Question: What is the most romantic day of the year?
Answer: Trick Question. Every day should be the most romantic day of the year.
This particular day was February 7th. What special event falls on February 7th you ask? It’s love your girlfriend day. Just like every other day of the year. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I dislike Valentines Day. If you have to wait for a specific day of the year to be romantic, you’re doing it wrong. So instead of succumbing to the evil ways of corporate America, I decided to pick another day of the year to surprise Selma with a nice home cooked meal. It just happened to be close to Valentines Day. Not my fault.
I started by picking up these pretty flowers just because I felt like it. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Selma really likes sweet potatoes so I made sure to make a dish that incorporated them. Because I didn’t have a whole lot of time after work to get everything together, I came up with a simple yet delicious dish that was quick and easy to execute. I was going to make a rack of lamb but the racks that I found were tiny so I went with salmon instead. My plan was to make a Honey Mustard & Soy Sauce encrusted filet of Salmon with a roasted sweet potato medley and seared asparagus. What up taste buds.
I started off with a couple of sweet potatoes that I peeled and cut up into 1 inch cubes along with some potatoes.
I seasoned them with some salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and olive oil.
I set the oven to 425 and let them roast for ~1 hour. They came out perfect and I didn’t even have to worry about them as I prepped the rest of the meal.
I also trimmed some asparagus and set them aside in a pan. Nothing fancy, just some olive oil, salt and pepper. Remember, sometimes less is more. And sometimes more is more. Do what you will with that information.
Next was the salmon. Salmon is my favorite type of fish. I try to eat as much of it as I can because it’s delicious and good for you at the SAME TIME. Mind blown. (Yes…I’ve heard of the evils of fish farms. Whatever. Can’t stop, won’t stop)
Just look at that succulent filet…
I first seared the filets on the grill pan with just salt and pepper.
While they were cooking away, I prepped the honey mustard glaze. I used whole grain dijon mustard because I like the texture. You could also use regular dijon mustard as well if you like. Just don’t use the toxic looking yellow Heinz mustard. That’s just not classy.
Add in some honey to off-set the tanginess of the mustard.
And then a dash of soy sauce for some savoriness.
After ~6-8 min on the pan, add the glaze over the salmon and place in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes.
This was the end result. It was super simple and didn’t require any real attention.
I also put together a small arugula salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese, and grape tomatoes. No big deal.
Oh and I made some thyme and rosemary infused olive oil to go with the sun-dried tomato and basil sourdough and cheese platter. Again, this was just a casual, every day meal. Nothing too fancy.
Of course, I made too much food but that’s hardly something to complain about.
Selma seemed happy and content so that’s all that matters!
Happy Casual Everyday Dinner Day everyone!