Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Baked Salmon in Parchment

Several months ago we bought some frozen wild caught salmon at our grocery. This fillet of salmon is usually readily available here. Of course now I am not sure they'd have any. But that's another story. I decided to try cooking the salmon a different way.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet pan. Then place a sheet of parchment over the top. Lay the slab of salmon skin side down on the parchment. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, minced garlic, bruised rosemary sprigs, lemon slices and dots of butter. Wrap up the parchment and then the aluminum foil over the salmon, sealing the package up. Place salmon in preheated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes (depending upon the thickness and size of the salmon).
The salmon turned out moist and flaky. We had it with broccoli florets. With that much salmon we had a number of meals to enjoy. Be well.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Crabapple and More

My crabapple blooms at the same time every year and this year is no different. The white blossoms are a stark contrast to the dark green of all the trees in the forest here.
One lone tulip which was planted by a previous owner. Now I see there is another bud on the same bulb.
And the scilla is blooming now too. Mother nature gives me much solace while I'm staying at home. Strange most times I am a homebody even a recluse, but now that I must be, I have a lingering feeling of wanting to go somewhere. Isn't that the way, we want what we can't have. Be well.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A Little White Rabbit Told Me

A little white rabbit told me
perk up and don't despair
look around at all the helpers
giving and doing without reward.

Lean on friends and relatives
and folks from far and near
you have phones and social media
folks had naught from yesteryear.

Truckers, delivery drivers, stockists,
farmers, grocery & hardware clerks
help pull us through these times
and remind us of what's important.

Small business owners face devastation
still many innovate ways to make it through
drawing upon creativity and ingenuity
learning new skills to help others.

Nurses & doctors face more than we know
police, fire and EMT also are stretched thin
unemployed, poor, homeless, and vulnerable too
in comparison our lives are easy.

A little white rabbit told me
please stay at home
be thankful for what you have
soon you'll be free to roam.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Buddleia in Ikebana Vase

Some buddleia flowers with bamboo leaves in an ikebana vase. Don't know if you can see the dragonfly on the top. I made the vase in 2009. It's made with Rod's Mix clay and glazed with Jensen Blue glaze and fired to cone 10 in reduction. The glaze was developed by Brian Jensen of Utah Valley University. The recipe can be obtained in Ceramic Arts recipes. It does run so careful how much glaze you apply. Be well.