Salmon with Tarragon Tomato Salsa; the cabinets

First: The fields of ‘tournesol’ or sunflowers.

The field in the background is all in bloom.  The field bordering our property is just starting…

There is one, lonely, sunflower blooming.

But, isn’t it going to be spectacular when all the rest catch up?


On to the kitchen.


Cabinet doors require a lot of gluing and drying so the work is progressing slowly.

Plus, we wanted to live with one for a bit to make certain we like it.  We do.  Do you?

That, and the fact that he conveniently forgot I wanted more glass doors….

And doesn’t have the glass…


There will be built-in lights running the length of the cabinets, underneath, so there is a bit of overhang that looks a little strange with only one set of doors finished.

In the meantime, he’s decided to tackle the bathroom window.  It’s the only one we didn’t have replaced.  I liked it better than the more modern alternatives.

This is the before:


Between the 90 million layers of paint and all the rotten wood it’s taking him a bit longer than planned.

Maybe next week we’ll have the after…

In the meantime, we have cardboard and green plastic.  Tres chic!

We have a proper, big round smoker.  We used to use it lots.

Then mon mari figured out that he could just throw a few wood chips (soaked in water first) right on the coals in the Weber and get a very similar effect in much less time.  We are always in a hurry, you know….

Salmon with TarragonTomato Salsa

Slightly Smoked Salmon with Tomato Tarragon Salsa

2 salmon filets, 12oz (350gr) total  or tuna
2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
wood chips for smoking
Weber-type kettle barbecue with charcoal
or Gas Grill

If you are using small, commercial wood chips, put them in water to soak for 30 minutes or longer.
Charcoal grill: Put some charcoal in the barbecue, off to one side and light it.
Sprinkle the dill weed and salt on the top (or one side) of the fish.
When the coals are glowing, add the fish – either in a basket or on a grill mat (foil works) of some sort, to the other side – in other words, not over the coals. Throw some wood chips on the coals and cover. Check it halfway through and add more wood chips if it has stopped smoking. It’s done when if flakes easily with a fork. We left ours on for about 15 minutes.
To use a gas grill: Only light one side of the grill. Wrap the soaked wood chips loosely in foil. Poke a few holes in the foil and place on the grill. Keep the fish off of direct heat and the grill cover closed and vented or propped open an inch or so.

Did I ever mention that mon mari really doesn’t like any fish other than salmon?  They had some gorgeous tuna… I had this – still slightly pink.


Tomato Tarragon Salsa

1 ripe tomato
1 1/2 tbs fresh tarragon, snipped
1 1/2 tbs fresh parsley, snipped
1 clove garlic
3 tbs mayonnaise

Chop tomato, mince garlic and snip herbs: hold leaves in one hand and snip with a scissors. Put into a small bowl and add mayonnaise. Mix well and serve.

About the wood chips – mon mari just keeps a small bucket of chips and water next to the grills so he always has some ready to use.

That’s the news chez nous.

But there is something going on over at my other blog, Easy Gourmet Dinners.  I should have an announcement posted in about an hour….

10 thoughts on “Salmon with Tarragon Tomato Salsa; the cabinets”

  1. YES I like!
    Then: I understand/know the rules of compost but a city yard 20×20 doesn’t give me much space.
    Love fried green beans.
    Your salmon looks/sounds divine.
    The bathroom window should work out wonderfully. Really look forward to the ‘after’.

  2. I really do like the cupboards! It really has come along quite nicely, in spite of the hospitalization setbacks!
    The fish looks great, and the salsa sounds like a good fit. I have not had tarragon with fish, only chicken, so I am going to give this a try.

  3. Tanna, so am I!, thanks…
    Val, I can’t wait… but I must, sigh…
    Cindy, tarragon goes soooo well with fish!
    Ulrike, lots of time… I’m learning patience.
    Penny, I’ll pass that along

  4. The cabinet is gorgeous! I want to reach out and touch it’s satiny finish. My husband made the cabinet doors to our house in New Mexico, so I know how long it takes. The good news? It will be done, and your kitchen will be special, because it will truly be your own – unlike anyone else’s.
    And the salmon looks lovely…..

  5. The cabinet looks beautiful…..hmmm nice gift to my wife n imagine she will give me a yummy Slightly Smoked Salmon with Tomato Tarragon Salsa

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