Salmon (Slow-Roasted) with Fennel & Orange:
WOW — It’s already JUNE (the month of May totally zipped by)!! I made a quick (Holiday Weekend) trip to my Farm in Wisconsin. For one day, it was GORGEOUS, Springtime lush and green. Then, the next two days it rained — Totally cloudy and rainy.
Before we arrived, my sister had gotten a few photos of a brand new (absolutely brand new) little fawn. Could barely stand up on wobbly legs to meet its mother. Then the mother hid the fawn in the tall grasses for a few days. My sister managed to get one more photo.
And now it’s already JUNE?? It’s time I shared a few more new Pots that I acquired during the St. Croix Pottery Tour (yes, from last month). And a new technique for preparing Salmon — Easy, slow-roasted in the oven. Heavenly on a new Plate made by Steve Rolf!!
The Food — Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel & Orange:
I recently stumbled on a new technique for oven-roasted Salmon — Slow-roasting in a 275 degree oven. The Salmon cooks more evenly — Evenly cooked, evenly moist/tender. Yes, I could have just slapped the salmon on a baking sheet (with parchment), but instead, I first sauteed sliced onion, sliced fennel (bulb), sliced orange, with a bit of dill weed. I placed that mixture in a shallow baking pan — Then placed the salmon (skin removed) pieces atop. Baked/roasted in 275 oven for 30 minutes.
Once out of the oven, I switched the salmon to another plate, and transferred the onion/fennel mixture back to the original saute pan. I added a bit of white wine, a few chunks of roasted tomato, some orange zest and a squeeze of orange juice.
I’ve created this dish several times already — The Salmon (broken into random pieces) and Onion/Fennel Topping, served with a Wild/Brown Rice mixed with chopped Spinach. Easy, absolutely Springtime tasty!! And so wonderful on my new Steve Rolf Plate!
The Pottery — Pots (and a Plate) by Steve Rolf:
I’m sharing a few new pieces made by Wisconsin Artist, Steve Rolf. A rich, dark brown Dinner Plate, a wonderful new Bowl with crisp, textured lines, a sweet Small Bowl in earthy green/gold tones — All recently acquired during the St. Croix Pottery Tour….
Above: A stunning Dinner Plate — With a variety of rich brown glaze treatments, creating a set of concentric circles. A gorgeous presentation for my Slow-Roasted Salmon!!
Above: A new form by Steve. A ‘bucket-shaped’ Serving Bowl with crisp lines and subtle rim/foot features. The textured exterior reminds me of old barn siding — LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
Above: The Dinner Plate with a Small Bowl — Dark clay, textured, with a thin layer of celadon glaze creating a variety of earthy green/gold tones. A Summer Soup anyone?
And that’s my late-May-into-early-June experience. After a few distracted weeks (family stuff), I’m already busy making more of my own Pots — Hoping to fire next week. HAPPY HAPPY SUMMER everyone!!