Monday, June 17, 2013

Random Stuff including Father's Day, Ellie's First Day of Work, a Salmon Recipe and Some Fun Videos

Yesterday was Father's Day. Larr and Grandpa Don drove up to Edwards to meet Ethan for lunch. Ellie and I were not available to go. It is easy to see that it was a fun afternoon for the boys.

Today is Ellie's first day at Jeffco Open Space where she will be part of the Trail Stewardship team. This means that she will spend her days maintaining hiking and biking trails. Today they will be working at the Deer Creek Canyon Park.
When I told her that I wanted to get a photo of her, she looked at her dad and they both rolled their eyes as if to say, "Mom is such a dork." But I'm okay with that. I am pretty sure that every good mom has some healthy measure of dorkiness. Right? Then she replies with something like, "Okay Mom, you can do this, as long as you don't post it on your Facebook page. I don't want everyone to see it. It's not like I have not worked before." Okay, fair enough. At least she consented to let me post photos here.
Here's hoping it is a good day. I am certain that she will be happy to have some money of her own to do with as she wishes.

I love the band, Walk Off the Earth. No only do they make great music, but they are also so talented. Here is a new video, a cover t=of the Bruno Mars song, "Natalie" and their "Behind the Scenes" video as well. I included it because I think it is so interesting to see how they employ everyday objects, like a battery operated toothbrush and a metal salad bowl, to create interesting sounds. I think they must "look" for sounds every where, every day, just like I see the world in pictures and paintings that I could create. (Be aware that both videos have some adult language included.)

And then, here's what I think we will have for dinner.

Salmon With Ham Hock Vinaigrette
via: The Wall Street Journal
The braising liquid from a slow-cooked ham hock brings smoky depth—but little fat—to the vinaigrette on this pan-fried salmon.

Active Time: 1 hour Total Time: 5 hours Serves: 4

1 smoked ham hock
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
½ onion, coarsely chopped
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
10 sprigs thyme
5 sprigs rosemary
1 fresh bay leaf
3 cups veal or beef stock
2 small shallots, minced
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped chives
3 tablespoons olive oil
Four 5-ounce salmon fillets
2 tablespoons canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. In a small, lidded, oven-safe casserole, cook ham hock, carrots, onions, celery, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and stock, covered, until ham is very tender, about 4 hours.

2. Remove casserole from oven and let ham cool completely in liquid. Once ham is cool, place it on a cutting board and remove meat from bone, discarding fat and skin. Finely dice meat and set aside.

3. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a heavy-bottomed pan. Place pan over medium heat and cook, skimming often to remove any fat rising to the surface, until liquid is reduced by about half and reaches a syrupy consistency, 15-20 minutes.

4. In a mixing bowl, whisk shallots, diced ham, vinegar, ¼ cup reduced ham-hock liquid, chives and olive oil until combined.

5. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Season salmon with salt. Swirl canola oil into skillet, then add salmon. For rare fillets, sear 1-2 minutes per side. Divide fillets among four plates and spoon vinaigrette over salmon. Serve immediately.

Here's what I think I will make for Tuesday:

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Style Burritos
via: Kevin and Amanda blog

1 cup rice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 medium (soft taco sized) flour tortillas
1 cup Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
3 cups (12 oz) chopped chicken
2 cups shredded cheese
10 oz enchilada sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Combine the rice, salt, lime juice and 2 cups water in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 14 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and set aside.
2. Spread each tortilla down the middle with two tablespoons of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus, top with three tablespoons of rice, 1/3 cup chicken, and sprinkle on shredded cheese as desired. Roll up and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
3. Cover the tortillas completely with enchilada sauce and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
Makes 8 burritos.

I think we need to end this with more music:

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