This month, the challenge was to prepare a dish using a technique you've never tried before. I've never poached anything in my life, so I decided to go with that. While on vacation at the beach with my family, the women each had to cook one night, so I figured I'd use my whole family as guinea pigs and try it out. I looked up some recipes to get an idea of how to do it, but I basically made it up myself. It got rave reviews from the guinea pigs, so I think it may be a repeat!
I filled a deep skillet about 2/3 full with water, and added 2 cubes of chicken bouillon. Once those dissolved, I squeezed in some lemon juice, and some honey for sweetness. I chopped up some freshly picked dill, basil, parsley, and chives, and tossed some of that in the poaching liquid as well. I seasoned the salmon with a little salt and pepper and let it sit for a minute. I let the poaching liquid boil for a minute or two to let the flavors come out and combine, and then I slid the salmon fillets in. I cooked them for 10-15 minutes, until they were firm and non-translucent. After I took them out and put them on the platter, I sprinkled them with more of the fresh herb mixture.
The salmon was very moist, and very flavorful. Poaching is way easier than I thought!
A friend of mine loves to go fishing, and lucky for us, he also loves sharing what he catches. There's nothing quite like free fresh-caught seafood! After his last fishing trip, he brought us some Rock fish. I'd never tasted it, much less cooked it myself, so I was a bit apprehensive, but I followed his instructions and it turned out great! I simply seasoned it with some salt and pepper, and then squeezed some lemon juice on it as it was cooking on the grill. I gave it another squirt once it was off the grill on the platter for good measure. Oh my goodness, it was so good! I grilled up some corn and pineapple to go with it. A perfect summer meal!