Salmon again

I tend to enjoy making our salmon into something fun.  Today I’ll share my recipe for fun salmon with asparagus.  Lets get started!  Start with an 8oz salmon portion, 3 oz of Sweet Chili Sauce, 2 orange slices, brown sugar (quantities will vary), 2 cups of Rice Pilaf(or your favorite rice selection), 10 asparagus spears, 4 slices of bacon, a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes.  Preheat oven to 350f.  Score the salmon horizontally with 1/2 inch between each cut.  Then cut the fish in 1/2 the same way.  Place the orange slices in your pan and place 1 portion of salmon on each.  Pour 1 1/2 oz of the sweet chili sauce onto each portion of salmon(feel free to use more, as you like).  Wrap 5 spears of asparagus with 2 slices of bacon each.  Mix a small amount of brown sugar with your crushed red pepper flakes in a small dish.  Roll your bacon wrapped asparagus in that mixture until there is a nice coating on the bacon.  Place those soon to be amazing rolls of delicious into you pan with the salmon.  Place in the oven and bake for approximately 12 minutes.  Until your salmon is cooked to you liking.  Serve your now wonderful salmon on a bed of 1 cup of rice(less if you are not as hungry as I am right now).  The photo is one version without bacon wrapped asparagus.IMG_20170405_000202_616

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A normal day.

In recent months my life has been a jumble.  My once consistent pattern of routines has been disrupted by the internal need to change.  Change BACK to what I think I should have been, had my depression and OCD not ruled my actions for so long.

Today I am going to try and just have a  normal day.  No stressing about the future or the past.  Lately, when I try to take a day to let my mind rest, I feel guilty.  I feel like I had been at rest for so long, that if I try now, it’s just a total waste.  But a wise friend of mine nudged me a couple weeks ago.  Telling me that even now I need to let stuff go, for short periods of time.  I am paraphrasing, but the meaning is the same.  Even when we went to Skyzone and the go kart place on Sunday, I was constantly thinking about what needed to be done.  On the topic of Sunday, it was the first time my sons had ever driven go karts.  It was amazing fun.

I hope that all of you enjoy your day.  If I can help you, I will:)  Some one pick an ingredient and I’ll write a recipe for it:)

I like to cook fish, but not eat it.(another recipe)

We serve salmon at the restaurant I work at and I really enjoy taking such a mundane frozen product and making it into something far greater.  This time I’m adding one of the specials I have run at our restaurant.  I’ll just copy and paste this one from here to the recipe book.

#8 Frozen Atlantic Farmed Salmon transformed.

I use a simple stainless steel broiling pan for this, you can use a ceramic or glass too.  This takes a bit, so I’ll try to keep the steps more organized.

We’ll start with all the mise en place first, for once.  Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.  Collect 1 Salmon filet, 6 oz,  2 oz of sesame oil, 1 oz of soy sauce, 2 oz teriyaki sauce, 5 pieces of candied ginger, 3 small pieces of pineapple, 1 small can of pineapple juice, salt, pepper, 1 oz of honey, crushed red pepper flakes, ground ginger, 2 slices of orange, 1 small sheet of tin foil.

First, line your pan with the tin foil, this recipe can make a pan hard to clean.  Drizzle 1/2 of the sesame oil into a small area roughly the size of your salmon into that foil area. Set the 2 slices of orange onto that oil side by side, as a bed for your salmon. Place the salmon on the oranges and drizzle the rest of the oil onto it.  Next add 3/4 of the can of pineapple juice to the pan NOT onto the salmon, as it would wash off your oil.  Lightly salt and pepper the salmon before cooking.  Sprinkle some ground ginger onto the fish as well.  Place the pan into your oven for roughly 5 minutes.  Slide the rack out, so you can now pour in the soy sauce onto your cooking fish.  Cover the fish with the teriyaki and honey.  Put the 3 pieces of pineapple into the juices of your pan.  If you like a little spice, add the crushed red peppers at this stage also.  Return the oven rack back into place.  Let your fish finish cooking to your desired internal temperature IF you are using a sushi grade fish.  Otherwise let it cook for another 5-7 minutes.  When the time is up, take the pan out of the oven and let it rest for 5 more minutes.  Garnish it with the candied ginger on top.  Server still on the orange slices.  This is my Ginger and Citrus Salmon.

Side option:  Add 3-5 spears of fresh asparagus into the pan.  Cook it on 1 slice of lime, 1 slice of lemon.  Add only a dash of salt and pepper, if you enjoy that.

Whatever happened?

Whatever happened to the Leaders?  The ones we looked to that embodied EVERYTHING we wanted a leader to be?  Where did they go?  Honesty, Integrity, Honor, Sacrifice, Compassion, Humility, Faith, Justice, and Fairness?  Why do we now SETTLE for the LEAST HATED of the candidates???  What in God’s name is going on in our beautiful country?  Racism still?  I caste like system?  Religious persecution?  The United States of America was NOT founded on the garbage base we have today.  Our leaders no longer represent what we, THE PEOPLE, cherish and believe in.  I think it’s time we start asking ourselves.  Whatever happened to ourselves?  Why are we letting each other endure all of this horror that still exists in the world?  Didn’t we used to stand for one another?  Brothers and Sisters of all color, gender, sex, and religion?  When did we LET ourselves feel separated from our community?  Separated by class, house of worship, job, and education level.  Why does a single one of us not stand up and say ENOUGH!  WE ARE DONE LETTING YOU DO THIS TO US.  We, the people of these United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common DEFENCE, promote the general Welfare, and secure the BLESSINGS of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain to establish this Constitution for the United States of America.  Remember that?  Seems like a change is in order.

The Battle is Joined

  1. People keep stopping by, how wonderful 🙂 If I can reach enough people, I believe this will be a success. It’s still a challenge to go into situations without a predetermined outcome in mind. Depression sucks. OCD Sucks. Working through it all is such a battle. If I don’t fight it, who else will? Ephesians 6:10-18

My Ironic Easter

I swear I am not embellishing on this at all.  Last night was a very tough night.  After I felt assaulted but physically and mentally at work, by the very people I have been trying to help(long story).  The physical was an accidental(or passive aggressive) burn to my hand…near the wrist, photos on my Instagram.  Today was nothing less than the best holiday I have spent with my family.  We spent every minute of it interaction with each other through a myriad of things such as Easter Egg hunt, putting up bird houses, repainting some window borders, tree trimming, and then lunch together, at a neat little Chinese buffet.  The entire day I felt like a new man.  The irony is not lost on me.  Good Game G.

Looking forward to every day now.  See you all along the way.  If you have a recipe you would like added to my book, please email it to me ddarkfire@yahoo.com.  Still trying to find my fiction muse, she must be on break:D

 

Metaphysical?!

That word is a draconic representation of modern day Mental Health.  It’s that which makes us Think, Feel, Dream, Imagine, or otherwise conceive of concepts yet to be set in a physical “seen” form.  What it actually is, is the macro molecules of our “Mental” system and how their interactions with other stimuli make us Feel, or our emotional health.

If you say that word in today’s public, you are instantly placed into the “talking about fantasy” cubicle of peoples thoughts.  While it should understand it as the actual, physical science behind why/how/when you feel things, internally.  When you are sad/mad/raging you can literally feel yourself “on fire” inside.  Pulse is heightened, adrenal glad is in use, and your ability to focus is magnified.  This allows a person in danger to react faster and make it out alive.

That’s not magic, or some “psychobabblebull”, it’s your molecules communicating with each other in order for you to feel what you need to survive and thrive.  Your those molecules are influenced by, you guessed it, Alchemical processes.  The elements and stimuli(like sound) are causing the molecules to transmute from docile human at rest and change them into an organic machine ready for anything.

For some of us, those signals are TOTALLY FUBAR.  We experience, lets say, an anxious feeling about someone hurting our feelings.  For some of us, that “anxiety” signal does not stop the moment it needs to.  The signal receptor or either open for too long, over stimulated by external molecules, or even 100% depressed(total communication failure) and that feeling of anxiety continues for 5 mins, 30, or f’n worse DAYS.  It is a mistake to think that those people are “just” any basic garbage word you wanna brand them with.  I know cells just need to be reprogrammed so they can act normal, I just need to learn the how/when/why/what to be able to heal those cells, rather than treat them, or force over stimulation, suppression, or depression.

My OCD works like this; I like thing A, just like you do.  You can like many things at once.  Such as Things A, B, C, D, E, F, G.  While I cannot change channels past C.  My cells are too busy stuck open on thing A.  The only way I can then think of ANYTHING beyond thing a, is to dull those signal by repeating a “mind numbing” task.  Thus stunning those cells so the signals can process correctly again.  Certain natural Phytocannabinoids are theorized to be able to manipulate our human cells naturally thus assisting them in repairing cell receptors.  My pursuit of Alchemy is based on both physical based knowledge gained over 43 year and knowing that mental health is actually physically manipulatable.  I will find a way to heal the cells, rather than treat them.