Sometimes we need a little salmon…

Being vegan is marvelous — healthy and delicious.  But sometimes we just need a little salmon, especially if it is wild Copper River Sockeye Salmon.  I went to the Quarterdeck seafood market the other day and came home with less than 1/2 lb. of this lovely fish.  It provided the colorful center of a vegetable meal, and Barbara and I both enjoyed it.

I’ve been in a use-up-leftovers mood, and that includes stuff that needs cooking soon, because we buy so many good veggies at farmers markets.  That night I found a sorry looking yellow squash, for example, but when I cut off the bad part and made a small dice of the center, it was perfect for frying.  I also had some pea pods needing to be used.  Remembering how good they are when caramelized a bit in a hot skillet, I added them to the squash and had a nice side dish for starters.

pea pods and yellow squash-2

We had lots of green beans, the regular straight ones and Romano beans, too.  So I cooked them briefly in boiling water until barely done and put them aside, while I cut thin slices of half a small cabbage, to roast at 400º F.  In the meantime I boiled five small Satina waxy potatoes, peeled and cooled them, then sliced them and added to a nonstick pan with olive oil on medium low heat.

The richly-colored salmon fillet needed only to be seared in a hot skillet with a little olive oil (it was first rubbed with a bit of lemon juice, salt, pepper, and ground dried lemon).  I turned the filet over so it was skin-side down, and I put the skillet in the oven to finish cooking, reheating the beans at the same time.  Finger pressure is the only way to test for doneness, so I leave that to my co-chef, since she likes it slightly firmer than I do.  The final plate came together beautifully.

cabbage Satina potatoes skillet Processed with VSCOcam with k2 preset

The biggest surprise of the evening was the wine.  I often like Pinot Noir with salmon, so I pulled three bottles out of the cellar to consider.  The first was a 1995 Lynmar Russian River Valley, which I and obtained many years ago from the winery owner who was a business associate.  It had been in a remote section of the cellar until recently, so I feared it was long past its prime, which is why I picked two other bottles (one California, the other from Burgundy) as backup.  There was no need.  After I mangled the cork, which disintegrated under the corkscrew, I eventually got it opened and strained out the cork pieces.  Much to my astonishment the wine was alive and well, full of charming fruit and elegance.  I enjoyed it and the salmon together.  Compliments to the winemaker.

1995 Lynmar Pinot Noir



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