No big surprise.
The idea for this blog sprang from two best friends bumping into one another at Trader Joes only to find that they not only had nearly identical items in their baskets, but also had made nearly identical dinners the previous night. Considering that just a few days before both had shown up for work in yellow shirts and jeans, looked at one another and nodded in an “of course” sort of way, this culinary mirroring wasn’t a big surprise. The blog was suggested as a way to (a) keep track of what we’re preparing nightly so that if we ever have dinner brain freeze, we can look back and be inspired and (b) a fun way to track the many, many times we both end up spontaneously making nearly the same thing for dinner.
It, therefore, came as no surprise to me this morning when I logged on to find that Heather made salmon last night. Here is what I made:
Pan seared sock-eye salmon, llapingachos, & curtido. (instagram photo failed to get the colors right – was prettier in person)
Curtido started the whole dinner as I tried to figure out how to use up the left over shredded carrots I had on hand and the green cabbage that came in our CSA box. Basically it’s shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, thinly sliced white onion, oregano, salt & white vinegar. Pickled coleslaw if you will. Yes please.
Llapingachos are a pan-fried, cheese-filled mashed potato cake that I enjoyed when I lived in Ecuador. Pan fry some onions (with achiote paste if you have it and want to be traditional about it) while peeled potatoes are boiling to the mashable place. Run potatoes through the ricer & mix with onions. Shape the potato mixture into equal sized balls. Poke a hole in each ball and stuff with the cheese (I used pepper-jack), then seal the hole. Flatten into patties. Pan fry (I used olive oil) flipping to brown on both sides.
As predictable as Heather and I are in our dinner mirroring, my boys are in their culinary divergence. One wolfed down the curtido & llapingachos and had to be coerced to eat his salmon; the other his salmon (skin first) and llapingachos first and then, once he finally tried it, had 3 helpings of the curtido. Silly boys.