As I was cooking dinner this evening, it hit me that THIS is what should come to mind when we hear the term “fast food”. A meal cooked and on the table in 20 minutes. I made Parsley Potatoes, Salmon sautéed with ramps, red peppers, and mango and a Salad.
Here’s the count down:
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5:40 – 5:45 p.m. Preheat a skillet on medium heat for the salmon, scrub the ‘taters and cut them into 1/2″ cubes. Add them to a pot with some sea salt and just enough water to keep them from burning – no more than an inch in the bottom of the pot. Turn on high heat.
5:45 – 5:53 p.m. Add a few T of butter (one of these days I’ll get around to telling you why butter is a true health food) to the preheated pan. When it melts, add the salmon filet, skin side down. When the potatoes begin to boil, turn the heat down to simmer. Check the water level. The trick is to have just enough water to cook them, without any left over. Chop the ramps, red pepper, and mango and toss into pan with the salmon.
5:53 – 6:00 p.m. Flip the salmon and stir the chutney. Put together a tossed salad while the potatoes and salmon finish cooking. Toss with oil and vinegar. Add a T or so of butter to the potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley.
6:00 p.m. Prepare each plate with a serving of salad, a scoop of potatoes and a piece of salmon. Cover the salmon with mango/pepper chutney. Sit down, thank God for this incredible blessing, and enjoy!
What’s your definition of fast food?