Friday, May 1, 2020

Cuisine & Screen: Home Edition, Part 6

Happy another week in quarantine! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know I am OBSESSED with the little rabbits I have in my yard. There's usually a mom (McGregor) and baby (Sprout) but on more than one occasion I've seen a few McGregors and a few Sprouts, so I probably need to come up with some new names. (The record number I've ever counted in my yard at one time was 5!) And believe it or not, they've actually kept me company during all these shenanigans.

I've been on a major Asian kick and love this marinade I made up for Asian Salmon:

Put one or two 6 ounce fillets of salmon in a large ziploc bag. Add a clove of minced garlic, 1 inch of minced ginger root, about 4-5 dashes of soy sauce, fish sauce and Sriracha, a sprinkle of brown sugar and a drizzle of olive oil. Let the salmon marinate in this mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Then bake it on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet at 450 for about 15 minutes or until the internal temp is 145. I love serving this with Coconut Rice, any roasted veggies, cilantro and additional soy/fish/hot sauces!

In honor of the Kentucky Derby (which is usually the first Saturday in May), and to relive some fun from my recent trip to Louisville, I decided I would use up some of my beautiful mint that has returned, and perfect my version of a Mint Julep:

To make mint simple syrup, bring equal parts sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil in a large sauce pan. Boil only for about 10 seconds, then strain out the mint and pour the syrup into a glass jar or container and let it cool. Then pour equal parts mint simple syrup and bourbon into a glass with crushed ice. I have a sweet tooth, but if you prefer more bourbon flavor, you may want to do 1/4 parts syrup to 3/4 parts bourbon. It's delightful.

I have to admit that this past week, I spent more time watching TV shows than movies. Like any UNC/MJ fan, I've been enjoying "The Last Dance"; I binged "Unorthodox" (fascinating and very well-acted); and I got in some laughs with "Arrested Development" (really in love with Will Arnett these days). But I did squeeze in one flick:

10 Cloverfield Lane - I love just about anything with John Goodman, and this suspenseful thriller did not disappoint. A woman is stuck in an underground shelter with two men, after being told there was an attack on the world and there are no survivors. But you won't know who or what to believe. This will keep you guessing 'til the end.

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