Monday was Josh’s Birthday and I wanted to make him a special dinner. Having your birthday on a Monday kind of sucks. It’s the beginning of the week and your tired and there is still a long week ahead of you. But I wanted him to have a special evening at home with his ladies.
When I was scanning our grocery stores ad, I saw that Salmon was on sale. We don’t get to eat a lot of salmon in our house because normally it’s expensive and it doesn’t play well with our budget. But they had salmon on sale for $5.99 lb and I thought…maybe, just maybe…that was something I could make work into our budget.
I called my mom to ask her about what kind of salmon it was and her thoughts. The salmon was a Wild Alaska Yukon River Kepa Salmon and she said, it’s on the lower totem pole as far as Salmon goes, but that they’ve ate it many times and it’s good. My thoughts were, I don’t care where on the totem pole it is, if I can afford it, Salmon is Salmon and Josh and I love it and I wanted to get it for him. So I went to the store and got my groceries and Salmon and came home.
The menu I had planned out was the Garlic Salmon, with baked sweet potatoes, a fruit salad, and seasoned corn. All delicious and healthy, but simple too.
The first thing I did was take a baking sheet and place some aluminum foil on top of it and sprayed it with cooking spray. Then I rinsed off my fish and patted it dry and laid it on top of the greased foil. Then I set my oven for 450 degrees.
Then I started mincing my garlic. Fresh garlic is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. I love the smell, and the taste and I love how my hands smell afterwards. When I was a kid, I would always beg my mom for her empty garlic powder container so I could play with it and take the cap off and take a whiff…it is probably one of my favorite cooking smells.
Then I took some sprigs of fresh organic baby dill and chopped that up nice and fine. And then I strayed from the recipe a bit. I took some butter ( Mmm, butter) and softened it just a bit in the microwave. Then I mixed in the garlic, dill, some salt and pepper, and lemon juice and mixed it together to make a delicious garlicky buttery paste. I sprinkled my fish with Salt and Pepper and began lathering my fish in a sweet buttery spread. Then I sliced some lemons and placed the sliced lemons on top of the salmon along with a sprig of dill on top of each lemon. It looks like a masterpiece even then…and it wasn’t even cooked yet.