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Salmon pasta

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One of our favorite dinners around here is salmon pasta, which is a recipe from D’s sister with a few modifications. There are no exact measurements but it’s a forgiving recipe – just trust your gut.

Salmon pasta:

You’ll need:
  • Salmon
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • White wine (optional)
  • Mushrooms (lots!)
  • Onion or shallots
  • One leek, chopped
  • Whipping or heavy cream
  • Vegetable or chicken stock
  • Pasta of your choice
  1. Turn oven on at 375F. In a baking dish, and olive oil and salmon.  Add some lemon juice, white wine (optional). salt, pepper and any type of seasoning you like (i.e. dill or maybe fennel).
  2. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness. Do not overcook and the salmon can actually still be a little uncooked in the middle as it will sit for a while.  Cover with foil when out of oven (it will keep cooking).
  3. Meanwhile, put the water to boil for the pasta.
  4. In a frying pan, put some olive oil and butter.
  5. When melted, add one chopped shallot (or 1/4 of an onion) and cook 2-3 minutes. Do not let brown.
  6. Add the mushrooms (I like a combination of crimini, white and shitake) and cook until water has evaporated from the mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper and something like thyme, tarragon or oregano (at your choice!).
  7. Add about 1 cup of stock and bring to a boil. Add chopped leek. Let boil for 2 minutes.
  8. Add cream. The amount is really up to you, taste the sauce multiple times to adjust. You are going to want to let the sauce thickens – maybe 5 minutes.
  9. Once satisfied with the thickness, cut the salmon is bite size pieces and add to the warm sauce. Mix well and serve over pasta.
Depending on how much salmon/pasta you make, this dish can feed as many as you wish.  Trust me, it is going to be yummy!

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November 30, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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Hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend.  Been catching up on recent TV on this side.  Here’s a quick, albeit random, commentary:


Amazing the crazy stuff going on this show.  The acting is great, and the storyline stays barely on the right side of believable but it does manage.  That they have pulled off a likable main character who does what he does, hah, that’s well done.  Should be interesting to see what goes down between Dexter and Miguel next.

Grey’s Anatomy

Continues to be the worst “medical show” I’ve watched.  Couldn’t they have done the same show, but in a real estate office instead?  Or maybe a law office?  At least then when they do all the wrong things we’d be less annoyed.  The Izzie and Deny thing?  Pretty far off the rocker isn’t it?  The thing is, I really liked Denie (yes, go ahead and call me girlie, but I did cry when he died).  But I’d rather believe some crazy story about him not really dying than this ghost/crazy thing, sigh.  Other than that, Sloan is showing a more likable side.


Still loving House, even during it’s less exciting episodes.  Last week’s episode with Foreman getting his own case to diagnose on the side was interesting.  The writer’s fun this season seems to be in throwing changes at House and seeing how he handles it.  Will he or won’t he decide to try dating Cuddy?  This show isn’t really about the medicine either, but it’s such a drastic contrast from Grey’s. You do get to hear an awful lot of disease names on this show – I’m a bit curious what real doctors think about the terms being thrown around.

Prison Break

This season started slow and then has gained momentum during the last weeks.  It’s been really good until the end of the last episode.  Nothing good can ever happen to these guys. Seriously, in four seasons there has been two “winning” moments on the show.  Each of these lasted about 5 minutes.  Gah.  It’s frustrating to watch them always in so much doo-doo.

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November 30, 2008 at 1:50 am

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News, etc…

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What is going on with the news this week?  As much as I hate to say it, maybe it was better when the news headlines were about the price of Palin’s skirt-jacket ensemble, not people getting trampled in Walmart, the deaths in India, and uninsured children. Egh.

Some good news please?  I did read one interesting article – resveratrol may help fight aging.  Know where you find it?  Red wine.  Of course red wine.  It makes you wonder if there is some multi-national organization pushing red wine sales.

Also makes me wonder if I should be drinking more?

Lastly, I heard today about Canadian politics going haywire – the possibility of another election less than 2 months from the last one?  A writer for the National Post has a funny rant about it here.  There are all kinds of new-to-me-terms going on with this latest spectacle – I’ve got more reading to do.

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November 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I’m thankful for many things, just looking at the news today makes me realize even more how thankful, and to remember to appreciate now.


Buying gifts online may actually be more time consuming than going to 5 stores looking for the same item.  If you are lucky enough to know for what you are looking. Hee.

You name it I’ve seen it whilst trying to finish/start/be done with our Christmas shopping this year.  I’m not finished yet.

You do find some funny things online though, here are some oddities, surely perfect for some specific persons (that I don’t happen to know):

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November 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm

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I wrote a few weeks ago about how Germans write numbers.  It got me to thinking how I’ve changed my own handwriting during different phases.

When I was in 2nd or 3rd grade I decided I wanted to write the number two with a loop, something like this:

This phase didn’t last long, but it was unique enough that one of my unsigned math tests was matched to me, which is good because it was between me and another student and there was only one test.

Later on I decided I wanted to make my lower case ‘A’ like a type face:

This way of writing my a‘s lasted for at least a couple of years.  I eventually got out of it, I think I decided it was wasting too much time when taking notes in class, something like that.

I also recall one of my friend’s went through a long phase of dotting her i‘s with small circles instead of points:

Girly, right?  I think this was the look she was going for then.

A little later in high school plenty of people were practicing their mother’s or father’s name, or [cough] signature.  Only for unsigned permission slips of course.

What about you?  Any handwriting evolution or major modifications along the way?

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November 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm

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Short week

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For all you United Stations.  I’d say I’m jealous, but that’s kind of obvious.  Though I’m not getting any turkey this year, I heard that this year Thanksgiving on my mom’s side is going to be at my grandmother’s, and on my dad’s at Uncle Fred’s, per usual.

Don’t worry about the economy on Thursday, D and I will be working and holding down the fort for y’all.

This week at work has been kinda strange for us here too.  It’s been feeling holiday-lax around here on my project even though there’s no free days until right before Christmas.  Maybe everyone hit the Christmas market a little too hard over the weekend – it opened on Friday in Aachen and runs until December 23rd.

For those who haven’t heard about Germany’s Christmas markets – it’s one of their premiere festivals, dwarfed only by the Oktoberfest events in Bavaria in the Fall.   I may not get the beer and sausage thing, but I do get into Christmas so it’s a nice time.  Here’s a picture from us at the market last year:

We were freezing out butts off but we were drinking hot German spiced wine called Glühwein, which really does chase away the cold.  The boot glasses we’re holding up are part of the tradition.  Cute no?

Other than the wine you can find Christmas ornaments and touristy type gifts and all kinds of festival food – pastries and fried potatoes and sausages, candy, chocolate, and gingerbread, etc, etc…

I went again on Friday for a quick visit with a coworker who was leaving last Sunday and wanted to check it out.  What’s amazing is that the market is open everyday from now until just before Christmas.  It’s a big tourist attraction and I’ve heard more than once that the Aacheners are happy when the market starts and equally happy when it ends.  It’s alot of congestion for the downtown area I guess.

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November 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm

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Bikes, snow, frozen

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Took the bikes home to tonight after work.  It snowed lightly all day but the roads were clear so we knew it wouldn’t be dangerous.

But once we got outside the building to where we park our bikes, we noticed the bikes were not completely under the overhang so they were caked with white crystallizing snow.

Are we having fun yet?

So we’re trying to unlock the bikes and the lock won’t relock on the side of D’s bike because the mechanism is gunked up with too much snow.  Meanwhile I’m dusting off my seat and his and the bike bags, with my gloves (BIG MISTAKE).  You know, a girl from Florida doesn’t have much natural snow intuition, let me tell you.

We end up throwing the lock into the bike bag since it won’t lock, then ride across the parking lot trying to make sure the brakes still are working.

Flash forward 5 minutes.

My fingers are completely frozen.  And we’re still another 10 minutes from the apartment.

Note to self: it’s never okay to use your gloves to clean snow.

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November 24, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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