Today I'm thinking about life. What makes a good one? What makes one happy? Does happiness equal a good life? Before I even start, I'm afraid I don't have any answer. I know the things that make me happy: coffee in the morning, just being with friends and family, cooking and eating, cooking and eating with friends, doing anything outside (doesn't matter what) but especially bicycling. But we humans, we're all so complicated.
I've realized lately how many things I'm afraid of. There are dumb things like spiders and close spaces, but then there are real things like being lonely (I hate being lonely), leading a boring life, being made a fool of, being left behind. But these are all things I'm just going to have to deal with. There will always be spiders and, geez, I make an idiot of myself on a regular basis. And as much as I wish I were immune to it, loneliness will find me some day or another. But then there's always the good things. I have the best friends you could ask for and an even better family. I live in a country where there is always food, though I realize some people are not so lucky. I guess, even though I don't possess everything I want and even some of the things I want more than anything, my life is pretty good even when I have to sit inside.
Salmon with Creme Fraiche and Capers: for one
(This is the easiest recipe, ever. Plus, it gave me the chance to use some of my herbs from my now prospering garden.)
1 salmon filet (with the skin)
1/4 creme fraiche
salt and pepper
In a skillet, heat some olive oil on medium. Lightly salt and pepper the salmon. Place salmon filet in skillet, skin side down, and cover with a lid. The steam will cook the top of the salmon and the skin with be extra crispy. Cook until the salmon turns a lighter pink color and flakes all the way through when you stab it with a fork.
Meanwhile, stir together about a teaspoon of curry powder with the creme fraiche and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top the cooked salmon with the curry creme fraiche, capers and fresh dill.