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Alaskan Salmon with Orzo Salad

This week   #BlueApron , which we resumed  this week , introduced me to a very interesting Alaskan Salmon on a bed of Orzo Salad.

I learnt some very interesting facts with this meal

  • The Alaskan Salmon is a country cousin of the Norwegian Salmon that I’ve relished as thin slices smoked to perfection and eaten plain or in tiny sandwiches .
  • This ray finned fish is found in the cold waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans . You can find out more about the Wild Alaskan Salmon here.
  • The Salmon like the trout live in the oceans but return to the fresh water upstream to breed .
  • The salmon is an oily fish and is comparable to our Indian Rawas

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  • Orzo is a wheat pasta that looks like RICE! This short grain like pasta is ideal for soups and salads.
  • You can make a salad with French Beans.

As usual, #BlueApron provided all the ingredients and the knick knacks as they call the accompanying condiments essential for the dish.

how to make the alaskan salmon and orzo salad.

I am  blogging on my iPhone with a baby on my lap so cannot give the exact amounts now. But I just had to share this with you. If you are an experienced cook ( or an adventurous one) you could try this. Or wait till I post the exact recipe soon. 

With salt and pepper as seasoning, some finely minced garlic sautéed in olive oil, a handful of green beans , a sprig of spring onion and a dash of lemon juice it was easy to make the salad with the orzo that was cooked al dents.

And again the fillets of salmon that were seasoned with salt and pepper , were seared in a non stick pan in a drizzle of olive oil. The fillets were turned just once ( cooking each side for 4 minutes) .

Now isn’t that easy?

The next time you’re looking to make an easy and healthy fish dish, why don’t you try this?

My own suggestion 

I haven’t tried this but when I get back I’m going to try this with Red Snapper . This is a nice firm fleshed fish that lends itself well to fillets and grilling

Fritatta when #BlueApron doesn’t show up

Staying in a serviced apartment and without a car, we thought that using #BlueApron would solve our eating issues. It is difficult to eat or order out with a toddler in tow and since #BlueApron delivers ingredients and recipes, it seems ideal for people with limited kitchen space and no prior knowledge from where to source stuff.

But yesterday we were proved wrong when #BlueApron failed to deliver!

As a matter of fact , we are still waiting.

But hunger doesn’t wait does it?

So I rummaged around in the fridge and found some left over ingredients from pervious #BlueApron deliveries ( tomato, potato, spinach) and with some eggs, milk, ham and cheese that I’d picked up from the neighbourhood grocery store, I whipped up this healthy and nutritious #fritatta.

I must say I added a bit of Dijon mustard for that extra zing but this was entirely my choice!

However, whenever you are in a bind, this is a great dish .


The Dutch Kitchen at Schiphol

If you are transiting in Amsterdam for an onward flight to or from the New World, the new transit area is a comfortable place to lounge around in during the layover of a few hours. 
Apart from the regular shopping for shopaholics , there is a delightful new restaurant offering a taste of  Holland. 

Of course the potato chips ( French fries) that accompanied the chunks of crisply fried kibbeling are not a patch on the ones you get on the street , particularly off Dam Square, but nonetheless they are well worth an eat. 

Also one of my favourites are the min pancakes which look a bit like idli dusted with powdered sugar 

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I was looking for the famous bitterballen but had to make do with these croquettes instead
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Regular Dutch Pancakes and Kibbeling and chips
Of course I forgot to mention the Dutch Apple pie which is quite unlike any other – with its soft crumbly crust covering a crunchy Apple filling and topped with a generous helping of soft, whipped cream. 

Now isn’t that worth spending some time at Schiphol airport ? 

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Sloppy Joe with #Blue Apron


What is a sloppy joe?

i’ve always wondered what a Sloppy Joe really was and only found out in week 3 with #BlueApron.

For those unfamiliar with the term, let me explain

A sloppy joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. The dish originated in the United States during the early 20th century. Wikipedia

I eagerly assembled the ingredients that were provided image

and washed the beans and tomato

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I proceeded to cook the minced beef as given in the recipe and soon I had a pot of meat sauce bubbling away in the pan

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Within minutes I lightly browned the halved potato buns . I slopped the meat sauce , topped it off with the pickled gherkin ( they called them pickled chips) and assembled the burger before serving it with the bean and tomato salad. image for Sloppy Joe


Well the bean and tomato salad was nothing to write home about and frankly far too sour for me but the Sloppy Joes?

They were yum .

This recipe is quite easy to make even if one had to start with getting the ingredients but if you can get them from #BlueApron why not?

Would you like to know the recipe for this classic American comfort food? 

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Chicken & fresh Basil Fettuccine with #Blue Apron

Discovering Blue Apron

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I am currently in New Jersey helping my daughter settle in. We are staying in what would be termed a well appointed serviced apartment till she identifies an chooses a suitable house.

While cooking is a breeze, shopping for ingredients with an infant in tow is quite a difficult proposition . This problem was easily solved using Blue Apron whose mission is

to make incredible home cooking accessible to everyone

Chicken & Fresh Basil Fettucinne

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So how does this work?

This is easier than ordering from a restaurant because all you have to do is download the App, register yourself and voila – you get a meal delivery service for a week.

The recipes come with all the ingredients and clear instructions on how to make the dish.

So this morning I made the Fettucinne with minced chicken in a creamy tomato sauce. Needless to say, it took the stress out of deciding what to cook and worse still shopping for the ingredients .

While Ms Papaya was playing with her mother, I got out all the ingredients, followed the recipe card and within minutes our dinner was ready to eat !

I can’t wait for Blue Apron to deliver the next box of meals that will come neatly packed with ice packs to ensure that the fresh produce stays fresh!