Salmon and Mango

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Chemistry, like cooking, is all about experimenting, mixing ingredients and measuring the results. In terms of cooking, different ingredients go great together. Sometimes we don’t mix them because it doesn’t seem right, like figs and Spanish ham, Camembert and strawberries, honey comb and blue cheese. These combinations are freaking awesome, the flavours mix in a way that makes you experience each ingredient individually but allows you to taste the result of their blend.

The following recipe is an example of this.

Ingredients 

  • 350 grams of fresh salmon with skin (scaled) ??????????
  • 1 ripped mango cut in small cubes
  • 1 spring onion nicely chopped (use most of the green part, don’t be shy)
  • 1/4 of a red onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium size chopped tomato, no seeds
  • 1 finely chopped serrano or jalapeno
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1 spoon of dill weed
  • 1 tea spoon of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

??????????Mix in a wee container salt, pepper, dill weed and nutmeg. Place the salmon skin up and with a sharp knife make some lines on the skin. This is good for presentation but also stops the skin to contract while cooking it. Now season the salmon with the mix, thoroughly, it’s all good, believe me, now stop! Put the salmon on the side to rest, elaborate, and listen.

In a good size bowl put the red onion, the spring onion, the cubed mango, the chilli, coriander and the tomato, mix all the ingredients together. Finally add the vinegar, lime juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. Put aside.

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On a hot non stick pan add 1 spoon of olive oil, when it is ready place the salmon, skin to the pan first. Oh, open the windows, this cooking method produces a strong fishy scent, true story. After two minutes of cooking it, turn the salmon to the other side, season the skin a little bit more with pepper and dill weed. This meat is easy to tell when is ready, as the skin turns from and orange/pink colour to… well, salmon or light pink. Finally turn again the fish, skin down, for one more minute, you want that skin cooked and crispy, oh yes you do.

Let’s bloody plate this sea delicacy! Salmon skin down to the plate, and now gently pour that fresh mango salsa you just made, there you go. Eat it! You’ll notice the texture of the salmon, its crispy skin and silky meat mixing in your mouth with the freshness of the coriander and onion, the sweetness of the mango and those crunchy spicy bites of chilli, yum!

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Oh, a good New Zealand Pinot Gris goes amazing with it.

Ps. I added some saute asparagus with mushrooms on the side, just because I can.

Ps 2. You can use some pork chops instead of the salmon.

Dessine-moi un Mouton

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Today is the 70th Anniversary of “Le Petit Prince”, my favourite book ever.

No, not that one...

No, not that one…

Why do I love this book? Simple, it reminds me that we must keep our imagination alive, that becoming an adult doesn´t mean that our dreams die with this new stage of life, and that we need to enjoy the simple things that life has to offer.

This book was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) in 1943. The author, Antoine, was a French aristocrat, poet and aviator. It was voted the best French book of the 20th century.

Le Petit Prince is also, well, can be sense as a tale of loneliness, love, friendship, adventure and kindness. It revolves on the stories and sayings of a young prince fallen to earth. The Little Prince criticizes Saint-Exupéry for his lack of disposition to enjoy life, his lack of effort to imagine beyond what he knows and believe what he hasn´t seen with his own eyes.

The book has amazing quotes, these are some of my favourites:

“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”

“It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

Everywhere I´ve traveled I´ve taken my copy of Le Petit Prince, sometimes in Spanish, sometimes in French, sometimes in English. It joins me in my adventures, so I never forget that I´m here to live life, to risk, to imagine, and live by the premise:  “No one is ever satisfied where he is”.

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The Little Prince is part of our cultural heritage, you must read it and read it again. It is never the same, it changes with you, it grows up, and makes you put things into perspective. We are here to question our lack of creativeness and selfishness. Le Petit Prince will live in our hearts forever, because deep inside we all want someone to draw us a wee sheep.

Ps1. You can read the original version of this masterpiece in the following link: Le Petit Prince