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Last night was great. How to cook salmon fillets in a pan My Brazilian crew (Fabiola, Lenicio, Lusimar & Andre) and the other international folks (Karine & Claudine) threw me a surprise birthday party. How to cook salmon fillets They also taught me how to make Moqueca Baiana. How to cook frozen salmon fillets in the oven This was a BIG deal for me. How to cook a salmon fillet in the oven I actually tried making moqueca last spring using salmon filets, but wasn’t terribly impressed by my efforts, but I was SUPER impressed yesterday.

Lenicio explained that there are two different types of moqueca, the one from the Bahia state (which is where he is from) and Moqueca Capixaba, from the southeast. How long does salmon take to cook in the oven The big difference between the two is that the Moqueca Baiana uses palm oil (dende) and the Moqueca Capixaba does not.

It’s really not a hard dish to make, the most work to do involves chopping the veggies, other than that, you just put the lid on and let it cook.

PS Thanks again to Lenicio for all his tips on how to make a great moqueca and to Fabiola for chopping all the vegetables before I got there. How to cook salmon without foil It was a GREAT party guys and I’ll try to get the recipes up for the Pirao de peixe and the great bday cake you made Karine!

2.250 kg Fish steaks (bones in). How to cook salmon steaks in oven We used whiting, but halibut, tuna, and other hearty

1 tablespoon of colorau de urucum (a natural colourant used in Brazilian

cuisine, similar to the use of paparika in Portuguese cuisine)

5 Bell peppers, roughly chopped (we used 2 yellow, 2 red and 1 orange)

3 pimento de cheiro (literally “the smelly pepper,” they are very fragrant,

are yellow in colour and about the size of a grape. How to cook salmon on stove top Available in Portuguese

1 bunch of fresh cilanto, finely chopped. How to cook smoked salmon fillet Also chop a handful of the cilantro

Tools –> A dutch oven, if you have one. How long to cook salmon steaks We used a clay wok which also worked. How to grill salmon fillets You want to use something that will retain its heat so that you can simmer the stew at a lower temperature.

1. How to cook baked salmon Marinade the fish steaks with salt, pepper, colorau de urucum and the juice from the lines. How long to cook salmon fillet You can let the fish hang out while you chop the veggies. How long to cook baked salmon About 1- 2 hours (if you have the time)

2. How long does salmon take to cook in oven Heat the pot on the stove top and then add the olive oil and palm oil. How long to cook salmon fillets Add the chopped garlic and the handful of chopped cilantro stems. How to cook salmon fillets in the oven This is going to infuse the oil with all that flavour and your kitchen is going to smell AWESOME 🙂

3. How to cook salmon steaks in a frying pan Being careful not to let the garlic burn, layer about half the fish steaks on top of the frying garlic and then layer about half the chopped vegetable mixture on top of the fish, then another layer of the veggies. Salmon steak cooking time Keep in mind that the number of layers you have depends on the size of your pot. Salmon fillet cooking time Lower the heat to medium.

4. How to prepare salmon steaks Add the tomato paste, and pimento de cheiro on top of your last vegetable layer. Cooking a salmon fillet Cover the pot and do let simmer for 35 to 40 minutes. How to cook salmon without skin Don’t mix anything, just let the fish and veggies get to know one another, undisturbed 🙂

5. Salmon oven cooking time By this time, your house is going to smell like a sea side restaurant and your guests mouths are going to be watering. How to prepare salmon fillet Carefully add the coconut milk and sprinkle the top of the dish with all that chopped cilantro. Oven baked salmon with lemon Remember to taste for salt before taking the pot to the table!

6. Oven roasted salmon fillet Serve with rice, more fresh cilantro and Pirao de Peixe (recipe yet to be written and posted)

A few weeks ago, my brother David forwarded me an email about an event with Bob Blumer from FoodTV coming to UWO. Oven cook salmon fillet Being a fan of his shows I emailed to sign up and received a reply saying that the event was full, but that there was a waiting list. How to cook salmon fillet in a pan With very little faith, I put my name on the waiting list and miraculously received a reply a few hours later saying that the event had been moved to a bigger room. Oven baked salmon fillets I was pretty happy about that, but more happy of the fact that there was also a contest to be Bob Blumer’s sous-chef for the event…so i put my name in the contest and sent every possible good vibe I could muster along with it…a few more weeks past, and I never heard from the organizers…until last Thursday when I got an email from the organizers saying i had won the contest!!! I had problems controlling myself and NOT doing a happy dance in my office…although i think i may have squealed…I’ll have to double check with my office neighbours on that one, lol

So today was the big day…i was pretty psyched for the whole day and looking forward to meeting him…which i did.He was pretty down to earth and seemed, well, normal…

Anyways, he gave a talk about how he got from UWO (which is where he graduated from…I didn’t know that until I got the original email) to Food TV (it was a non-direct route, but a good story…you can find out more about Bob here) He also talked about what he thought the equation for success was…some smarts + creativity + tenacity + hubris + adaptability + timing + luck…I think thats all of them…but you get the idea. Oven cook salmon fillets So after he answered some questions from the audience, he introduced me and told me that I wasn’t going to be his sous-chef but that i was going to be his competitor! It’s all good I thought, i’m comfortable in the kitchen and in front of crowds…this will be fun….well that was until he pulled out a box of Kraft Dinner! He was trying to prove the point that making some garlic & chili powder infused sauce with pasta was quicker than Kraft dinner and cost about the same…the one problem was that I have never made Kraft Dinner!!! He was pretty surprised and I think most of the ppl in the audience were too, but it’s the truth, I’ve tried the stuff twice in my life because other ppl had made it, and hated it both times….anyways, it was all good. Cooking salmon with skin on We got one of the 300 other ppl who knew what they were doing to give me a crash course in Kraft dinner, and it ended up being that Bob’s dish was faster and much tastier!

So the lesson of the day, cooking from scratch is preferred, but cooking out of a box can also come in handy…stay tuned for my next post….How to Make Kraft Dinner :p

So ‘Portuguese Surf & Turf’ isn’t the literal translation, but it gives you an idea of what this dish is about. How to cook salmon with skin on Again, it’s a dish from the southern Alentejo province, where much of the more creative of Portuguese cuisine comes from. Grilling salmon with skin on A few notes about this one, small clams are better since they cook faster and usually taste better…just make sure they are fresh. Cook salmon fillet oven I’ve used shrimp when I can’t find clams in land-locked Ontario, not the same, but better than nothing.

*If you don’t have pimento sauce, you can substitute it with your own homemade version using 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp. Whole salmon fillet recipes sweet paprika, 1 tbsp olive oil

1. Cooking frozen salmon fillets Marinade the pork with the pimento sauce, wine, bay leaves, and garlic in a non-metallic bowl, overnight if possible.

2. Baked whole salmon fillet Bake potatoes in one layer with a good drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper @ 425 C for about 30 minutes or until they look lightly brown and toasty. Recipe for baked salmon fillet Alternatively, the potatoes can be deep fried; you’re choice.

3. Cooking salmon fillets in oven In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil and add marinated pork and brown on all sides.

4. Cooking salmon steaks in oven Remove pork from pan, and set aside. How to cook a salmon steak Add chopped onion and leftover marinade to the saucepan and saute until onions are translucent. Baking a salmon fillet Add tomato paste.

5. Recipe for baked salmon fillets Put the browned pork back in the saucepan and incorporate the onion/tomato mixture. Baking salmon fillets in oven Lower the heat and let the contents simmer.

6.Add the clams on top of the pork, distributing them as evenly as possible and cook about 20 minutes or until they open.

7. Baked salmon fillets Arrange the baked (or fried) potatoes on a serving platter and pour the pork/clam mixture on top.

8. Bake salmon fillet in oven Garnish with sliced orange and lemon slices and freshly chopped cilantro.

As promised, my cheese demo from the Western Fair a few weeks ago…I was pretty busy that weekend with my parents grape festival and wasn’t as energetic as I wish I was, but I’m happy with it…especially the comments from the tasters 🙂

PS Big Thanks goes out to my ‘fan club’ who came out to support me…it made it all the better 🙂

Before I sat down to write this post, the first thing I did was try to find an english translation for acorda. How to bake salmon fillet Obviously, I came up empty handed and ‘bread-soup’ was the closest thing I could come up with. How long to bake salmon fillet I call it bread soup because as far as I know, all acordas use day-old bread to thicken it. How to bake a salmon fillet This soup is very typical of the southern Alentejo province of Portugal where acordas are also made using codfish ( bacalhau) or seafood ( marisco).

This is a very regional dish, and it’s rare to see it served outside of the Alentejo province. How to bake salmon fillet in oven My Mom fell in love with the dish when we happened on a ‘hole in the wall’ type of restaurant somewhere in the middle of the province on a very hot day. How long to bake a salmon fillet To this day, my Mom still talks about that meal.

Having never attempted to make this dish before, I had my doubts it would turn out, but it was dead easy to make and tasted SO good. How long bake salmon fillet It may take you a few minutes to get used to the texture of the soggy bread, but hopefully the flavour of the cilantro and garlic will make you think of acorda like a Portuguese version of French onion soup (minus the cheese)

6 cups (a good size loaf) day old Portuguese, French or Italian crusty bread, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks

2. Baked salmon fillet Using a mortar and pestle, pulverize the garlic and cilantro together until it forms a thickish paste. How to bake salmon fillets Transfer to the bottom of a heat-proof bowl or casserole dish and drizzle with the olive oil.

3. Baked salmon fillet in foil Once the water is boiling, poach the eggs. Baked salmon fillet recipes The whites will spread everywhere, just be careful that he yolks don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Baked salmon fillets recipes Gently boil until eggs are cooked through (about 2 or 3 minutes)

4. Easy baked salmon fillet recipes Add the bread to the bowl and coat all the pieces with the cilantro-garlic-olive oil mixture. Calories in baked salmon fillet Sprinkle with the ground pepper.

5. How long do you bake salmon fillets Pour the boiling egg water mixture into the heat proof bowl and arrange the poached eggs on top. How long to bake salmon fillets Sprinkle the top with fresh cut cilantro.

6. How long do you cook salmon fillets Serve at the table with a ladle being sure to give place an egg in each person’s bowl.

I think this dish embodies many things that are uniquely Mediterranean…it marries garlic and olive oil with a baked potato, replacing the usual sour cream and chives. How to cook a salmon fillet And instead of gently cutting open the potato, these ones are literally beat up (‘ a muro’) in the true hot blooded fashion that is being Mediterranean.

I’ve never really liked potatoes, but this, along with my grandma’s taters , are by far my favourite ways of eating potatoes. How to cook a fillet of salmon I don’t think I’m the only one, since most people that try them, usually ask for seconds.

As a bonus, it’s a really easy recipe and goes well with anything, but we usually serve it will grilled fish.

1. How to cook salmon fillet in the oven Put the whole potatoes on a baking sheet or shallow baking pan and bake at 450 F for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes begin to very lightly brown.

2. How long to cook a salmon fillet Using an oven mitt or clean linen cloth, pick up one potato at a time and squeeze it until it pops open (This is the beating up part!). How long to cook salmon fillet in oven Transfer to a deep heat-proof bowl.

3. How to cook a whole salmon fillet Drizzle potatoes with olive oil until evenly coated, add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste. How to cook salmon steaks in the oven Serve immediately.

My cousin Jorge, lives in Portugal, and is a great cousin because not only does he read my blog, he suggests recipes and ways to make it better. How long to cook a salmon fillet in the oven This recipe is one of them.

He emailed me shortly after I posted this recipe to tell me his quick way of baking the potatoes….in the microwave. Best way to cook salmon fillets I’ve never tried it with this recipe, but I have ‘baked’ potatoes in the microwave before, and they have turned out just fine. How to cook salmon fillet with skin Jorge suggested 8 to 9 minutes at the maximum setting, but use your best judgement.

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