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Top Chef DC Inspired English Pea Puree and Salmon

10 Aug

Inspired by the recent infamous “pea puree” episode I made my own version for us less experienced busy chefs and with ingredients that are easy to get.   I used orzo as a substitute for black forbidden rice, and didn’t marinate the salmon overnight.  I am a terrible plater, but I promise it is delicious!

This is a recipe for two:


1 package salmon

Salt and pepper to taste

Salmon marinade:

1 tbsp champagne or balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp low fat maple syrup

1 tsp olive oil

A couple drops of worcestershire sauce

Orzo soaked in fennel broth:

1 box orzo

1 can low sodium chicken broth

1-2 shallots (optional)

1 tsp olive oil

Fennel and pear salad:

1/2 bulb fennel

Pear balsamic or balsamic vinegar

2 pears

1 red onion

Pea puree:

English peas (1 bag frozen)

1 pint low-fat or regular cream


Slice one half of the fennel, the pears, and red onion.  Add a touch of balsamic or pear balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Soak overnight if you have time.

Warm up chicken broth.  Add ½ of the sliced fennel bulb. In a separate pan, sauté shallots until translucent (optional).  Add fresh parsley or rosemary (optional). Add orzo and olive oil and cook slowly.  Cooking the orzo slowly will allow it to absorb the flavor of the fennel.

Blanch peas in boiling salt water for one minute; shock in ice water.  Warm cream and reduce by half.  Combine cream and peas in a food processor and puree until smooth.

Mix together marinade ingredients and cover salmon.  Grill salmon.  Add fresh or dried parsley or rosemary or garlic (optional).

Plate and enjoy!

And beware of cat! Who knew they liked pea puree too?


Why my blog?

14 Jun

I’ve been thinking about what makes my blog different, or if it is any different than any other blog.  I’m not a professional chef or professional food photographer or a professional blogger.  I guess the difference is that my recipes are, in general, healthy, low-fat, low-calorie, relatively easy to find the ingredients for and affordable (and I will put spoiler alerts when that is not the case) so that any busy young professional can make them, and so far, my friends have enjoyed them.  The other thing is that I’m really into theme menus, from holiday parties to romantic dinners for two.  Many sites will post a recipe, but they don’t then suggest pairing sides, wines, or making the food fit into a theme.

So if you have a theme you would like me to suggest a menu for, please go ahead and ask : )