Fish & Rice

or.. should I say..

pistachio encrusted wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and Jamie Oliver’s Risotto? 


That was tonight’s creation for dinner.   I came home, put on the jazz.. pulled out all the ingredients and my 2 recipes to try out.


I should have read them both over very carefully first.. then I would have known that the Risotto takes much longer to cook than the salmon.  No prob, I caught it in time.  I did prep the salmon first, crushing the pistachios, adding dill, fresh lemon juice, S&P and brown sugar, and a shot or two of Doterra Lemon Oil to give it a bit extra zestiness.

Next was the Risotto.. Jamie Oliver’s recipe says 2 glasses of Vermouth or dry white wine.. i didn’t have Vermouth in the house.. and honestly.. when he says 2 glasses.. what size glass?  6 oz?  9 oz pour?   A Leyenhorst pour?  LOL… So i had fun and just poured in half a bottle… which would be about 2 x 6 oz glasses.

His recipe called for garlic, onion, celery, white wine, chicken stock, butter, parmesan, and salt.  Nice and easy.. but a bit labour intensive.  Thankfully I had all the prep done ahead on the salmon.  (did you know that WILD caught salmon (specifically NOT Atlantic) is the best for you?


Turned out pretty fantastic.. i overcooked the salmon by about 3-4 minutes.. still getting used to our gas oven.. but what a JOY to cook on a gas stove!!  Oh i’m having fun…. and Guillermo is enjoying what I’ve been cooking so far.. wait til I get more adventurous!

After dinner I tackled the remainder of unpacking our bedroom.  I made the mistake of watching Marie Kondo’s new show on Netflix too late last night.. so when i got home from work tonight, BEFORE I started dinner, I threw all our clothes on the bed (that hadn’t already been sorted).   Since we’d already done a big purge before we moved, it didn’t take too long.  She’d be proud, don’t you think??









Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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