christmas feast of crab tamales, I though a shrimp soup would go nicely as a starter. I found a site on Nayarit cuisine that described a caldo de camarón (shrimp broth). Adding some tomatoes, fresh shrimp, and cilantro makes it soup.
Karl’s Sopa de Camarón
The NYTimes sends me emails with recipes several time a week. A recent email was all about cold noodle dishes. As I read through them I got a hankering for cold noodles, but none of their dishes really suited me. I borrowed a few ideas from their cellophane noodle salad, but mine is based more on my Vietnamese summer rolls.
Karl’s Cellophane Noodle Salad with Shrimp
Adapted from Food and Wine recipe
I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. There is a whole selection of fish tapas, many of which involve whole fried small fish. I had wanted to have fried anchovies or sardines, but El Niño had caused a collapse in the local fish supply.
Caballa Frita Rellena
Fried Stuffed Mackerel
I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. For many of the tapas I was making I at least tried to follow the recipes I was using. For this one, however, I decided that I did not like what I saw at all. Instead, I had ingredients that I had bought for other tapas and though, “Hey, this would go with that.” I am sure that somewhere in Spain they make something similar to this tapas, but I could not find it on-line.
Tomates Rellenos de Gambas y Jamón Serrano
Tomatoes Stuffed with Shrimp and Serano Ham
Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe
I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. This is a simple tapas that you can serve with other tapas or alone with crusty bread. One of the problems with making tapas is the rush at the end to finishing cooking everything at once. You can set up this dish up early, ready to do the final cooking just before serving.
Karl’s Tapas Gambas al Ajillo
Saturday was our 33rd anniversary. We are having the celebration on Sunday, so the kids can join us. We agreed on having cioppino.
Karl’s Anniversary Cioppino