Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Honey, Lime and Cilantro...yum

So, I like to incorporate a few recipes together to create my meals. This is how I created the most recent one last night.

The menu:
Honey, cilantro, lime glaze on salmon
Saffron and garlic mashed potatoes
Green beans with bacon, onions, and almonds.

Here's how you start...
Peel the potatoes (although I like some skins).
Snap the ends off the green beans
...and start a couple pots of water boiling.

Put the beans in one pot and potatoes in another.

For the salmon glaze, heat up some honey in a pot, add lime juice and 1 bunch of cilantro.

Preheat the oven to 425 to 450 for the salmon.
Brush the glaze on the salmon.
Don't put the salmon in the oven for a few minutes. You don't want the potatoes to be hard still when the salmon is done (and salmon cooks fast).

In the mean time, cut some garlic and add it, along with saffron to milk.

As the saffron steeps in the milk, check to see if the green beans are fairly tender. If they are how you want them, go ahead and chop up the bacon (I cut off a lot of the fat).

Put the bacon in a pan and cook on medium.

Put the salmon in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Then turn it up to a broil for another 2 minutes

Now...back to the green beans.
Add onions to the bacon and let cook a little bit (until the onions get pretty clear).
Then pile on the green beans.
After the green beans have started to soak in those flavors, top with some almond slivers...

OK...for the complete meal, drain the potatoes and then mash in the saffron garlic milk. You can add cheese if you'd like too.

Here's the plate a few times for you.

I chose a white wine, but honestly, it did not pair well with the meal... It was a Fetzer Gewurztraminer, which tasted a little too much of pears for some reason.

The music for the evening was Afro Celt Sound System, Volume 1.

One of my favorite songs... I'm going to try to embed something here...let's see if it works!

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