Coconut Milk & Poached Salmon Soup with Blood Orange Salad

Coconut Soup & Blood Orange Salad

Morgan and I were laying out by the pool, enjoying the 90+ degree weather and a glass of Kunde Sauvignon Blanc when we decided to make soup for dinner. Soup?! On such a hot day. Yes. I love soup, even during the warmer months,  but I don’t experiment enough with making them.  It was settled then. Soup it was.

Ingredients for Salmon Soup

We both love Thai cuisine and decided to integrate similar ingredients used in Thai cooking  to build our Coconut Milk & Poached Salmon Soup. And what better way to brighten up the strong aromatic & spicy components of our soup than with a delicate blood orange salad.

We rushed off to Oliver’s to pick up the essentials.

Filet of Wild Alaskan Salmon, Pacific

Coconut Milk & Poached Salmon Soup

1 Wild Pacific Alaskan Salmon, Filet – middle piece
3 cups vegetable stock
1/2 white onion
2 garlic cloves
1 stalk lemongrass, snapped in half
Ginger, sliced (about 12 rounds)
2 (13 fl. oz) cans coconut milk
3 chilies, chopped (we used two Jalapeño & 1 Fresno pepper)
Fish sauce, few dashes
2 bay leaves
1 lime, juiced
5 – 7 springs cilantro
Salt, to taste

Salmon for Coconut Soup

Combine stock, 1/2 onion (whole – not sliced), garlic, lemongrass and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Add coconut milk, chilies, fish sauce, and bay leaves and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain and return the broth to the stove. Cut the raw salmon filets into small chunks, add to the broth and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Once the salmon is cooked thoroughly, add in juice from one lime, cilantro and salt. Serve immediately with blood orange salad and vino of your choice.

We were out of the Sauvignon Blanc so we enjoyed a glass of Rosé with our dinner which paired great with the spicy kick in our soup. Don’t have bottle of Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc? Pinot Gris or Gewürztraminer would also be a fine match.

Blood Orange Salad

Blood Orange Salad

Arugula
2 blood oranges, sliced
Small bag of sliced almonds
1/2 red onion, sliced

Citrus Vinaigrette

1 blood orange, juiced
Olive oil, heavy drizzle
Red wine vinegar, few dashes
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and pepper, to taste

Blood Oranges for Salad

Combine all citrus vinaigrette ingredients and set aside. Cut the skins off of the blood orange and slice orange wedges for salad. Combine oranges with arugula, onions and almonds and toss with citrus vinaigrette.

Serves 3-4

~Enjoy, Crystal

Blue Cheese, Honey and Walnut Figs

This super easy, savory appetizer bursts with flavors of fall. The saltiness of the blue cheese complements the sweetness of the ripe homegrown figs finished with a delightful nuttiness of the toasted organic walnuts.

In under 10 minutes you have a sophisticated appetizer that should impress at your next holiday gathering.

6 figs
Blue cheese
Walnuts
Balsamic vinegar for drizzling
Honey for drizzling
Rosemary for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently. While walnuts are toasting, chop a small spring of rosemary. Stir together the blue cheese and chopped walnuts. Drizzle mixture with a dash of balsamic vinegar and honey to taste. Spoon onto ripe fig halves and sprinkle with a pinch of chopped rosemary.

Makes 12 fig appetizers.

Fig, Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pizza

Whether you love them or never tried them we are gonna try to make you fall for our fig creations this season. As a nutritious fruit that is mostly produced in California, we are going to share with you a few ways to spruce up your meals starting with figs on an all time favorite, pizza.  Not only are they delicious and different, they add a little seasonal fun to your dishes and are great for parties. You will definitely be the one to make everyone fall for figs.

Pizza Dough, homemade or store bought
4 – 6 figs, depending on size of pizza
Blue cheese
1/2 Sweet Onion
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt, to taste
Fresh Ground Pepper
1 bunch Arugula
1/2 cup Pecorino cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Slice the onions to desired thickness and saute in a thick-bottomed pan with olive oil, salt and little butter until nice and brown.
Roll pizza dough as thinly as possible on a cutting board or pizza pill (I like to use a rolling pin to do this.) Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and a pinch of pepper. Cut the figs to desired thickness and arrange them on the pizza. Next, crumble the blue cheese and bake on a pizza stone for 10 minutes or when crust is golden brown. With 1 – 2 minutes left to bake, open the oven and add several slices of prosciutto to the pizza. Continue cooking until done. Top baked pizza with fresh arugula to add a bright peppery finish.

**Variation**
For those of you who do not like onions or blue cheese, try sprinkling chopped rosemary on dough and substitute the blue cheese for goat cheese instead!

Homemade Pizza Dough – makes 4 medium pizzas
4 cups flour (I use high performer pizza flour, but any flour will do)
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp. dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp salt

Mix the yeast with 1/4 cup warm water in a small cup and set aside. Mix together in a separate bowl the flour and salt and slowly add the yeast mixture.  Mix together with the additional 1 1/2 cups of warm water until dough forms a sticky ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. Once the dough has risen, sprinkle the dough on a flour surface and cut into quarters. Knee the dough for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed. Set the dough aside and let rest for 15 minutes before preparing your pizza.

Did you know? Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture.


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