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Old 06-09-2016, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question I have been challenged!

i live with 3 roommates and as i am currently unemployed i do most of the cooking and cleaning. i enjoy cooking quite alot and i am always trying new things, using new ingredients, and of course making huge messes in the process :D (which are usually always clean by the time the foods actually done.) one thing i take pride in as an amateur cook is my ability to look at an empty pantry, barren fridge, and a sad freezer and still be able to make a nice meal out of what ever i have. well it sort of started a tradition for one of my roomates. who, when he gets paid, buys random ingredients and challenges me to make something with all of them. i have no formal training in cooking, just a passion for it, and have always just kinda winged it. so my skill and knowledge is limited.

the current challenge is using these ingredients in a dish

2 pounds of fresh wild salmon
2 green bell peppers
1 red bell pepper
and a huge can of cream of mushroom @_@

i have an idea and what to do with these items but i dont know how the flavor profiles will work together

i would love some input and feedback on the possibilities for these ingredients

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Old 06-09-2016, 02:37 PM   #2
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Dear God, don't ruin 2 pounds of fresh wild salmon with gloppy canned soup!!

Slice the peppers thinly

Use foil to make a pouch. Place the peppers in the pouch and top them with the salmon. Pour some teriyaki sauce on top. You can buy it or make some using soy sauce, garlic and sugar. Or just generously season the fish.

Seal the pouch and place on a cookie sheet and into a 425 oven for about 20 minutes.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:41 PM   #3
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Are you limited to just those? If so, there is nothing good going to be made from just these ingredients, IMO. Good luck and welcome to DC!
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:09 PM   #4
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Because I'm not very bright, I often miss the complexities that trouble others. Looks simple to me. Tell your roommate that he can use the soup when he cooks and make pan seared salmon and sauteed peppers for dinner.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:18 PM   #5
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Because I'm not very bright, I often miss the complexities that trouble others. Looks simple to me. Tell your roommate that he can use the soup when he cooks and make pan seared salmon and sauteed peppers for dinner.
im the one cooking, he bought the ingredients :P

and no im not limited to just those ingredients, i am limited by what we have in the house, however i must incorperate those. the best thing i could come up with was some sort of pan seared or over roasted salmon. and then using the cream of mushroom as the base to a sauce or maybe make a brown rice/ quinoa with cream of mushroom bed for the salmon and some sort of sauted peper topping. but i dont know how that would work together.

maybe make a pepper quinoa/brown rice cream of mushroom base, but that doesnt sound like something that melds together correctly
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Old 06-09-2016, 05:25 PM   #6
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I would use the can of soup to hit him over the head while yelling (in my best French accent) "Toi idiot! Seul un crétin ruinerait saumon frais avec une boîte de crème de champignons!" Google translate will put it back into English with reasonable accuracy. I would then brush the salmon with some olive oil, broil it, and top it with a wine sauce made with sauteed peppers, onions, garlic, and black olives, and maybe some capers if they were on hand.
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Old 06-09-2016, 05:56 PM   #7
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I would use the can of soup to hit him over the head while yelling (in my best French accent) "Toi idiot! Seul un crétin ruinerait saumon frais avec une boîte de crème de champignons!" Google translate will put it back into English with reasonable accuracy. I would then brush the salmon with some olive oil, broil it, and top it with a wine sauce made with sauteed peppers, onions, garlic, and black olives, and maybe some capers if they were on hand.
what kind of wine would work, we have a few different kinds but the only open one is a pinot noir if im spelling that right

i also like the idea of the broiled salmon with a pepper wine sauce, but sauces are my weakness as i have not had much experience with make them from scratch, so i like this idea as it seems like a good opertunity to learn something new. i guess ill use the cream of mushroom to make some creamy mushroom rice as a side dish :/
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:11 PM   #8
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I have been challenged!

Not a salmon fan, but I agree, don't use the soup as a sauce for the salmon! Broiled or grilled salmon with the peppers, or in foil packets sounds better, less is more.

You can dress up your COM soup with more mushrooms and a bit of sherry or port, and just serve it as soup. Precooked wild rice would also be a nice addition to the soup.
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:21 PM   #9
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thanks for all the input guys i appriciate it.

still trying to figure out how to make a red wine sauce @_@ alot of stuff to search throughd
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what kind of wine would work, we have a few different kinds but the only open one is a pinot noir if im spelling that right

i also like the idea of the broiled salmon with a pepper wine sauce, but sauces are my weakness as i have not had much experience with make them from scratch, so i like this idea as it seems like a good opertunity to learn something new. i guess ill use the cream of mushroom to make some creamy mushroom rice as a side dish :/
Some Oregon/Washington Pinots are crafted to work with salmon, so it might work. My choice would be a Muscadet or Oaky Chardonnay.

If I had those ingredients, and wanted to use them all, I would coat the salmon with mayo, grill, broil or pan sear, and serve with cream of mushroom pepper rice soup. Or use make a rice/pepper side dish and serve cream of mushroom soup.
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