I seldom pause to take pictures when I cook for clients. It’s too time-consuming, intrusive and borderline annoying. Especially if I’m entertaining for the first time. I could easily subject myself to eye rolls, confused looks or plain ol’ “please step away from my plate!” I always have my camera with me just in case I get lucky enough to document the process. But, yeah, generally speaking, it doesn’t go down like that. But this truffle herbed salmon deserved a picture. Or two.
Last week, while in the utter madness of packing, organizing a massive move back to D.C. and major meetings, I get a call from my friend Chrystal of The DuoDishes asking me to cook a fabulous dinner for her mother. It was her Mother’s Day gift. How sweet, right? The only thing that struck me as a bit daring was that Chrystal is in LA and has never tasted my food. No matter the amazing work we’ve done together, we’ve never had the privilege of eating each others’ food. Not exactly sure how that’s been in the realm of possibilities.
I understood it all last week when I took a scenic drive to her mom’s lovely house. 45 minutes from my place — yes. That’s far enough to keep me and Chrsytal from breaking bread whenever she’s in town for a family visit. But, had I known her casa has two full-sized kitchens, boasting 14 burners total, I could have pushed that geographically unattractive drive to the side and moseyed my way to those parts of Metro Atlanta.
I don’t blame Chrystal for not leaving her mom’s house when she visits. There’s little incentive to drive into the city when a kitchen like her mother’s bears everything a foodie wants. Island range with a 4-seater bar, double oven, etc… So ideal for me when cooking in a stranger’s home. I get to slide back in forth in my heels with relative ease, making the experience rather entertaining.
That’s exactly what I did. I met Chrsytal’s mom last summer in L.A. during our Blogging While Brown kick-off cocktail party at the Capital Grille, so the meeting wasn’t all that formal. She invited herself to the bar and chatted away as me and A prepped. She asked questions but didn’t touch on what I was cooking for her special dinner. She had a general idea, but I pulled a few switcharoo’s on her — for the betterment of the evening — and her palate.
A private dinner for two is easy. Cooking for two with two completely different protein options makes it much more fun and engaging. I can’t rely on A to do the cooking so managing a few pots and skillets only results in a fantastic impression of my my real skill. And such actions were duly noted by her mom and husband. While I made her mom a truffle herbed salmon, her husband was inquiring about the heated steak sauce I was stirring. I’ll save that recipe for another post, but I’m a new fan of heat on my steak! I did myself in, I won’t lie.
The herbed salmon I proposed took a life of it’s own, however. The steak sauce was well-planned and thought out, but having 2 boxes full of ingredients allowed me to modify and really create something based on my and even their mood. There was a French aura in my mind. I had a bottle of white truffle oil for the asparagus she specifically requested. Her interest in the fancy (this is up for debate) oil lit my bulb and gave perfect excuse to use it to sear her salmon. That worked just beautifully with the herb, garlic and citrus fish I’d been seasoning for over an hour. The smell was intoxicating, as you can imagine and the flavor was something she’d never experienced — as reported by Chrystal.
A generous amount of minced garlic covering the salmon seemed to have taken over, but the balance of the oil and limon settled everything right into place. I opted for cauliflower purée for its nutritional properties and its natural pairing with the salmon’s flavor. Potatoes, rice, quinoa or any other every day starch would have been too predictable. The whipped vegetable was soft and ultimately, hinted of garlic. I couldn’t help it!
Mrs. R and me at her island bar after dinner
After 3 hours of comedy relief provided by A, wine sipping, party planning, serving 4 courses, tasting cordials and answering all queries on my artistic life, I took my 5″ stilettos off and folded up my apron.
All was good. Mr. and Mrs. R were satisfied, having experienced new flavor and textures; and I was one happy chef. Not only did I make some new friends that were extremely generous and exhibited that Southern hospitality Atlanta is known for, but I was able to pause for pictures without imposing. After all, Mrs. R knows her daughter takes pictures of everything — inclusive of the pan sizzling up something delicioso. I just ended up with the final plate. Hers anyway!
Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.
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Truffle Herbed & Garlic Infused Salmon
- 8 oz. salmon, skinned
- 2 Tbsp. white truffle oil
- 1.5 tsp. oregano
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 slices of lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
Place clean salmon on plate and rub all over with garlic. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and lemon juice. Cover and chill for up to one hour. In medium non-stick skillet, heat truffle oil. Transfer salmon to skillet using fish tongs. Sear on each side for 4 minutes or until cooked through, depending on your doneness desire.
80 thoughts on “Truffle Herbed Salmon and Cauliflower Purée”
This looks amazing! And how fabulous of your friend to want to give her mom a great dinner for Mother’s Day! And how about you just gave me the perfect way to make my salmon today! Thanks!
That is a wonderful recipes! what gorgeous flavors.
Bren, Andre and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Yes, it was fabulous! Thanks to Chrystal, YOU and ‘A’ for making my Mother’s Day a beautiful evening. With Love, Cheryl
I don’t eat fish but this looks pretty yummy 🙂
I will try this for sure!! Looks SO yummy!!
White truffle oil, salmon and garlic – three of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing another yummy recipe and one I’ll definitely try this week.
Que rico!!! Me encanta la ideade tu amiga detegalarle una cena a su mama! Ahora que alguien me regale lo mismo a mi 😉 me muero por probar uno de tus platos!!
Love everything on this plate. Truffle oil puts it over the top.
I am eating canned soup … at work…during dinner….I shouldn’t have read this!
You rock…and give me courage to try truffle oil.
I can’t stop staring at that plate ‘cuz it’s so beautiful … Bet it tastes fabulous!
That sounds like a wonderful meal. wish you were cooking for me. 🙂
You know I love fish!! That looks like a great dish. I’m glad “A” was there to support you. Next time tell him to stop crackin’ jokes and help you in the kitchen. 🙂
WOman this looks way too good! Oh my goodness. I’m sure your friends mother was really happy. What a great gift. And A needs to help you bit more! lol.
que delicia todo muy rico todo eso esta muy apetitoso y saludable felicidades
You did it again B! I love your creativity with the cauliflower as a side as opposed to a “predictable” starch. Recipe? 🙂
What a delightful dinner for two! I’m sure they were blown away…always with Truffle Oil!! I know how you are with your “Truffles”! I’m going to try Truffle oil on smoked salmon too! Thanks love!!
bueno esa deliciosa receta la hice y aunque no lucia tan bella como se ve esa creo me quedo apcetable por lo menos a mi esposo le gusto gracias por esas maravillosas recetas
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