crispy salmon with yogurt sauce

crispy-salmon

Remember when I said I wanted to eat more fish this year? Yeah, this is the way to eat fish. I’ve always loved salmon, but crisping up that skin really added more to the dish. I found this recipe on Bon Appetit and added my own spin with the addition of spicy harissa on the salmon. Also, ignore my torn off skin. I hesitated posting this picture, but I’m a home cook who has blunders and is proud of this dish.

crispy salmon with yogurt sauce

for the yogurt sauce:

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp grated lemon zest

1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

salt and pepper to tase

for the salmon:

1 1/2 pounds salmon, skin-on

salt and pepper

2 tbsp spicy red harissa

1 tbsp canola oil

First, make the yogurt sauce. Combine everything in a bowl and set aside.

Cut the salmon into 4-5 filets, if not already cut. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and spread the harissa on the side without skin. Heat the oil in a skillet pan until shimmering. Place the salmon skin side down in the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Don’t disturb the salmon while it cooks and you’ll get a nicely browned skin. Flip the salmon and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. The salmon should be opaque at the center. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil, sprinkle on some additional salt, and serve with the yogurt sauce.

january craft: weaving

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I’m such a sucker for Instagram marketing. I learned about this really awesome subscription box from some of my favorite Instagrammers that sends you crafting supplies each month for a new project. Taking the guess work out of trying new things? Sign me up!

The January box from The Crafter’s Box is a weaving kit. They sent the loom and all supplies needed to create a beautiful weaving. I’m never sure about my penchant for actually finishing things, and I told myself that if I didn’t start the weaving by the time my February box payment was due I would cancel my subscription. Well, I started it and finished over the course of a long weekend. And let me say that I LOVE the idea of weaving. It was a great change from knitting. The Rya weaving looks gorgeous on my wall and I have that sense of pride that I haven’t felt in a long time.

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You guys, I made this! And I had fun doing this!

Who knows, maybe I’ll make a couple more to work my way through my yarn stash. January craft = success.

I’ll do it tomorrow

procrastination

Procrastination has always been a major enemy of mine. I’m such a lazy sloth sometimes. After a long day at work all I want to do is melt into the couch and watch the life of Mindy Lahiri unfold in front of me. And I swear my procrastination is worse now than it ever has been. Grad school gave me concrete deadlines, and now I make up the deadlines and can change them as I please. This is how I’m still working on the same scarf from last March. It’s how it took me three months to get out to a park for an hour. It’s how it took me 18 days to write a simple post about a scone. No matter what I do, it’s just so easy to sit down after work and cooking and cleaning up after dinner and say “Whatever,I’lljustdoittomorrow.”

What’s weird is that I don’t procrastinate on household things. I cook almost every night. I clean up right after dinner. I tidy up a little bit night. I clean the bathroom regularly. I never really procrastinate on these things, but when it comes to my hobbies I’ll procrastinate to no end. Maybe I’m just not as passionate about knitting as I am about binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, but I also don’t need to re-watch the tragedies at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for the 20th time. I need to stop procrastinating on hobbies for my own sanity.

Unfortunately, I think I will always battle with procrastination, but I can work a little at a time towards my goals. I can knit ten rows in that scarf while Johnny plays video games. I can write one blog post during my down time between getting home from work and making dinner. I can read one chapter in a book each night before bed. It’s not like I don’t have the time for these simple things. It’s just so hard to will myself to get off the couch and focus on something sometimes.

If I’m going to accomplish anything this year I need to cool it on the tomorrow’s. Tomorrow will catch up to me eventually and I’ll have nothing to show for it.

How do you handle procrastination in your life? What do you tell yourself to get yourself motivated?