Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pesto Salmon with Green Beans

I could never cook professionally.  My godfather (who is an AMAZING cook) always says this and I've always kind of wondered about it, especially because my roommate does.  (P.S.  Naha was delicious!  Unfortunately, I forgot my camera at the office so I have no pictures.) 

I agreed to do like a competition thing with my friend and co-worker, Val, tomorrow.  She recently started a blog about all things crafty and delicious.  She is getting really into food, which means I have someone to share my excitement with over a properly risen dough.  On the surface, it's a great idea so I jumped right in and sent her these Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Mint Cream.  She sent me these Strawberry Cream Puffs, which I have yet to start and it's 8 p.m.  (My school night bedtime is around 9 p.m.)  

When I say I'll do something and give myself a deadline, then it is so hard for me to want to do it.  I could never do this professionally - I think it'd make me crabby about cooking.  Right now, cooking is my relaxation and joy!

On top of my crazy procrasination, I've felt sick most of the day.  My stomach was acting horribly this morning, which means my day has consisted of me napping on the couch with Monkey and hiding out in the bathroom.  I'm just now starting to feel better; however, now my motivation is lost and I don't have any whipping cream...

Can I come up with another excuse?!  I'm sorry, Val, but I think I'll be bringing in my entry late.  I'll take the points deduction!

This morning, I woke up to a loud clash as my laptop fell from my bed.  Apparently, I fell asleep with my computer beside me.  I didn't move all night but this morning...  It broke my charger cord, so I'm rushing to share this delicious Pesto Salmon with Green Beans before the 40 minutes left of battery life disappear and I'm computer-less for the next week or so while my charger is getting sent to me.

I made this the night of the Super Bowl.  I know - not nachos, chili or mexican dip - but I ended up working and watching it (the commercials) by myself.  I've been wanting to try steaming fish in a pouch for a while since I have a great fear of cooking fish.  It's an irrational fear of the fish falling apart so all I'm left with are dry flakes of fish...

This was delicious and oh so easy!  I started with a layer of green beans.  (They've been frozen in our freezer from last summer's roommate's dad's garden crop.  They were a little freezer burned...)

Next, put your fish fillet on the green beans.  I cut the skin off.  Squeeze some lemon juice on the fish (or a splash of white wine would be good too).

Spoon some pesto over the fish.  I love pesto and almost always have some in my fridge.

Fold up the foil around everything and stick in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.

Open up your little package and it comes out all wonderful, juicy and in one piece!!

I made some couscous to go with the fish.  Squeeze some lemon and crack some pepper on the couscous - it'll help accent the fish.

Enjoy with a glass of wine!  (I definitely felt better than all my co-workers the day after the Superbowl, which made me happy.)

Again, I'm sorry Val!  I'll make it one night this week - after getting some whipping cream.  I'll be back once I get my charger, until then lovely thoughts towards everyone!

P.S. My computer says I have 34 minutes left.  I didn't do this whole post in 6 minutes - crazy computer!

1 comment:

  1. I'll forgive you... only because I love your guts and know they will turn out delicious and be worth the wait!

    I think it's funny that we both ended up cranky about each other's recipes. The one you picked was AWESOME... I hope the one I chose turns out to be the same!