Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Simple Salmon:

I love cooking with Salmon. It's a simple easy delicious fish to make for dinner or lunch. Here are a few toppings/marinades I use when I cook Salmon. I never measure when making my marinade, I just use more or less depending on the size of the fish. I also always start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and once in the oven I put the timer on for 28 minutes.

Marinade #1: Soy Honey Sauce
Soy Sauce
Cracked black pepper

Marinade #2: Lemon Pepper
Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Cracked black pepper
You can also leave slices of the lemon on top of the fish while it cooks

Marinade #3: BBQ Salmon
In a small bowl mix the following:
Honey (about a 1/4 cup)
Worcestershire Sauce (only about 2 tsp)
Ketchup (about 1/4 cup or more)
Black pepper

Mix to taste by adding more ketchup or honey depending on how sweet or savory you want your bbq sauce to be, then spread on top of salmon and then bake.

Marinade #4: Honey Dijon Mustard
Dijon Mustard
Black pepper

You can mix all of these ingredients together in a small bowl or mix right on top of the salmon.

Marinade #5: Just Herbs, Spices and Citrus
Black Pepper
Dried Garlic
Fresh squeezed lemon and lime

I usually serve my salmon with either rice or a baked potato and asparagus. Salmon is a great fish to experiment on with several different flavors. I tend to keep mine rather basic, but I'm sure I will come up with more a long the way and post them here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quick Tomato Pie:

I was craving tomato pie the other day. The kind that my friend Angela always has at family parties or picnics. It's one of my favorites! But, since Cayman doesn't seem to have a pizza place I like that makes a classic tomato pie like home I decide to try making one myself. Here is what I did:

2 refrigerated pizza crust (thick crusts, these can be found in your grocer's refrigerated section, I found mine near the dairy and cheeses, you can make your own fresh crust too, but I was being rather lazy the day I made this tomato pie)
1 can (approx. 8 oz) tomato paste
1 can (approx. 8 oz) tomato sauce
Fresh Romano cheese grated (use more or less to suit your taste)
1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
Oregano (more or less to suit your taste)
Black Pepper (more or less to suit your taste)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While oven is preheating take the tomato paste and the tomato sauce in a bowl and mix together. Then take the oregano, black pepper and minced garlic and mix together with the sauce.

2. Split the sauce mixture and spread on top of both store bought or fresh pizza crusts.

3. Bake in oven for 10 minutes on 375 degrees until the crust is slightly golden brown. After 10 minutes is up, take pizza out of oven and sprinkle Romano cheese on top. The heat from the pizza will melt the cheese slightly. You can eat this pizza hot or at room temperature. I prefer to eat it at room temperature.


Easy Spinach Dip:

I'm not sure how most people make their spinach dip, but the other day when I wanted to make my own I came up with the following recipe:

10 oz. pack frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained from any excess water
Approx. 8 oz Sour Cream
Approx. 2 tablespoons mayo (use more or less to suit your taste)
Chopped red onion (use more or less to suit your taste, I used about a quarter of a medium sized onion)
Cracked Black Pepper (to taste)
A dash of salt
Dried Garlic and Parsley Mix (use more or less to suit your taste, this item can be found in the spice section at your grocery store)

Basically I added all the ingredients and mixed them all together. I then transferred them into a bowl and served with garlic pita. You can use just plain pita bread as well. It's a quick delicious appetizer for any night of the week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Breakfast Pancakes:

As my first entry I'll begin with one of my favorites. Breakfast! And pancakes to be exact.

I found a recipe for basic pancakes a long time ago that I revised a bit. Adding a bit of spice here and there, they are the perfect weekend breakfast treat.

This is how I make my Pancakes:

1 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour (I prefer the whole wheat flour, you can always do half a cup of each as well.)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar (I use organic raw sugar cane)
0.5 teaspoons salt (or use less salt)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Approx. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
0.5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
A pinch of brown sugar (optional)

You can make the pancakes with just those ingredients or I like to add sliced bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips and blueberries. I tend to mix and match these ingredients. Sometimes doing banana chocolate chip pancakes and other times just banana. Be creative there's no wrong way. I like to think of what would taste nice and go from there.

1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients until moist and thick. A few lumps are okay. I usually add my fruit or chocolate chips after mixing the initial ingredients.

2. Heat a large skillet on medium to high heat (depending on your stove, I have an electric stove and keep my skillet a bit above medium heat) spray with a non-stick cooking spray or use butter on the pan so the pancakes will not stick.

3. Scoop out about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture onto the skillet. Wait until the top of the pancakes are bubbling slightly before flipping. Then carefully flip the pancakes to cook the other side. Each side should take about 1 to 2 minutes depending on the size of the pancake.

4. Serve with pure maple syrup, honey or fruit preserves! Enjoy!