Friday, March 27, 2009


"Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment."
~Ellis Peters

~ Spring container garden
(Daffodil, pussy willow, primrose, English daisy)
~ Native Americans pioneered the art of roasting on wood planks. The rich aroma of red cedar adds a sweet, spicy, roasted flavor. This keepsake recipe ( a 'perfect' marriage of maple syrup & cedar) came with the Chinook plank.
1 cup pure Michigan maple syrup
2 Tbsp. finely grated peeled fresh ginger root
4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 1/2 lbs. center-cut salmon fillet with skin
Greens from 1 bunch scallions
  • In a small heavy saucepan simmer maple syrup, ginger root, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Maple glaze may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temperature before proceeding.
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Season surface of plank lightly with cooking oil. Arrange scallion greens in one layer on plank. In another small saucepan, heat half of the glaze over low heat until heated through to use as a sauce. Stir in remaining lemon juice. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • Place salmon, skin side down, on scallion greens. Brush with remaining glaze. Season salmon with salt & pepper. Roast in middle of oven until just cooked about 25-30 minutes. Note: Without a plank, bake on foil-lined pan or in baking dish for about 35 minutes. Delicious served with Rosemary Roasted Red skin or Sweet Potatoes (Slice potato in wedges, toss with extra-virgin olive, chopped fresh rosemary and coarse salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste. Place in ovenproof pan or iron skillet and bake in 450 degree oven 45 minutes or until roasted, turning occasionally.)

~ Pussy Willow


Unknown said...

Nice recipe! I love you flower photos too...I always think flowers are so pretty and peaceful to look at.

Gail said...

Happy Friday Joey, Lovely container planting....and the Pussy Willow is charming....HMM rosemary potatoes...I don't think I've ever met a bad potato recipe. I hope your weekend is delightful. Gail

Roses and Lilacs said...

Maybe I'll look into buying a cedar plank. It sounds easy enough and I know the flavor is much better.

The pussy willows are one of my favorites--like a cross between a fuzzy animal and a plant. Silly, huh?

Connie said...

The salmon sounds delectable! Soon my husband will be catching them in the river below our house.
I love pussy willows and planted one just for the catkins, but it died in our hot summer....they are so water hungry.

Unknown said...

Your flower collage is lovely!

Mandy_Fish said...

Sounds delish!

I like the pussy willow too.

Pat said...

English daisy and pussy willow...I like...I like.
Must make time this week to get my seeds started and see what's blooming outside.

Manju said...

dont tell me those are all container plants!! beautiful!! ive been planning for one in my patio but never got around to do any sort of gardening at all!!
Love rosemary potatoes!!

beckie said...

Great quote, Joey. I love your spring container! Can't help but smile when you see such beauty. I really love those English Daisys. I haven't seen those before. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Gosh--it's so pretty and Pussy Willow is one of my favorites. It sure photographs well doesn't it? I've never grown one and I'll have to remedy that.

joey said...

Thank you, Desmone ... your site is filled with delectable yummies ... now, if only more hours (and a larger frame) to enjoy all there is to savor!

I can imagine a heavenly weekend for you, Gail. With camera near and your new landscaping, life is good ;) Thanks for the kind thoughts!

I love my cedar plank, Marnie! Mine is for the oven ... not too keen on those for the grill that seem to impart too harsh a flavor for my taste. Love your thoughts on pussy willows ... same as mine :)

How lucky you are to have a fisherman husband, Connie. I love salmon and best caught fresh! Enjoy the taste treat!

Thanks Kanak. I'm delighted to hear from you again :)

Not surprised you liked this post, dear Mandy! (Especially the pussy willows that kind of link with your past post :)

Thanks Patsi. Thought I don't do many seeds, this is a busy, crazy time of year for gardeners.

Garden centers are a bit of heaven, Superchef, bringing spring dreams a bit closer to reality. And rosemary potatoes are a bit of heaven also :)

How sweet, Beckie. Though not yet popping in the garden, I can force spring in a container ... a good thing!

Thanks dear Anna. I MUST have spring pussy willows to fulfill childhood memories.

JP said...

Wonderful pictures...

Have happy weekend.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Yellow, pink and white. What a sweet combination. I would like to have one small garden with just those colors.

Unknown said...

Salmon and maple are two of my favourite foods. Maple smoked-salmon is beyond awesome, but it's fab on fresh salmon too, as you can tell.

joey said...

Jarlin, your 'time' post is awesome! Happy weekend :)

That's what is fun about container gardening, Brenda ... mini- gardens!

Please tell me your 'Farch' has ended, dear jodi. Regarding salmon & maple, trust me, these are 2 delightful 'spring' melding flavors!

marmee said...

yummy recipe's, we love cedar planked salmon, i will try this new approach.
love the pussywillows!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

That Ellis Peters. She knew how to turn a sentence didn't she? The recipe sounds divine. Brother Cadfael would like it for sure. ;) ~~Dee

joey said...

Enjoy the salmon, Marmee. This recipe reminds me of both early spring and autumn.

Indeed Dee! Good point though I've never read the series ... have you? Another add-on to my L O N G list of things to do (before I die :)

Catherine said...

Love the quote~so true! Your flowers & captures are so beautiful! And the Salmon sounds delicious that way!

I'm out of M&M's, but enjoying jellybeans as I catch up on your beautiful posts! :)

joey said...

Thank you, dear Cat. No M&Ms! Me either ... it's Lent. Will I make it :)