We’d been grocery shopping and then worked in the garden. We needed a quick meal but who said an easy quick meal can’t be great. She Who Must Be Obeyed picked some fresh lettuce and strawberries from the garden and made a great salad. I fired up the WSM Mini and hot smoked some salmon. Sigh, nice weather, a great wife and wonderful food makes a great meal. Continue reading Hot Smoked Salmon→
It was one of those days. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I had been working in the garden all day and we were beat. We needed something quick for supper. We had salads made and some nice French bread. We had also taken out two single serving fillet pieces of wild sockeye salmon to thaw that morning. The solution was an incredibly easy grilled salmon.
We needed a quick dinner. We had two salmon steaks. I sprinkled them with some Old Bay Blackening Spices and threw them on a medium high grill for about 4 minutes a side. Continue reading Quick Salmon Dinner→
The cost of wild salmon is very high these days. So, when the local supermarket had a sale on frozen pink salmon fillets for less than a king’s ransom, I bought some and made smoked salmon. Continue reading Smoked Salmon, Experimenting→
This recipe is just so wrong in everything but taste. It is made with canned soup, canned tuna and packaged biscuit mix. Wrong, wrong, wrong. However, it tastes good and reminds me of the casserole dishes every mother in the sixties had on hand for an inexpensive quick meal or potluck lunch. Continue reading Tuna Bake, So Very Wrong But Good→
This is a special occasion dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed and me. It is like smoked salmon but sweet and peppery. I knock most of the peppercorns off before eating. They give a nice flavour to the salmon but that much pepper is hard on a fat old guy’s constitution.
The missus leaves them on but she is tougher than me.
I have posted how I prepared the dish in my smoker at Smoking Meat Forums. The link is:
You can also make it in your barbecue by cooking it over indirect heat with wood chips in a smoker box or soaked and sprinkled over the coals or burners. If you use a barbecue, it will take a lot less time and won’t be as smoky.
You can also make it in the oven by matching the temperatures I used in the smoker. It will still have a nice flavour from the brine, honey and peppers but the lovely smokiness will be missing.
It is cold here. There is snow on the ground. I made andouille the other day. Conditions were perfect for making gumbo!
This Cajun dish is delicious. A touch of spice, a deep dark texture and a mixture of shellfish, chicken and andouille. While I love this version, I apologize to all of Louisiana for my corruption of their recipe.
A video of me cooking this dish is embedded at the bottom of the post.
Cook the flour in a heavy pot (a thin one will burn the flour) over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is a light tan colour. Remove from the heat and stir in the oil. Cover the pot and put it on the lowest rack of a 350 F oven for 35 minutes to darken the roux (the mixture of oil and flour).
Stir the roux and put over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper and celery and stir frequently until the vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic, thyme, cayenne and 1/2 tablespoon flour. Stir until you can smell the garlic and thyme. Add tomatoes and cook for a minute or two.
Slowly add chicken broth while stirring thoroughly. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Add the chicken and simmer for 30 minutes.
At this point, I allow it to cool and put it in the fridge so I can finish it quickly later. You don’t have to let it cool and can continue to finish the gumbo.
Stir the andouille into the gumbo and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the prawns and scallops and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve it over cooked rice and bow to the south to thank the Cajuns who invented this great dish!