Thursday, January 15, 2009

On Flakiness

I have always tried to be a reliable person, a person of my word. If I say I'm going to do something, I want to follow through and do it. If someone asks something of me, I want to try really hard and do it or else tell them I can't so they're not left hanging.

This is one of the reasons this last year has honestly been one of the hardest of my life. Since the Rabbit entered the scene, things like reliability and punctuality have gone totally out the window. The combination of a very high-maintenance baby mixed with three other small children has caused me to drop a lot of balls I used to juggle very smoothly. I've felt very flaky. It's been very humbling.

Now, I'm not complaining. I wouldn't trade my Rabbit for any higher level of organization or a better public image. (What a ridiculous thought!) What I'm doing is apologizing. Some of you blog readers have asked me questions that I haven't addressed. Some people have "tagged" me and I haven't responded. Some people have sent me emails that I haven't answered. My response to all of this friendly internet sociality has been spotty. So if you're one of the people I left hanging, I'm sorry. It has seemed like I'm giving the cold shoulder when ironically my shoulder is anything but cold. It contains a very warm wiggly infant who has made me very proficient at typing one-handed. And sometimes she lets me type long blog posts and answer emails and sometimes she doesn't.

Recently, someone emailed me one of those Recipe Exchanges where you send a recipe to the #1 on the list and then forward it on to a bunch of people. I get one of these every couple of months and I usually pass them on. I've gotten some good recipes that way. With the way my life has been the last few months I have not been passing them on. But this one included a "Bonus Recipe" at the bottom of the email for "Pecan Salmon." It looked marvelous and I had all the ingredients, so tonight I gave it a whirl. The Rabbit howled the whole time I was working on it (dinnertime howling is her specialty), but it was worth it.

The Badger went so wild over it that he took a picture of my dinner plate (even after I had already eaten several bites of salmon):

It really was fantastic. Everything salmon should be: tender and flavorful and flaky.

Here's the recipe:

Pecan Salmon

4 salmon fillets - lightly salt and pepper

3 T honey
3 T dijon mustard
2T butter melted
Combine honey, dijon and melted butter. Spread over the salmon fillets.

1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup bread crumbs
3T fresh parsley chopped
Combine pecan, bread crumbs and parsley. Layer over the honey & mustard.

Bake at 425 for 10-18 minutes based on thickness of the fillets.

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1 comment:

janeannechovy said...

That does look yummy! I'll mentally file it away until the salmon start running in the spring. Thanks!