In Hot Water
Apr 25, 2012
After blogging for almost 6 years, I had come to the point where I not only accepted, but embraced the fact that I am only a “sometimes blogger.” I had decided that I didn’t need to adhere to a publishing schedule. It better suited my style to just blog when I had something to say or an excellent recipe that I had to share RIGHT NOW. I was OK with that. I hoped that my readers were, too. If not, there were lots of other bloggers out there that were regular posters. I couldn’t be everything to everyone all of the time. To make it work for me, I had to do what I loved in a way that I loved doing it.
Then, South Dakota Magazine approached me about doing submissions for this website. It has been an excellent opportunity to expand my audience, but threw a wrench into all that Zen. The magazine has a schedule. I *had to* find something to say on a regular basis. And, more importantly, I had to prep and photograph more recipes that were worth sharing. Yikes. There goes my carefree blogging.
This week, I felt like I was in hot water. There are a lot of things going on in my life, and I lost track of the days. Suddenly, this deadline was hitting me upside the head. Thankfully, I knew just what to share. A recipe that specifically calls for hot water would be perfect, no?
Poaching salmon is one of the easiest preparations for this firm, meaty fish. Homemade tartar sauce isn’t difficult, either…and sooooo much better than jarred stuff. If you can boil water, you can make this, even under the pressure of a deadline. Hot water is a good thing, this time.
Poached Salmon with Homemade Tartar Sauce
(adapted from Rachael Ray)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Juice and grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1 large dill pickle, finely chopped (I am lucky enough to have a stash of delicious, homemade garlic dills from a friend.)
1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
4 salmon fillets, 1-inch thick
Salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, pickle, chives and hot sauce; cover and refrigerate. Cut four sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, large enough to cover salmon to make a foil pouch. Place each salmon fillet on a sheet and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Fold the foil over the salmon to enclose, then and press the foil on the cut sides to seal. (You need a waterproof pouch.)
Carefully drop the packets in the boiling water, cover and cook until the salmon is just firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer each packet to a plate and carefully cut open. Serve with the tartar sauce. Serves 4.
Fran Hill has been blogging about food at On My Plate since October of 2006. She, her husband and two dogs reside near Colome.