Monday, October 29, 2012

Lunch during the hurricane

I've never encountered a hurricane but the notion that there's going to be a big horrible one was a tad terrifying for me. My fears were further reinforced when I went to the local grocery store and drugstore. Giant was completely packed, with families carrying cases upon cases of water in their shopping carts. We were lucky enough to nab one of the last remaining cases, but we weren't so lucky with the flashlights. Both Walgreens and CVS were sold out of those, as well as umbrellas and candles.

Now that we're in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, it really doesn't seem too bad. It seems that a hurricane is just a super windy rain storm. Work was cancelled, but when I woke up this morning, I could barely even hear rain. It's gotten a little worse since then, but it's not too bad, although I don't want to jinx anything. I'm laughing at it now, but watch the power, water, and Internet will go out tonight because Mother Nature wants to spite me.

Irene and I are just sitting around the dining room table, waiting on the storm to pass. I decided to make a fancy-ish lunch, which was delicious and very simple. It's based on this recipe for chili rubbed salmon with cilantro avocado salsa, except I simplified it a bunch. When it comes for recipes for entrees, I like to look them up for interesting flavor combinations, but I usually don't measure anything because you don't need the ratios down to the exact 1/8 teaspoon. For the salmon, I threw together pinches of the listed spices in arbitrary amounts: chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper (plus powdered garlic which is not listed, but fish always tastes better with garlic), and then pan fried it over medium heat. For the cilantro avocado salsa, I didn't make it from scratch because I have store bought guac at home. I just enhanced it with powdered garlic, powdered onion, pepper, and chopped cilantro, and it went perfectly with the fish. We're having some friends who live in our building come over for dinner tonight since there's not much else to do, and I'm excited to cook for that.

P.S. My post made Reddit front page! Bucket list item, check.

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