A Salmon Dinner Recipe…Cooking Gadgets…And Creative Inspiration…

IMG_8150 2These are the ingredients for my Salmon Dinner…Victor and I have this meal once a week,  because we like it so much and also it’s healthy… Lately, I’ve been inspired by Renasainsse still life paintings…so I’m trying to make my food look like a painting…



Above are just some of the paintings that have given me creative inspiration…notice the wicker wine bottles…when I saw those lemons I thought I would try cutting mine like that!!

Maple Salmon Recipe


1/8 cup of maple syrup
1/8 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons of sliced scallions
2 Tablespoons of fresh dill
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 Pounds of salmon


Mix first 7 ingredients, pour over salmon, bake in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until fish is mostly cooked, basting halfway through, put under the broiler for 5 minutes to lightly brown top.
Note: I use aluminum foil pans, over and over again until they get a hole in them, then wash and recycle them.  They clean up fast and they are nice and light!



Left photo is maple mixture to pour over salmon…right, basting salmon halfway through cooking…

Pan Cooked Kale and Asparagus


1 Pound or a bunch of asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed
1 Bunch of kale
2 Large garlic cloves minced
2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 Cup of Ginger Miso Broth (Trader Joe’s)
Coarse salt and pepper to taste


In a frying pan, sauté garlic in olive oil until lightly brown with a little salt
and pepper, pour in Ginger Miso Broth, add asparagus and kale, cover and steam for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender but still green.



This is a handy gadget to chop or mince garlic, I call it the garlic wheel, it’s easy to use and clean…a great tool if you use garlic a lot!!  You can get it or see it on Amazon, click here.



Another handy tool is this microwave rice cooker…I love cooking rice in the microwave because you don’t have to keep watch over it, just put in and do something else…  This is a Tupperware Rice Cooker…If you don’t know a Tupperware Dealer, I found it on Amazon, the prices are all over the place but it’s worth it, click here.  I cooked this rice with the Ginger Miso Broth, it gives it such a great taste!!

IMG_8183And the finished dinner…

IMG_8501And a few days later for lunch at school…leftovers!!  A salmon bowl with butter lettuce, rice, asparagus tips, cucumber, kalamata olives with olive oil and ginger blackberry balsamic vinegar…an apple for a snack…


IMG_8454Ok, so I’m a little crazy, I even match my outfits to my food???  Creative inspiration can come from so much around us…don’t ever be afraid to follow it, you never know where it could lead, at the most, it could lead to success…Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun!” …and at the least, it could lead to fun!!!  The jeans in this outfit are vintage, they were my favorite jeans in the 1980’s…I don’t know why I kept them but they’re totally back in style, a little tight but I can still wear them…salmon sweater is from Anthropologie, leopard shoes are from Payless, scarf is from TJMaxx and the violin is an old knick-knack that I got online many years ago, but I thought it was going to be a lot bigger when I ordered it…it’s been packed away for some years, then I took it out when I saw this picture below…  The picture below and my picture of salmon ingredients gave me some creative inspiration for this outfit…

violin-instrument-still-life-photographersStill Life Photography by Kevin Best

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