Oct 28, 2010

lemony salmon zucchini pasta

went to see my wrist surgeon on monday and this week's been a bit dark and gloomy as the wrist needs another surgery. i'll need another MRI after which the surgeon will decide whether the wrist can be fixed with a relatively small operation, or whether a prosthesis is needed. yippii, so not!!

neverheless, i need to feed myself, and certain someone. this was our dinner tonight, lemony cold smoked salmon zucchini tarragon rye pasta (phew!)

i've made variations of this a few times before and i think i got this thing down to a recipe by now:

150 gr cold smoked salmon, sliced and cut into strips
150 gr zucchini, quartered lenghtwise and sliced
juice and peel of half a lemon
2 tbsp parsley minced finely
½ tsp dried tarragon
2 dl cooking cream, i used 4% fat
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
300 gr rye pasta

start by getting the pasta water boiling, because this dinner gets ready fast

you do save the parsley stems? hmm, i do and freeze them and use in soups (i do remove them before serving the soup...)

i happened to see martha do this "upside down". usually i've had the grater above the bowl and everything just fell right in there. when you keep the grater in this position you can actually see how much you've got and get a more accurate seasoning. now, why didn't i think of that!

on a hot pan, slightly brown the zucchini in the oil, for a couple of minutes

add the cream and turn off the heat

add the tarragon...

...and lemon juice and peel. see how it still keeps boiling, it will keep cooking the zucchini further

the pasta takes 6 mins to cook. certain someone thinks it's not cooked when there is still a bit bite to it (the famous al dente), but if you cook any whole wheat pasta into a mush...well, you might as well bought white pasta sice the good stuff cooks away

then add the salmon...

...and parsley and mix...

...and bon appetit! seriously, this barely takes 10 mins. you could easily leave out the fish and double (or even triple) the zucchini. no salt added...the only salt is in the fish

ps. silly me! i forgot liisamarja's second anniversary was yesterday...what is it that i forget next, my name?!

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