Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon and Freddie Hubbard

When I think of sweet chili sauce, the first thing that comes to mind is how amazing of a combination sweet and spicy are. Sweet things are always nice in the kitchen and in life, but I think that you need some excitement through spice thrown in there! The key word is balance. Like any great recipe, movie, show, anything.. there’s a balance involved.. Tension and release.

Cue Music: Freddie Hubbard “You’re My Everything” from Hub-tones

For instance,  trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s  playing is the perfect balance of a sweet tone and exciting rhythmic interjections and nuances sprinkled throughout. He starts out playing the melody of one of my favorite jazz standards, “You’re My Everything” so sweetly, then halfway through he pops a high note out “Bow!” (I’m referring to 0:27) This is just a glimpse of the spiciness he’ll throw into his solo after the melody. He creates a cohesive solo through tasty phrasing and with a swinging band including Herbie Hancock on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and James Spaulding on saxophone backing him up, it creates the perfect sense of sweet satisfaction and spicy excitement! On with the sweet chili glazed salmon:

Yield: 4 servings 

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 lb salmon skin on cut into fillets

for the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • juice from 2 limes squeezed
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger

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Whisk all the ingredients together, pour over salmon in either a ziploc bag or container. Let marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat 2 tbsp of a “high smoking point” oil (grapeseed or vegetable oil)  in a large frying pan on medium high. Once oil is hot carefully place 2 fillets in the pan skin side down. Let them sear for about 2 minutes so the skin crisps up a little. Flip them and let the top side get golden on the edges (2 minutes). Repeat with the rest of the fillets. Place them on a baking sheet skin side down and finish them off in the oven, maybe 5-7 minutes depending on thickness of fillets. Photo-55

(excuse my iphone photos.. I left my good camera in Sweden by accident on the Mrs Carter Show Tour- being shipped back to the US 🙂 )

 Improvise by:

  • Baking the salmon completely, cooking on stove top, or grilling (yum!)
  • try marinating with different flavors/sauces (teriyaki, hoisin, etc)
  • Using this marinade for other proteins whether it be other fish or chicken, etc.

I prepared my salmon with wilted spinach, that I cooked in the same large pan the salmon was seared in, picking up all the tasty bits left behind. In addition, I roasted cauliflower that I coated with olive oil, salt and pepper in the oven at 425 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes, flipping/stirring occasionally.

Enjoy!

Good morning! Smoothie diaries..

Good morning all!

I’m one of those people that practically rolls out of bed and eats breakfast, which usually consists of a smoothie of some kind. It’s the perfect thing to get me going and take on the day! This morning’s smoothie was very simple.

Yield: 1 serving

What you need:

  • 2 kiwis (skin cut off)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • *1 tbsp flax seeds

*Flax seeds are a pure and natural source of Omega-3, Lignans, Fiber, Trace vitamins and minerals, and amino acids! They’re great added into smoothies, yogurts, cereal, baking, whatever! They don’t really have a taste at all.

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First things first, since you are getting ready to seize the day, you “Better Go” and play this while you’re preparing your smoothie!

That’s Ben Webster and Sweets Edison from “Ben and Sweets” The track is called “Better Go”. I’m a fan of anything that makes me dance. Between Ben and Sweets and this sweet berry smoothie this day is starting off on the right foot!

Add all of your ingredients into your blender and go! Don’t be afraid to improvise on this one by:

  • substituting your favorite frozen fruit
  • Throwing in an apple
  • subbing OJ or another juice for the coconut water..

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Have a great day!!

A