I have always stayed away from the kitchen. ALWAYS. The times I cook when I was still staying at our family home resulted to either injury, smirks of disappointment, or worse, combination of the two. It didn’t help that we still have a helper inside the house that takes care of the household chores. So when I decided to put my foot down and seek out the independent life, I had no clue how the hell am I going to feed myself.
Dining out isn’t an option for me, at least, given that the Philippines is still badly affected by the pandemic and of course, it’s gonna take a fortune to be dining out all the time. I can opt to have food delivered by meal plan businesses or from small local food stores but combining its costs will also take a huge chunk out of my budget. The best way to keep me and my wallet healthy is to learn how to cook.
It’s been almost two weeks now that since I moved in to my condo unit and after filling up my ref with groceries, I realized that I completely suck at grocery shopping. I ended up buying incomplete ingredients, stuff I don’t necessarily need (I have a whole level of my ref with beers and chips), and produces that I don’t know how long they’ll be good for.
I may be good inside the academe, I may have take on numerous tests, and even passed a licensure exam without much trouble but I am in utter surrender to the fact that I am yet clueless to the things that matters most in real life. I am taking it as a challenge and allowing myself to learn from experience, even if this feels like it’s the hard way.
At the start of my journey, I was able to whip up a truly delicious grilled cheese sandwhich and Filipino Pork Adobo. But what truly inspired me to write is the Pan Seared Salmon I did for lunch today. Not only because it ended up having perfectly cooked meat, and surprisingly delicious, it also challenged me to improvise and cook by my guts instead of the page of the recipe.
I am far from being an expert, I am not even knowledgeable, but I was able to come up with a Pan Seared Salmon with Calamansi Garlic Butter and if you’re interested, continue to scroll down.
- Peel and chop the garlic cloves horizontally. Personally, I like to use plenty of garlic.
- Slice the calamansi in half. (It was supposed to be lemon but I forgot to include it in my grocery list.)
- Pat dry the salmon using paper towels.
- Rub some salt and pepper on both sides of the salmon.
- Put a little bit of oil in your pan and set the heat to medium.
- Cook the salmon skin side up first for like four minutes first or until you think the flesh is crusty or crispy?
- Flip the salmon and put in some butter and add in the garlic cloves too. Baste the salmon with the butter.
- Wait for another four minutes or until it is cooked (but do not overdo it).
- Dish out the salmon from the pan and put squeeze out calamansi juice all over it.
- Let it rest but serve while still hot.