Self Catering in your Florida Villa - Part 3

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Self Catering in your Florida Villa - Part 3

Continued from part 2.

Salmon is a huge favorite of ours. Visit the fish counter in Publix and aside from just buying regular salmon fillets you can buy salmon pinwheels stuffed with crabmeat, bourbon glazed salmon and cedar plank salmon with lime and cilantro.

First let' s look at what you can do quickly and easily with a salmon fillet. I tend to choose one very large one or two smaller ones for our moderate sized appetites and ask for them to be skinned. I usually buy the lemon finishing butter as well which is not only lovely to cook the salmon in but great for pasta also. Start by putting the fillets into a foil lined baking dish and add veg of your choice, I like asparagus and cherry tomatoes, but will sometimes used the ready chopped tomatoes and peppers, season with salt and pepper and then if the mood takes me I might also cover with grated Parmesan or a knob of the lemon finishing butter. Fold the foil to make a parcel and bake in a pre heated oven at 400 for approx 25 - 30 minutes, I find the ovens in the US seem to take a little longer than back home.

Once cooked you can serve this with savory rice, Publix sell Uncle Bens microwave rice or if you want to be a bit more adventurous try using Zatan ( I think that' s how you spell it! ) flavored rice, they make a number of varieties including garden vegetable and Caribbean style.

If you are a potato lover you can buy fresh garlic mash or fresh red bliss mash in resealable containers which will keep in the fridge several days, of course you can make your own but I' m trying to suggest quick and easy meals. You can also buy fresh hash browns and fresh breakfast potatoes ( a bit like parmentier potatoes) or there' s always the salad accompaniment stand by!

Another favorite of ours is to cook some pasta and once cooked stir in chopped peppers and chopped tomatoes before adding Salmon flavor Philadelphia cheese, or lemon finishing butter and serve topped off with your salmon fillet or shredded baked salmon and warm crusty bread.

The more adventurous presentations of salmon mentioned above all come with cooking instructions but again I do find that they take a few minutes longer than stated. As an alternative to salmon why not try tilapia, a popular white fish which cooks like salmon and which again you can buy from the fish counter presented in a variety of ways. Ready prepared salmon and tilapia can be served with some of the accompaniments I have suggested, or just choose your own!

You can have salmon on the table from prep to serving in less than 40 minutes.

Read on in part 4 for some further suggestions.

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