April 06, 2012

And Then There Were 10... or 11...

My sister in law and her husband and youngest son are here. We're having a GREAT time. No politics (love that) and lots of laughter (love that more). Last night all those with a y-chromosome went to a car show while my sister in law and I ran some errands and went to Moe's.

Relaxing and nice.

My home sleeps eight comfortably. If you throw on the ground the single blow up mattress we have, we push to nine mostly comfortable. I found out last night that my niece and her boyfriend are coming, the long drive down from NJ. (They're very responsible mid 20s kids)

And so tomorrow there will be 10. And there is thought they may swing by UF and pick up her brother who is a Junior there and bring him too, making us 11.

Which has me doing a 'hunh'.

I'm actually kind of excited at the thought. I'm already planning meals and trying to figure out what flat surfaces can be converted to a bed. It should be big Easter Energy, as Easter is a big holiday for all of us, one of our favorites.

Last night, before we knew my nephew might make it as well, in the darkness of our bedroom, in bed, I was animatedly describing my plans for meals and going on about how I finally get to meet my niece's boyfriend of nearly 10 years.

And finally when I was quiet, out of the darkness I heard the lone male voice in our room say, "Bou, it's too many people..." And I laughed because he is the extrovert of the two of us and I'm the one that is excited and planning.

I imagine this is what it feels like when... kids come home for Christmas and bring all the grandkids. Getting ready for the hustle and bustle.

My parents and my grandparents... are both examples of homes that get upped a notch at the prospect of family visiting. My parents have meals planned, Mom has little gifts for the kids, Dad will have already started baking. When we'd go visit my grandparents, my Grandaddy would start grocery shopping a month in advance, so excited was he.

So that's whats going on here. It's a little cup of crazy and I'm kind of excited. We'll see how it goes...


Meanwhile, on Wednesday night I decided to cook Salmon for dinner. Five pounds of salmon marinating in an herb, soy, olive oil marinade for an hour, along with a lot of vegetables, were the main plan.

The recipe said to grill it and me, trying to become the grilling expert, not so successfully at times, and never being afraid of trying anything at least once, set about to getting this salmon grilled without asking for help.

Because after all, asking the men in the house that grill all the time, my brother in law being a chef and owning his own restaurant, would be doing the unthinkable, yes?

And so I put the fish on the grill, keeping the grill lid open so I could keep an eye, and I left the porch to grab something. All was well, I flipped the fish, and walked back inside... when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed my nephew walking over to the grill and kind of peeking through the porch screening.

I looked back over to the grill and one foot flames were shooting out with the fish in the middle. I grabbed a plate and ran back out to rescue our dinner.

I could have asked for help, right? Asking for help of the men that grill wouldn't be unreasonable, right?


And so, turning off the grill, fighting back the flames, I rescued our dinner and promptly put it in the oven to bake.

I'm guessing it was the olive oil dripping off that set it afire. Any suggestions as to how to prevent that? Seriously, the recipe said to grill it without mentioning any thought that I would have a fish inferno on my hands...

Thoughts on this are welcome.

Bonus for me, this time I got to keep my eyebrows and the front of my hair was not singed. Always looking for the positive, I am...

Posted by Boudicca at April 6, 2012 10:07 AM

Ummm....maybe ask the CHEF sitting in your home? Maybe? lol......because personally I have no clue. Heck, my brand new fancy grill is still in the box in the garage a year now.... ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at April 6, 2012 11:19 AM

I nearly always use "indirect" cooking. You put coals or turn on a burner only on one side of the grill, then put the food over the "off" side and close the lid. Then fat can drip all it wants, with no ignition source underneath.

Posted by: George P. at April 6, 2012 02:20 PM

Wrap it in foil, which is baking it on the grill.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at April 6, 2012 02:43 PM

Indirect is the only way to prevent flares from oil. The only other thing you could do would be to mostly pat off the excess oil. Salmon is an oily fish anyway so it doesn't need much.

I use the foil method myself either in the oven or on the grill. I'm making it tonight for dinner. I have 2 pounds of salmon cut into 4 serving pieces. I'll make them all - we'll have 2 tonight for dinner and 2 more for lunch over the weekend. Yum! 20 minutes no muss no fuss and dead easy cleanup!

Happy Easter and enjoy all your family being in town!!!

Posted by: Teresa at April 6, 2012 05:44 PM

When cooking salmon we soak cedar planks in water for a few hours, place them on the grill and the salmon on the planks. The planks smoke and char, but keeps the fish from burning and adds an extra layer of flavor.

Posted by: K-nine at April 6, 2012 07:00 PM

.... never put oil on anything when you are going to grill it over an open flame.... ever..... yikes!.....

Posted by: Eric at April 6, 2012 07:34 PM

A cast iron grill plate works for me.
Lodge makes a good one.
Some things are better when done on the flat side and some are better with the ribbed side.

Posted by: jon spencer at April 6, 2012 08:12 PM

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Posted by: jon spencer at April 6, 2012 08:14 PM

Salmon is tasty on the George Foreman.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at April 6, 2012 09:23 PM

If you wrap it in foil, you will actually be poaching it as the foil will keep the steam in.

Lay the foil on the grill and then the fish on the foil. If you set it skin side down (ie two fillets per fish) you don't need to turn it over as salmon tends to come apart when you do that. I do this regularly here on the west coast as salmon is relatively inexpensive and it comes out wonderfully each and every time.

Posted by: Calvin A at April 7, 2012 09:52 AM

Is that why the fire trucks ran through our neighborhood yesterday?? haha actually keep it in the foil on the grill or keep it ON foil. I love placing cedar planks under the salmon too. All great suggestions above.
Tammi, get that grill out of the box... you don't know what your missing!!!

Posted by: jd at April 7, 2012 11:39 AM

So...did y'all survive? ;)

Posted by: Mrs. Who at April 9, 2012 04:32 PM

Never marinate Salmon. If you want, put a thin, I mean really thin, coat of mayo on it for grilling. Trust me on this.

Posted by: Yabu at April 9, 2012 10:42 PM