If it is cold where you are, you will need to imagine for a moment that it is summer. Go a step further and imagine yourself on a Mediterranean beach. (Majorca, Santorini, Portofino, Antibes, Kusadasi.....take your pick) It is time for a little something delicious, so go find a table in a nearby outdoor cafe. Order the salmon carpaccio with olive relish and an aperitif. Enjoy. —Waverly
for the salmon
fresh salmon, skinned and boned
lemon, juice only
orange, juice only
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
for the relish
picholine olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
PREP AND MARINATE THE SALMON: Rinse and dry salmon. Wrap in plastic and freeze for 30 minutes to make slicing easier. Meanwhile, combine lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, sea salt, and olive oil. Unwrap salmon and cut against the grain into wafer thin slices. Place in a shallow non-reactive dish. Pour marinade over salmon; turn to coat; and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours. The acidic citrus juices "cook" the fish.
MAKE THE RELISH: In a medium serving bowl, combine olives, capers, chili flakes, garlic, chopped parsley, orange zest and juice, olive oil , and pepper. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
SERVE: Remove fish from refrigerator and drain off the marinade. Arrange salmon on a serving platter and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the thinly sliced baguette and parsley. To eat: place a few sprigs of parsley on a slice of baguette. Top with a generous amount of olive relish. Place a slice of salmon carpaccio on top of the relish. Enjoy.
Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.