Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Asian BBQ Salmon Dinner

"I had planted them for the pleasure of it; 
I grew them without ever thinking of painting them. ”
-Claude Monet

A canoe ride from one lake to another underneath a bridge brought several summer discoveries. Water lilies are spring and summer bloomers that bloom in a single elaborate and beautiful flower. Shades of water lily flower range from white and yellow to blue, purple and red with several species changing from a light to darker color as the flowering season comes to a close. The flower sometimes has as many as 24 petals and remains in bloom for only part of the day.
Depending on the light and angle, the color contrasts were amazing with the ever changing hues of greens and blues. Though water lilies look as if they are sprouting from the water,  they are actually floating on top of the water, with their roots tethered deep into the water-logged soil at the bottom of the lake or pond. The lily pad beneath the flowers is the leaf of the water lily plant.

The water lily is repeatedly used in the oil paintings of French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926). His water lily series of 250 oil paintings are some of his most masterful works.
The water lily paintings were inspired by Monet's flower garden at Giverny and a nearby 


Water Lily Pond 1899

Keep your meal planning simple and easy with a grilled salmon meal sauced with an Asian flair. Serve a side dish of Orzo and fresh veggies, a recipe previously posted. 
Other side options include serving salmon pieces in a bowl with brown rice and steamed 

 Asian BBQ Salmon Dinner
Cook's Notes: There are some key nutritional differences between wild and farmed salmon, according to USDA data. A small fillet of wild salmon has 131 fewer calories and half the fat content of the same amount of farmed salmon. And although farmed salmon may have slightly more omega-3 fatty acids, it also has 20.5 percent more saturated fat content — and that’s fat you don't want.
This recipe serves 2.
  • 1 piece Alaskan Wild Salmon (check out Costco)
Asian Sauce
  • 2 TB. each ketchup,hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar
  • 1 TB. each soy sauce, sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. Asian chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 
  • Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small pan and heat on low 1-2 minutes to thicken slightly. Transfer mixture to a small bowl to use for basting.
  • Heat grill to medium heat. Place salmon skin side down on foil. Baste and cook 12 minutes a side. Turn once during the cooking time.   

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