When I was in grade school, there were not a lot of organized sports leagues for girls. If you wanted to play team sports, your opportunity arrived in 7th grade when you could try out for our public middle school teams.
When that time arrived, I thought I would give field hockey a go! Why not, I thought to myself? My new friend, Martha was going to try out and I wanted to hang with her. I was a good swimmer and played some tennis so how hard could field hockey really be?
Pretty hard it turns out. Maneuvering a small ball around a field with a wooden stick while other people were chasing you was not my forte (as I thankfully discovered during gym class which saved me the embarrassment of going to try outs!). Trust me – competitive field hockey + me = trip to the hospital, no doubt.
So what’s a girl to do? I was a cheerleader, yes it’s true.
Thankfully, I was also fairly capable at indoor “sports” (and I don’t mean squash). I danced – ballet and eventually tap dancing (I begged my mother to let me tap – it was much more FUN). I studied piano from the time I was 7 until I left for college. And I spent most of my high school afternoons in the theater (a synonym for auditorium in the case of my school), which I suppose was the “organized team experience” of my high school days.
So, what does this all have to do with salmon?
Despite my lack of athletic prowess, my daughters have spent a lot of time on the playing fields over the years like many of the children in your lives I am sure. Soccer, basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, you name it. As long as there wasn’t a rink or a live animal involved, they generally participated.
I have great memories of my husband coaching, the thrill of victory and the “on to the next” of defeat. And I will cherish the 10-week sprint friendships shared with so many parents on the sidelines. You can learn a lot on those sidelines and this past lacrosse season was no different. Of course, we absolutely watched, cheered and commented on the game, but we also chatted about the fate of prom dresses seen on Facebook, college choices, restaurants and that nagging question that keeps coming up on a daily basis, “What is for Dinner?”.
For many, making a dinner plan is like getting a daily poke in the eye around 6 pm! The demands on our time often fight with our energy to get a healthy and appealing meal on the table.
Salmon with Orange-Avocado Salsa is an easy dish that you can put together in under 30 minutes. While it meets the requirements of a quick weeknight meal, it could definitely be served at a dinner party as well.
The inspiration for this dish came from an old Bon Appetit recipe that can be found here. My husband isn’t a huge salmon lover, but he will eat almost anything with heat and avocados! I tweaked the salsa ingredients a bit and chose to oven bake the salmon at 350 which resulted in a moist, perfectly cooked piece of fish in 18 minutes (I find higher temps cause the fish to seize and cook unevenly).
You can make the salsa while the fish cooks and if you don’t have oranges, you can try grapefruit or mango. Serve it with other fishes as well.
The asparagus at my local farm looked gorgeous so I roasted some in the same oven alongside the fish to serve as a side dish. This is hardly a recipe, but just drizzle the spears with a little extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper before placing in the oven.
A gorgeous piece of salmon
I chose to cut the salmon down the middle like this. I prefer this presentation and the pieces cook more evenly. I really need a new cutting board.
Salmon is an oily fish so I skipped drizzling it with additional oil and just sprinkled the pieces liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
The color of Cara Cara oranges is just gorgeous. I’d like a sweater in this color so if anyone sees one in their travels, please let me know.
Luscious salmon with a healthy salsa is a meal on its own.
But why not add some asparagus! Brown rice too if you want!
Oh, and just for fun (and a little bit of nostalgia), here I am with my friend Brian Milauskas playing Lola in Damn Yankees! Check out Brian’s theater company, KIDSTOCK!
I hope you make this dish soon – tonight, even! Let me know what you think in the comments!