The past few days has been quite hectic. The weather was scorching hot. I have been packing all my belongings into boxes and storage bags, disassembling furniture here and there, and also handling my regular responsibilities. In a couple of days, I’ll be in a new apartment about one mile away from this one.
Well, I’ll be pretty occupied the next few days… so I’ll leave you with a simple recipe for baking salmon. I came across 2 salmon fillets in the freezer the other day and decided to bake it in the oven with some herbs and spice mix… inside an aluminum foil pouch! Here’s the recipe for Foil baked Salmon. It is very simple and easy, and very tasty!
- 2 (4 ounces each) salmon fillets
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp herbs and spices (your choices)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 cup of water or broth
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cover the salmon with oil, salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice with the herbs and spices.
- Place a salmon fillet, oiled side down, on top of a sheet of aluminum foil.
- Pour lemon juice and herbs mixture over the salmon.
- Gently pour the water (or broth).
- Fold the sides of the foil over the fish, forming a closed pouch.
- Place the foil pouch on a baking sheet or pan.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, until the salmon is cooked.
- Transfer foil pouches to a plate and open the pouches carefully – steam will release when you open the foil pouches.
- Ready to serve.
You can use any type of herbs and spices you like. I used this cardamon and pepper spice mix that I picked up a while back at a street fair. I also added some basil and parsley. The salmon comes out moist and flavorful – not in an overpowering way, but a pleasant light flavorful way. I flaked the salmon fillets into small pieces and used it in a salad. It was just great!
Looking back at Operation EatPantry…
I initially started Operation EatPantry, as a motivation for me to eat up the foods in my kitchen and clear out my pantry. That way when I move, I will have less to move and I can restock the kitchen at the new apartment with fresher and newer items. I think it went pretty well. I was able to cook up a few dishes when I was not traveling. I was able to use up ingredients that were at the end of their shelf life and not let it go to waste. Lately, I have been blending a lot of tasty frozen smoothies, mainly because it has been so hot and I was avoiding the stove or oven. In the mornings, while it is still quite cool, I try to sneak in some cooking – like these pancake puffs using this pan.
I also noticed that I was spending less money at the supermarket, since I was only buying perishable items like eggs, dairy, veggies, and fruits. I did not dine out any more often – only when traveling, attending social events, or on those days with unpredictable schedules.
From the top of my head… I think I have hot cereals, oatmeal, rice, grains, beans, flour, and herbs and spices, and a few other things left. I haven’t been cooking lavishing meals the last few days, because of the heat and also because I’ve been slowly packing away my kitchen appliances and stuff. I have been sticking to meals that require only a handful of available ingredients, eating cold dishes, and drinking lots of cold fluids.
Once I am settled into the new apartment, I look forward to cooking up more fun dishes and summer treats. I am excited to go grocery shopping and restock the kitchen (wisely, of course) after the move. Until then, I will try to stay cool and not pass out in this hot weather.