You’re starting a food blog?

I’m not a chef… Never been to culinary school (note to self: add culinary school to bucket list). I’m not a writer either… Never claimed to be, but I do enjoy it. I know a few writers (you know who you are) and if you’re reading this in absolute horror, then I’m sorry… But there are pills for that. Hopefully I can redeem myself with some delicious recipes.

So, I'm a little new to this whole blog business. I know I know... Do I live under a rock? Well, no, but I do live ON one. 'The Rock'... Otherwise known as Newfoundland and Labrador is situated on Canada's beautiful east coast. I've called this place home for most of my life. It's also home to some of the most unique food, culture and people I know. So, of course, some recipes will be infused and dotted with the unique tastes and traditional flavours I've grown up with and truly love.
 
I decided to start this blog for many reasons. But mostly it's because I just friggin’ love food... All kinds: The bad kinds, the good kinds and the worst kinds. But hey, it's all in moderation; and I think that's the key. Also, I’d really like to inspire other busy momma's out there looking to spruce up their dinners. Not just 'working' moms either. BUSY moms. Rearing children is the hardest job there is. Hands down. Without a doubt. I work outside the home as a graphic designer to get a break, for God sakes. (That’s not a joke). But right now I'm on maternity leave after having my second (and last… pending vasectomy discussion) child. I forgot how hard it was to be home with the chillens. And now that I have a three and a half year-old and a two and a half month-old, it's all coming back to me… like in a dream…  but it’s not a dream… because you have to sleep in order for that to take place… and with a newborn and three year-old… good friggin' luck, missus.  So, here I am, in front of my computer in the wee hours of the night or morning (I forget which), writing a food blog. What? Quick, someone slap me.
 
Anywho… I've been a little bored lately with our menu at home. Fallen into a rut and totally fed up with the same mediocre meals over and over. Sound familiar? It doesn't help that my three year-old only wants fish sticks! Yes, those breaded (if that's really bread) little mechanically separated rectangles of minced pieces of crap they call fish. Eww. The smell got me turned! 
 
I've become addicted to the Food Network as of late and it’s inspired me to get a little more creative in the kitchen. Expand my repertoire, so to speak. The following recipe is one I made last week (so I know it’s good) that literally takes ten minutes to make! (Deadly, right?) So it’s perfect after a long day of doing whatever it is that you do.
 
Berry Spinach Salad & Pan Fried Salmon: I probably don't have to go on and on about the benefits of spinach versus lettuce because it's pretty obvious, isn’t it? Spinach is jam-packed with nutrients and is a definite super food! Plus, it tastes a hell of a lot better and you can add it to pretty much anything... Cooked or raw - So load up on that shiz if you haven't already! Salmon is the easiest thing to cook. And there's a million ways to cook it. One of my favorite ways to eat it is floured and fried... With butter!! Oh, the horror!! Don't be turned off by butter if you're watching your waistline! Those French certainly like to use it and most of them are waifs. Again, moderation is the key – So, Enjoy!

 


Berry Spinach Salad:
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 pound spinach, rinsed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp blue poppy seeds
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 tsp pepper
1/3 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced or chopped
 
Directions:
Clean and rinse spinach. Pat dry with a paper towel and add to a large bowl. 
 
In a mason jar, add all ingredients except spinach, berries and nuts. Shake well and add to salad just before serving.
 
Pan Fried Salmon:

Ingredients:
1 salmon steak per person
Flour (1 tbsp per steak)
1-2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Rinse salmon in cold water and descale with a sharp knife. Pat dry and lay aside. On a separate plate add 2-3 tablespoons of flour (average 1 tbsp per salmon steak) add a dash of salt and pepper. Meanwhile, add butter to pan on medium-high heat. (Careful not to burn the butter) Lightly coat the salmon in flour mixture and tap off access flour. Once butter is melted add the salmon and cook 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.
 
There you have it, folks! A ten minute healthy meal that's satisfying and delicious… and if you don’t like it, then stop following me… seriously… you probably won’t like anything else either.

Comments

  1. Hey Dawn!!!! Welcome to the blogosphere :) Yummy foods - I went on a food network/rachael ray/ all things cooking, a few years back and have never turned back. I learned so much, and am proud to say I cook better than my mama now (sorry mom...)

    Anywaysssss - when you figure it out, you should add the 'followers' gadget so I can follow ya (not in the creepy stalker way...)

    I've got my own blog over at stjohnsstitcher.blogspot.ca

    Your blog buddy,

    Melissa

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  2. Thanks for the tip, Melissa! Consider yourself followed... In a non-creepy kinda way!

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