Saturday, January 15, 2011

Alaska - 2nd Stop on the Culinary Tour

Welcome to Alaska: Stop #2 on the Foodalogue Final Culinary Tour

If someone were to ask you what you know about Alaska, what do you think you might say? I'll bet that most might answer Sarah Palin since she most certainly created awareness of her state both politically and now in her t.v. series. I know that when I think of Alaska the first thing that comes to mind is a gorgeous dog called the Alaskan Malamute. Originally wolf like sled dogs used for getting from one place to another, they're still used that way as well as domestic pets and an active sport called "mushing". They're pretty amazing dogs.

A little more research..... what about the Alaskan culinary scene. Originally I thought we'd be making dishes out of blubber and reindeer and knew it would be a huge challenge indeed. I was so wrong. Alaska is well known for it's seafood. Now that I think more about it, doesn't it make absolute sense there would be an abundance of seafood? I'm sure everyone knows about the delicate fish called Arctic Char. They do also have recipes for reindeer but I just kept having these visions of Santa missing one and I just wiped it out of my mind immediately.

I saw a local chef's recipe for salmon and pea puree - hmmm, not bad. Then I thought, I'll do a takeoff on one dish and make it my own. Poached salmon with spinach was born.

2 single servings of wild salmon
1 cup chicken boullion (a package plus a cup of water mixed together) - I used a product called Herbox that has no sodium
1/2 package fresh or frozen spinach
2 stems fresh thyme
juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
1/4 tsp pepper
grey salt to taste

I poached both the spinach and the salmon in the chicken broth for about 10 minutes
Drain and plate the spinach; top with salmon
Finish with fresh thyme, splash of lemon, freshly ground pepper and top with grey finishing salt.



FOODalogue said...

Nice dish. love poached salmon -- and with spinach, it's doubly good for you! Glad you didn't go with Rudolph, or Prancer, or Dancer...!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Malamut's are a gorgeous dog Giz. You have highlighted the perfect ingredient that represents Alaska in my books.

That Girl said...

We are just dying to head to Alaska. Less for the food and more for the outdoor activity.

Mary Bergfeld said...

The salmon looks truly wonderful and the dish as a whole is perfect to represent coastal Alaska. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

kat said...

We are planning on cruising & hiking Alaska in September so I'm looking forward to lots of tasty salmon dishes.

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

Don't you just love that word...'mushing'?! The salmon sounds healthy and appetising. Fab.

Caroline said...

I love salmon, and this recipe looks killer! What a wonderful way to showcase an Alaskan staple!

Anonymous said...

Great! poached salmon with spinach..all good for you. Great post!

torwen said...

Ah, yes, those dogs are really adorable. I want to have a dog sledge!
And what an easy to make dish! Yet so sophisticated...

Angela said...

In this alaskan tour I made a lot of discovering! I didn't know about alaskan Mammalute, is it very similar to Husky. Very nice your recipe, simple ingredients reflect the way of cooking I like most!