Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Culinary Olympics: Dukkah-Rubbed Salmon with Honey Tarragon Potatoes

There's something about participating in The Culinary Olympics that makes me hear the Rocky theme song in my head. I keep wanting to run through the city and find a long staircase to run up.

BloggerAid: Changing the Face of Famine (BACFF) is hosting an event to promote both our sport (food) and mission (to actively promote the allevation of world hunger).

We have until February 28th at midnite to submit a recipe that represents your country to blogs4famine(at)gmail(dot)com.

BACFF has been actively working to raise funds and awareness of world hunger. Just this past November they completed The BloggerAid Cookbook. All of the recipes in the cookbook come from foodbloggers around the world. I have my own copy -- it's a very impressive accomplishment, completed by a devoted group of volunteers.

The BloggerAid Cookbook

100% of the proceeds target children and education through the World Food Programme called School Meals. Purchases can be made by clicking the cookbook cover above.

Representing Canada, here is my submission:

Dukkah-Rubbed Salmon with Honey Tarragon Potatoes

The salmon is rubbed with Oregon Dukkah (I also added some paprika). The salmon is from Atlantic Canada. The rub is from the States. But, what's more Canadian than a recipe that includes American-produced ingredients? The rub was nice, but tasted mainly of sesame seeds.

The potatoes are a variation on this recipe. Except this time, instead of a plain dijon, I used a honey tarragon mustard. It was excellent!

This mustard come from Mrs. McGarrigle's, a well-known local manufacturer of mustards/savouries/chutneys/preserves/sea salts/peppercorns. Any food specialty store you go to in Ontario carries a range of Mrs. McGarrigle's products.

The Olympics start in one week. I hope you'll participate in The Culinary Olympics! StumbleUpon


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

What an amazing feast we will have Giz once the Olympics come to town. I see that Russia will be donating snow even so talk about a world event:D Those outside of Canada will find ti hard to believe we have no snow all winter long:D

kat said...

I love the comment about what is a Canadian dish without American produced ingredients

Hopie said...

Oooh, I live on Montmartre where there are loads of long stairways to run up - I'm feeling inspired! The salmon looks yummy. You remind me that I need to post for this!

Dharm said...

This looks really super! I cant wait for the full roundup!

noble pig said...

Oregon Dukkah!! Well, I'm in!!

SYD said...

The salmon looks delicious and savory. I will have to try this recipe. I have a question though, was the salmon spices combined with the honey tarragon potatoes not too many flavors in one dish?

PG said...

BKS -- Personally, I didn't it find it to have too many flavours.

I am always surprised that the mustard is much subtler after being cooked. I've made potatoes this way 3 times and am always surprised by that. With regards to the I mentioned, the prominent flavour was sesame seeds. In fact, I would have rather it been more flavourful.

All together, I didn't find it was overpowering. Maybe my palate is the most sensitive though.

Nina Timm said...

I want to taste that in my mouth right this minute.....Ooooo, I can just imagine the flavor explosion....

Arlette said...

Nice dish with beautiful flavours.
I love fish in all flavours.
and you can easily prepare Dukkah Spice at home.

if you got the time to email me back regarding the prize, so we can pick one soon as possible.

Adele @WillworkforBiltong said...

I am a huge salmon fan, and will definitely try it with dukkah. I also like the look of the potatoes. I'll have to concoct something along these lines. Great recipe, thanks very much.

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