Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mirin-glazed salmon and a first day at school

I really would like to eat more fish but we are at a slight disadvantage living so far from the sea. I also don't have terribly many fish recipes that thrill me, but this is one that more than does the job. It is so quick and so very delicious.

Mirin-glazed salmon from Nigella Express
60 ml mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
50g light brown sugar
60 ml soy sauce
4 x 125g pieces of salmon, cut from the thick part of the fillet so that they are narrow but tall rather than wide and flat.
2 x 15ml tablespoons rice vinegar
1-2 spring onions, halved and shredded into fine strips.

1. Mix the mirin, brown sugar and soy sauce in a shallow dish that will take all four pieces of salmon, and marinate the salmon in it for 3 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the second. Meanwhile heat a large, non-stick frying pan on the hob.
2. Cook the salmon in the hot (don't make it too hot or the sugar will burn as in the photo above), dry pan for 2 minutes and then turn the salmon over, add the marinade and cook for another 2 minutes.
3. Remove the salmon to whatever plate you're serving it on, add the rice vinegar to the hot pan and warm through.
4. Pour the dark, sweet, salty glaze over the salmon and top with the spring onions. Serve with rice or noodles as you wish, and consider putting some sushi ginger on the table, too.
Serves 4

This morning I took Bethany to school for the first of three events aimed at getting her ready to start next year. She was thrilled to be at school with Jossie who was keen to show her around.

Bethany is very lucky to have several friends from daycare going to the same school. Amy, Hannah and Bethany were having a lovely game and I asked if I could take this photo.

Hannah asked me to take this one. After they had played in the playground for ages, the children all went into the kindy classrooms and the parents went elsewhere for morning tea. When it was time to go I found Bethany in the classroom kitchen. She is her mother's daughter.

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