Salmon is a regular guest at our table, often grilled with this simple sauce. Its sweet and pungent flavour easily stands up to the richness of the fish. Whenever possible we choose wild Pacific salmon; it’s the most sustainable choice available. We’re also big fans of farm-raised Atlantic salmon. It’s much better for us, and the environment, than beef or meat every day.
4 (about 6oz each) salmon fillets
lots of sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of grainy mustard
Season the salmon fillets with lots of salt and pepper.
Whisk the maple syrup and mustard together. Place the salmon in a small pan or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the salmon and marinate for 1 or 2 hours, or even overnight.
Build a hardwood fire and let it die down to a thick bed of glowing coals, or preheat your barbecue to its highest setting.
Grill the salmon fillets for about 5 minutes on the first side, a little less on the second side. Serve at once.
You can easily bake this fish as well. Just pop it into a preheated 400 °F (200 °C) oven for 12 minutes or so. You can personalize the marinade a bit as well by adding 1 teaspoon of curry powder or chili powder. You can also substitute honey for the maple syrup.
One of the best ways to fill Half Your Plate (and all of your soup bowl) is with a simple pureed soup. They’re a time-honoured and super-simple way to get a whole lot of vegetable flavour on the table in a hurry – maybe even hide vegetables from finicky eaters. This one was custom created by MP Bruce Stanton with Chef Michael Smith’s coaching!
There are as many ways to roast a chicken as there are cooks. This basic method is my favourite. Roasting the chicken perched on top of a thick bed of vegetables not only helps you prepare an entire meal at once but also guarantees that not a drop of flavour is lost. You can also skip all the normal laborious of slicing by simply shredding the meat into the works and tossing together a pan stew of sorts!